skip to content
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Tamas by Frank Lampard. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
Mikel concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Odemwingie. Free kick crossed by Chris Brunt, comfortable save by Henrique Hilario.
Ashley Cole fouled by Peter Odemwingie, the ref awards a free kick. Peter Odemwingie goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Henrique Hilario.
Booking for John Terry for unsporting behaviour.
Frank Lampard takes a shot. Blocked by Jonas Olsson.
Effort from 6 yards by Peter Odemwingie. Save by Jose Bosingwa.
Ramires is penalised for a handball. (West Brom) makes a substitution, with Graham Dorrans coming on for Youssouf Mulumbu. Direct free kick taken by Jonas Olsson.
The ball is crossed by Jose Bosingwa, Florent Malouda finds the net with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Chelsea 2-1 West Brom.Assist on the goal came from Jose Bosingwa.
Nicolas Anelka takes a shot from long range which goes wide right of the target.
Jose Bosingwa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu. Nicky Shorey takes the direct free kick.
Shot from deep inside the area by Frank Lampard clears the crossbar.
Nicolas Anelka takes the outswinging corner, Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.
Florent Malouda takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Shane Long manages to make a clearance.
(West Brom) makes a substitution, with Peter Odemwingie coming on for Somen Tchoyi.
The offside flag is raised against Somen Tchoyi. Henrique Hilario restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Frank Lampard.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Tamas by Didier Drogba. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
Didier Drogba has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.
Effort on goal by Nicolas Anelka from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Florent Malouda takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Steven Reid.
Branislav Ivanovic on for Alex.
Somen Tchoyi is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Alex restarts play with the free kick.
Didier Drogba has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.
Shane Long concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikel. Alex takes the free kick.
Chris Brunt takes a outswinging corner.
Somen Tchoyi has a curled shot. Save by Henrique Hilario.
Jonas Olsson is cautioned.
Didier Drogba on for Fernando Torres.
Jose Bosingwa fouled by Somen Tchoyi, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Florent Malouda, Somen Tchoyi makes a clearance.
Shot by Frank Lampard from 20 yards. Blocked by Gabriel Tamas.
Florent Malouda takes a shot. Gabriel Tamas gets a block in.
Nicolas Anelka takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Ben Foster gets a block in.
Shot by Florent Malouda from 25 yards. Clearance by Gabriel Tamas.
Effort from 18 yards by Frank Lampard. Blocked by Jonas Olsson.
Close range headed effort by Paul Scharner clears the crossbar.
Nicolas Anelka scores a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 1-1 West Brom.The assist for the goal came from Frank Lampard.
Foul by Somen Tchoyi on Mikel, free kick awarded. Henrique Hilario takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Morrison by Alex. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Chris Brunt, Alex fouled by Paul Scharner, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Henrique Hilario.
Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
Outswinging corner taken by Florent Malouda from the left by-line, clearance by Steven Reid.
Foul by Youssouf Mulumbu on Fernando Torres, free kick awarded. Youssouf Mulumbu receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Alex produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save by Ben Foster.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Terry by Somen Tchoyi. Alex restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard from the left by-line, Gabriel Tamas manages to make a clearance.
Shot by Ashley Cole. Ben Foster makes a brilliant save.
Outswinging corner taken by Chris Brunt, Jose Bosingwa makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Gabriel Tamas by Florent Malouda results in a free kick. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Paul Scharner by Mikel results in a free kick. Gabriel Tamas takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shane Long by Frank Lampard. The referee books Frank Lampard for unsporting behaviour. (Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Florent Malouda coming on for Salomon Kalou. Jonas Olsson restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from just outside the box by John Terry misses to the right of the target.
Effort from the edge of the area by Somen Tchoyi goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Salomon Kalou on Youssouf Mulumbu. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
Ramires concedes a free kick for a foul on Youssouf Mulumbu. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Header from deep inside the penalty area by Nicolas Anelka goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Mikel challenges Youssouf Mulumbu unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Fernando Torres takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
Chris Brunt takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Frank Lampard.
Corner taken by Chris Brunt played to the near post, Frank Lampard makes a clearance.
Paul Scharner takes a shot. Save by Henrique Hilario.
Shot by Salomon Kalou from just outside the area goes over the net.
Shane Long is ruled offside. Mikel restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard from the right by-line.
Somen Tchoyi is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Alex.
Jose Bosingwa delivers the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Ramires misses to the left of the goal.
Foul by Gabriel Tamas on Salomon Kalou, free kick awarded. Gabriel Tamas goes into the book. John Terry takes the free kick.
Shane Long gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Chelsea 0-1 West Brom.
The official flags Somen Tchoyi offside. Alex takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Scharner by Fernando Torres. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
Villas-Boas demands home successes
Andre Villas-Boas insists Chelsea must win their back-to-back home games with West Brom and Norwich if they are to be considered serious Barclays Premier League title contenders this season.
