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Peter Odemwingie delivers the ball, Petr Cech makes a save.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Abdoulaye Meite.
Ashley Cole fouled by Steven Reid, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ashley Cole.
John Terry takes a shot. Save by Scott Carson.
Foul by Jonas Olsson on Salomon Kalou, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Florent Malouda.
Centre by Carlos Alberto Vela, Chris Brunt takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.
Shot from outside the box by Youssouf Mulumbu misses to the left of the target.
Effort from deep inside the area by Florent Malouda misses to the left of the goal.
Carlos Alberto Vela fouled by John Terry, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Brunt produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Fernando Torres. Scott Carson takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Scott Carson restarts play with the free kick.
Somen Tchoyi replaces Jerome Thomas. Didier Drogba goes off and Fernando Torres comes on.
Effort on goal by Peter Odemwingie from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Michael Essien concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlos Alberto Vela. Carlos Alberto Vela takes the free kick.
Florent Malouda takes a shot. Scott Carson makes a fantastic save.
Marinho David Luiz delivers the ball, Abdoulaye Meite manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Peter Odemwingie, Petr Cech makes a save.
Yossi Benayoun comes on in place of Frank Lampard.
The ball is swung over by Jose Bosingwa, clearance by Abdoulaye Meite.
The official flags Salomon Kalou offside. Steven Reid restarts play with the free kick.
Jose Bosingwa crosses the ball, clearance made by Jonas Olsson.
James Morrison leaves the field to be replaced by Carlos Alberto Vela. Gonzalo Jara comes on in place of Paul Scharner.
A cross is delivered by Ashley Cole.
Centre by Salomon Kalou, Scott Carson makes a save.
Effort from outside the penalty area by Chris Brunt goes wide left of the target.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Marinho David Luiz on Peter Odemwingie. Direct free kick taken by Peter Odemwingie.
Effort from the edge of the area by Florent Malouda goes wide of the left-hand upright.
A cross is delivered by Nicky Shorey, clearance made by John Terry.
Centre by Paul Scharner, clearance by Jose Bosingwa.
A cross is delivered by Nicky Shorey, Header on goal by Paul Scharner from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Peter Odemwingie fouled by Marinho David Luiz, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.
Didier Drogba is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Abdoulaye Meite takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is delivered by Frank Lampard, Abdoulaye Meite makes a clearance.
Jose Bosingwa is brought on as a substitute for Branislav Ivanovic.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Peter Odemwingie. John Terry takes the free kick.
Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Abdoulaye Meite gets a block in.
Shot from 25 yards by Ashley Cole. Blocked by Chris Brunt.
Florent Malouda takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Scott Carson makes a save.
A cross is delivered by Didier Drogba, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Salomon Kalou misses to the left of the goal.
James Morrison crosses the ball, Ashley Cole manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonas Olsson by Didier Drogba. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.
The ball is crossed by Florent Malouda.
The ball is sent over by James Morrison.
Corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt.
Jerome Thomas takes a shot. Branislav Ivanovic gets a block in.
Didier Drogba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu. Jonas Olsson takes the direct free kick.
Didier Drogba produces a right-footed shot from long range that goes over the bar.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Florent Malouda. Jonas Olsson takes the free kick.
Paul Scharner takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.
Chris Brunt takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post.
The referee blows for offside against Frank Lampard. Jonas Olsson takes the indirect free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Chris Brunt, Jonas Olsson takes a shot. Clearance by Didier Drogba.
The referee blows for offside. Jonas Olsson takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Jonas Olsson, save made by Petr Cech.
The ball is sent over by Florent Malouda, Frank Lampard gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Brom 1-3 Chelsea.Assist on the goal came from Florent Malouda.
Didier Drogba delivers the ball.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikel on Youssouf Mulumbu. Chris Brunt takes the free kick.
Michael Essien challenges Jerome Thomas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jerome Thomas.
Ashley Cole crosses the ball.
Unfair challenge on Michael Essien by James Morrison results in a free kick. Mikel takes the direct free kick.
Ashley Cole produces a cross.
