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The Hawthorns (ATT 25,933) 17th November 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Oliver

W Brom West Bromwich Albion vs Chelsea Chelsea

W Brom 2

S Long (10)
P Odemwingie (50)

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Chelsea 1

E Hazard (39)

West Brom go fourth after impressive 2-1 win over Chelsea at The Hawthorns

Last Updated: 17/11/12 7:49pm

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Shane Long: Heads home West Brom's opener against Chelsea

Shane Long: Heads home West Brom's opener against Chelsea

West Brom maintained their impressive start to the season as they beat Chelsea 2-1 at The Hawthorns.

Peter Odemwingie nodded in the winning goal early in the second half after Shane Long and Eden Hazard had also scored with close-range headers before the break.

Best of the match

  • Man of the match: Shane Long gave Gary Cahill and David Luiz a torrid time all afternoon.
  • Goal of the match: Peter Odemwingie's neat header to win it.
  • Save of the match: Boaz Myhill palmed the ball away from point-blank range after Daniel Sturridge raced onto Juan Mata's looping through-ball.
  • Talking point: Did Roberto Di Matteo make too many changes for a tough Premier League trip?

Roberto Di Matteo, on his return to West Brom, saw his side push hard for a second equaliser but they were unable to find a way past Boaz Myhill who was deputising for the injured Ben Foster in the Baggies goal.

Chelsea were much changed as they had one eye on Tuesday's crunch clash with Juventus in the UEFA Champions League and left the likes of Ashley Cole, Ramires, Oscar and Juan Mata on the bench.

And it showed in their sluggish start when Shane Long escaped the clutches of David Luiz to head past Petr Cech at the far post from a probing James Morrison cross.

Chelsea enjoyed plenty of possession in the early stages but Long was a constant threat on the break and got the better of Gary Cahill on two occasions without finding the net.

At the other end, Ryan Bertrand saw an effort cleared off the line by Liam Ridgewell and Daniel Sturridge also had a shot comfortably saved by Myhill.

And the Blues did find an equaliser before the break thanks to a tactical shift as Di Matteo switched Hazard to the left flank.

The Belgium international headed in Cesar Azpilicueta's cross from close range via a deflection off Billy Jones' shoulder.

But Steve Clarke's side started quickly again after the interval and Odemwingie converted Long's near-post cross from the right to restore the home side's lead.

When Oscar and Mata finally did emerge from the bench, the visitors took control of the game and pushed hard for an equaliser.

But Myhill saved smartly from Sturridge on two occasions and Albion held on for a win that takes them to the dizzy heights of fourth in the Premier League.

West Bromwich AlbionTeam StatisticsChelsea
2Goals1
11st Half Goals1
5Shots on Target7
2Shots off Target6
2Blocked Shots6
0Corners12
7Fouls13
2Offsides1
0Yellow Cards0
0Red Cards0
78.9Passing Success89.8
22Tackles13
72.7Tackles Success53.8
35.3Possession64.7
39.1Territorial Advantage60.9
342Total Passes607
7Total Crosses44
132Lost Balls146
50Recoveries45
37.51st Half Poss.62.5
34.12nd Half Poss.65.9

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7 Southampton 33 56
8 Swansea City 33 47
9 Stoke City 33 46
10 West Ham United 33 43
11 Crystal Palace 33 42
12 Everton 33 41
13 West Bromwich Albion 33 36
14 Newcastle United 33 35
15 Aston Villa 33 32
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17 Hull City 32 28
18 Leicester City 32 28
19 Queens Park Rangers 33 26
20 Burnley 33 26

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