The Blues were held to a goalless draw in Sunday's opening-weekend clash at Stoke, while Manchester United and Manchester City both won to open up the earliest of two-point leads on their other main championship rival.
And although there are still 37 games to go, new Chelsea boss Villas-Boas acknowledged his side could not afford to fall further behind the two Manchester clubs before the end of the month.
The Portuguese, who has made regaining the league title the top priority of his first season in charge, said: "We have two games at home that we must do everything in our power to get three points out of, because it's seven points (in total) and can get us into a good position.
"It's two games at home and you have to win them."
Chelsea were unfortunate not to take maximum points at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday but the game also demonstrated why Villas-Boas is so keen to add more creativity to his midfield.
He hinted on Thursday that the club would not be held to ransom over Tottenham's Luka Modric, who remains the Blues' number one transfer target.
Spain winger Juan Mata is another possible signing, amid reports the Blues have offered Valencia #27million for his services, bids for Porto pair Alvaro Pereira and Joao Moutinho have also been mooted, while Genk's Kevin de Bruyne this week revealed talks had taken place between his representative and Chelsea.
But Villas-Boas will have to make do against West Brom in what will be his first home game as Blues boss.
All the club's pre-season matches were away from Stamford Bridge and Villas-Boas admitted it felt good to be back at the stadium where he spent three years helping Jose Mourinho mastermind the most successful period in Chelsea's history.
The Portuguese once again faces plenty of selection dilemmas, most notably whether to start Hilario or Ross Turnbull in goal following Petr Cech's injury.
Fernando Torres surely did enough against Stoke to keep his place, although Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka both boast impressive records against West Brom.
"I have to judge everything and be sensitive to that of course," said Villas-Boas, who yesterday added Romelu Lukaku to his phalanx of forwards.
"It's just good to have this availability."
West Brom manager Roy Hodgson is relishing pitting his years of experience against Chelsea's youthful new boss.
Amazingly, Hodgson, at the age of 64, has been managing for longer than 33-year-old Villas-Boas has been alive.
Hodgson is convinced Villas-Boas will be a success at Chelsea - but he hopes that will start after Albion have played them at Stamford Bridge.
He said: "For someone who started his own coaching career as young as I did, it would be foolish to start discussing people's ages when they start new jobs.
"I know Chelsea are very happy with their appointment and I am sure he will do a very good job for them. I have met him in the past. He came to see us for a short while when I was at Fulham but it was for a very short time.
"At the age of 33 I had just won my second championship in Sweden with my first one at 29. To be fair I was doing it in Sweden where the players were part-time professionals.
"I wasn't doing it at Porto and Chelsea, so I am not making a comparison with Andre Villas-Boas as he has been in the Champions League and is working for one of the most prestigious clubs in Europe.
"Whether or not starting out as a manager in your 30s is the best way of surviving into your 60s I don't know.
"I've been lucky but I do not know whether I would be pushing people into top jobs if their aim is to have a 35 or 36 year career. We all know that the hiring and firing gets greater every year."
The Baggies have a major doubt over striker Peter Odemwingie while winger Jerome Thomas will definitely be missing.
The pair sat out last weekend's opening match of the season against Manchester United and Odemwingie is battling to shake off an ankle injury while Thomas has hip and thigh problems.
Right-back Steven Reid, who was forced off with a leg injury against United, is fit.
Central defender Gareth McAuley, who has been struggling with illness, could be on the bench against the Blues after coming through a midweek reserve game.
Malouda hands Villas-Boas maiden win
Florent Malouda spared Andre Villas-Boas' blushes on his home debut as Chelsea manager with a late winner in the 2-1 victory over West Brom in the Barclays Premier League.
Malouda lost his place in the starting line-up but was brought on in the first half and came to the rescue by converting Jose Bosingwa's cross with seven minutes remaining.
Villas-Boas had been heading for his first league defeat for more than 16 months when Shane Long continued his dream start to life at Albion by giving them a half-time lead but Nicolas Anelka equalised with a deflected shot before Malouda pounced.
But Chelsea looked anything but title challengers and are in desperate need of the type of midfield inspiration the likes of transfer targets Luka Modric and Juan Mata would doubtless provide.
Villas-Boas, who did not lose in the league at Porto last season, gave a sheepish wave to his new supporters after taking his seat in the dugout but it took less than four minutes for reality to bite.
Bosingwa's pass put Alex under needless pressure from Long, the striker robbing the defender before bearing down on Hilario, whose first task deputising for the injured Petr Cech was picking the ball out of the net.
There was little improvement from Chelsea at the start of the second half but a slice of luck helped them equalise in the 53rd minute.
Lampard went down in the box laying the ball back to Anelka, who cut inside and unleashed a shot which took a telling deflection off the heel of Jonas Olsson and nestled in the far corner.
The winner arrived when Bosingwa skipped too easily between Morrison and Nicky Shorey down the right and produced the ball of the match, swept home by Malouda at the far post.
© 2004 - 2014 football.co.uk