The referee blows for offside. Scott Carson takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Didier Drogba from the right by-line played to the near post, Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Abdoulaye Meite on Didier Drogba. Abdoulaye Meite is given a yellow card. Strike on goal comes in from Frank Lampard from the free kick, save made by Scott Carson.
Unfair challenge on Ashley Cole by Chris Brunt results in a free kick. John Terry takes the direct free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard, Michael Essien takes a shot. Save by Scott Carson.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda from the left by-line.
Unfair challenge on Michael Essien by Youssouf Mulumbu results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Didier Drogba from right channel.
Ashley Cole takes a shot.
A cross is delivered by Ashley Cole, clearance made by Nicky Shorey.
Youssouf Mulumbu fouled by Mikel, the ref awards a free kick. Abdoulaye Meite takes the free kick.
Chris Brunt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba. Free kick taken by Florent Malouda.
Goal scored by Salomon Kalou from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Brom 1-2 Chelsea.Didier Drogba provided the assist for the goal.
Drilled right-footed shot by Didier Drogba. Scott Carson makes a save.
The ball is swung over by Branislav Ivanovic, clearance by Steven Reid.
Chris Brunt produces a cross.
Goal scored by Didier Drogba from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Brom 1-1 Chelsea.
Centre by Florent Malouda.
A cross is delivered by Branislav Ivanovic, clearance by Paul Scharner.
A goal is scored by Peter Odemwingie from the edge of the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. West Brom 1-0 Chelsea.Jerome Thomas provided the assist for the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikel on Peter Odemwingie. Direct free kick taken by Chris Brunt.
Didier Drogba crosses the ball, save by Scott Carson.
Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard.
Salomon Kalou takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
Didier Drogba takes a long range shot clearing the crossbar.
Effort on goal by Youssouf Mulumbu from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Corner taken by Florent Malouda from the left by-line, Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.
Ashley Cole sends in a cross, blocked by Steven Reid.
The ball is swung over by Youssouf Mulumbu, save by Petr Cech.
Shot by Peter Odemwingie from 20 yards. Blocked by John Terry.
Florent Malouda has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
Hodgson tips Torres to end famine
Fernando Torres will be a "big success" at Chelsea despite his poor form since joining the club, according to his former manager Roy Hodgson,
Hodgson's West Brom team face the Blues on Saturday, and the former Liverpool boss has backed the #50million star to deliver over the long term.
"He's a very good player, a top, top class striker", Hodgson said.
"It's not been a good season by his standards, neither at Liverpool nor at Chelsea, and no one knows that better than Fernando himself.
"But when I watch him play I see someone who's desperate to put that right."
Despite his confidence in Torres, Hodgson is hoping the Spaniard waits another few days before notching his first goal for Chelsea.
"He will put it right, and it would not surprise me if he puts it right in the coming six games," he said.
"I'm desperately hoping, from a selfish point of view, that he starts after Saturday and not on Saturday.
"I think Chelsea have made an excellent signing and I'm certain they're going to get a lot of joy from him."
Rather than a terminal decline, Hodgson added that he saw Torres' current predicament as a mere blip.
He said: "All strikers go through periods where things don't go their way and the ball doesn't bounce for them.
"In that period of time, they take the same amount of criticism as the amount of praise they've had in the past when things have gone their way.
"Fernando's intelligent enough and mature enough to understand that and he'll keep working at his game and he will be a big success for Chelsea football club."
West Brom are unbeaten in seven games, and have take 12 points from the six matches since Hodgson took charge, a statistic that has exceeded even his own expectations.
"It's really good start, but unfortunately we are still in a relegation battle," Hodgson said.
"We were sufficiently immersed seven games ago that even a good run of results like we've had doesn't get you out of it completely."
Carlo Ancelotti insisted Torres would come good for Chelsea in the same way Wayne Rooney had rediscovered his form for Manchester United.
Comparing him to Rooney, who endured a miserable 12 months until hitting top form recently, Ancelotti said: "Obviously he's not happy, and he is disappointed, but it's not easy for him to manage at this moment. He has to show character.
"Rooney lived the same situation: he was not playing well and not scoring, but everyone at the club maintained good confidence with him.
"Everyone believed that he could move on, and he moved very well.
"Now Rooney has come back to playing fantastic football.
"Torres is the same. One goal will give him the opportunity to move on quickly.
"Torres is a fantastic transfer, not just for the present but also the future.
"To judge him now is not right. We have to wait. He will be a fantastic player for the future of Chelsea."
Blues show fighting spirit
Carlo Ancelotti's tenure as Chelsea manager may be about to end this summer, if rumours are to be believed, but his players showed they are still determined to fight for the Italian with a crushing 3-1 victory at West Brom.
After Peter Odemwingie had given Albion a 17th-minute lead, the Blues replied with three first-half goals from Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and Frank Lampard.
If Chelsea and Ancelotti are to finish the season with little more than a consolation of a Champions League place for next term, then they are going about it the right way.
Ancelotti's side have now lost just one of their last 11 matches in the Barclays Premier League, winning eight of those, to cut the gap to Manchester United at the top of the table to eight points.
This was also Chelsea's 14th consecutive top-flight victory against the Baggies, bringing to an end the unbeaten six-match run enjoyed by Roy Hodgson since he took over the managerial helm at the The Hawthorns in February.
Up until the midway point of the first half, and in the wake of Chelsea's Champions League exit at the hands of Manchester United in midweek, a shock appeared genuinely on the cards.
Albion had started the game brightly, and their opener was richly deserved, not least for the exquisite way in which Odemwingie finished a four-man move.
The Baggies, via a series of short passes that involved Youssouf Mulumbu, James Morrison and Jerome Thomas, picked their way up the centre of the pitch from the halfway line.
Thomas' final ball to Odemwingie took a slight ricochet off John Terry, but the pass still found its intended target who sprinted into the area before deftly flicking the ball over the advancing Petr Cech.
It was Odemwingie's 12th Premier League goal of the season, setting a new club record, beating the previous best by Rob Earnshaw in 2005.
However, Albion went into this game with an unenviable record of not having kept a clean sheet for 30 top-flight games, with that soon extended to 31 as Chelsea hit back in the 22nd minute.
A string of passes culminated in Ashley Cole's ball down the left finding Kalou, who delivered a low cross into the six-yard box that goalkeeper Scott Carson failed to push away.
In attempting to atone for Carson's error, Nicky Shorey's attempted clearance at the far post found Drogba who slid the ball home for his 13th goal of the season.
Four minutes later and Chelsea had turned the game on its head, making the game appear simple, albeit again Carson did not help his side's cause.
On this occasion the Albion goalkeeper was low down to a 25-yard Drogba drive, but only succeeded in parrying the ball into the path of Kalou who proceeded to pass his goal into the net with an angled shot from 10 yards.
After being benched at Old Trafford in midweek, Drogba and Kalou certainly made their points, with #50million Fernando Torres the man looking on today until his late arrival just over eight minutes from time.
On the stroke of half-time any hope amongst the home fans of a revival was curtailed as Chelsea put the points to bed.
Again the move appeared effortless, sparked by Drogba dispossessing Albion captain Chris Brunt 10 yards inside his own half before the Ivory Coast striker sprayed a raking ball down the left for Kalou to chase.
With time and space, Kalou had little trouble in latching onto the pass prior to picking out the advancing Lampard who drilled home a low right-footed shot from 15 yards.
More goals should have followed in the second half, initially seven minutes after the restart when Drogba spotted Carson off his line, only for a powerful dipping shot from 35 yards to land on the roof of the net.
Lampard, Kalou and Florent Malouda all had chances to add to the tally, but to no avail, grateful at least all the hard work had been accomplished late in the opening 45 minutes.
Towards the end there was time for Torres to make a cameo and stretch his goalless drought to 871 minutes.
The Spain international did have the ball in the net a minute after his arrival in the 82nd minute, only to be denied by the offside flag.
A mis-kick from 15 yards soon after caused great mirth amongst the home fans, highlighting Torres' woeful time in front of goal at present.
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