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  • Date:03 Mar 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:The Hawthorns
  • Attendance:24,838
Goal!

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94mins

Foul by Chris Brunt on Ramires, free kick awarded. Booking for Chris Brunt. Juan Mata delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance made by Youssouf Mulumbu.

93mins

Juan Mata has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

92mins

Ashley Cole sends in a cross, Effort on goal by Frank Lampard from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

90mins

Juan Mata takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Close range headed effort by Didier Drogba clears the crossbar.

90mins

The ball is swung over by Raul Meireles, clearance made by Gareth McAuley.

87mins

Florent Malouda gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu. Chris Brunt fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

86mins

Keith Andrews takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.

85mins

Ashley Cole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shane Long. Ashley Cole receives a yellow card. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Chris Brunt, Raul Meireles makes a clearance.

84mins

Shane Long comes on in place of Marc-Antoine Fortune. Branislav Ivanovic leaves the field to be replaced by Raul Meireles.

82mins

Goal scored by Gareth McAuley from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Brom 1-0 Chelsea.The assist for the goal came from Liam Ridgewell.

81mins

The ball is swung over by Chris Brunt, clearance by Ashley Cole. Chris Brunt takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Frank Lampard manages to make a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt, save by Petr Cech.

81mins

Peter Odemwingie sends in a cross, clearance made by Ramires.

79mins

Fernando Torres fouled by Keith Andrews, the ref awards a free kick. Keith Andrews booked for unsporting behaviour. Juan Mata crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Chris Brunt.

78mins

The ball is sent over by Juan Mata, Gareth McAuley manages to make a clearance.

76mins

Fernando Torres comes on in place of Michael Essien.

76mins

Chris Brunt produces a left-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.

75mins

The ball is sent over by Branislav Ivanovic, save by Ben Foster.

75mins

Centre by Branislav Ivanovic, Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.

71mins

Centre by Liam Ridgewell, Ashley Cole manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Chris Brunt from the left by-line to the near post, Liam Ridgewell has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

70mins

The ball is delivered by Branislav Ivanovic, Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.

69mins

Marc-Antoine Fortune takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.

66mins

Marc-Antoine Fortune takes a shot. Ashley Cole gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt, Youssouf Mulumbu takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech. Corner taken by Chris Brunt, clearance by Ashley Cole.

65mins

Liam Ridgewell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ramires. Liam Ridgewell is shown a yellow card. Free kick taken by Juan Mata.

64mins

(West Brom) makes a substitution, with Chris Brunt coming on for Jerome Thomas.

63mins

Florent Malouda joins the action as a substitute, replacing Daniel Sturridge.

62mins

Juan Mata produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

61mins

The official flags Marc-Antoine Fortune offside. Gary Cahill takes the free kick.

59mins

A cross is delivered by Peter Odemwingie, Frank Lampard makes a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by James Morrison, Peter Odemwingie concedes a free kick for a foul on Petr Cech. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.

59mins

The ball is swung over by Liam Ridgewell.

57mins

Marc-Antoine Fortune concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Essien. Steven Reid leaves the field to be replaced by Gabriel Tamas. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.

53mins

Didier Drogba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Reid. The free kick is swung in right-footed by James Morrison, Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.

52mins

Didier Drogba takes a shot. Gareth McAuley gets a block in.

50mins

Daniel Sturridge fouled by Liam Ridgewell, the ref awards a free kick. Branislav Ivanovic restarts play with the free kick.

48mins

Corner taken right-footed by James Morrison.

48mins

Youssouf Mulumbu takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in.

47mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ramires by Steven Reid. Free kick crossed left-footed by Juan Mata, Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.

47mins

Jerome Thomas delivers the ball, Branislav Ivanovic manages to make a clearance.

47mins

Daniel Sturridge sends in a cross, save by Ben Foster.

45mins

Short corner taken by Peter Odemwingie from the right by-line.

44mins

Branislav Ivanovic challenges Marc-Antoine Fortune unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Liam Ridgewell.

43mins

Michael Essien concedes a free kick for a foul on James Morrison. Free kick taken by Jonas Olsson.

42mins

Corner from the right by-line taken by James Morrison, Didier Drogba manages to make a clearance.

40mins

Daniel Sturridge has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

39mins

Liam Ridgewell sends in a cross.

39mins

Michael Essien takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.

39mins

Juan Mata crosses the ball, clearance by Gareth McAuley.

38mins

Corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata from the right by-line, Gareth McAuley makes a clearance.

38mins

Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Liam Ridgewell gets a block in.

37mins

Liam Ridgewell produces a cross, clearance by Branislav Ivanovic. Corner taken right-footed by James Morrison from the left by-line to the near post, Keith Andrews produces a header from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

37mins

Steven Reid delivers the ball, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.

35mins

The ball is sent over by Ashley Cole.

32mins

Youssouf Mulumbu produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

31mins

Peter Odemwingie sends in a cross, blocked by David Luiz. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by James Morrison from the right by-line to the near post, Gary Cahill makes a clearance.

30mins

Gary Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marc-Antoine Fortune. James Morrison restarts play with the free kick.

29mins

Didier Drogba takes a shot from a long way out clearing the bar.

28mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Cahill by Marc-Antoine Fortune. Direct free kick taken by Michael Essien.

27mins

Gary Cahill takes a shot. Blocked by Liam Ridgewell.

27mins

Corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard to the near post, Steven Reid manages to make a clearance.

26mins

Unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell by Didier Drogba results in a free kick. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.

22mins

Shot from just outside the box by James Morrison goes over the target.

22mins

The ball is swung over by Michael Essien, clearance made by Jonas Olsson.

21mins

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by James Morrison from the right by-line, save made by Petr Cech.

20mins

The ball is crossed by Marc-Antoine Fortune, David Luiz makes a clearance.

20mins

Foul by Ramires on Jerome Thomas, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Liam Ridgewell.

19mins

Effort from the edge of the box by Peter Odemwingie goes wide of the left-hand upright.

19mins

James Morrison takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Essien.

18mins

The ball is sent over by Liam Ridgewell, Effort from the edge of the area by Marc-Antoine Fortune goes wide of the left-hand upright.

15mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Peter Odemwingie. Indirect free kick taken by Gary Cahill.

15mins

Michael Essien takes a shot. Gareth McAuley gets a block in.

14mins

Juan Mata takes the inswinging corner, Gareth McAuley manages to make a clearance.

14mins

Juan Mata takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.

14mins

Marc-Antoine Fortune sends in a cross.

12mins

Daniel Sturridge sends in a cross.

11mins

James Morrison produces a cross, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.

9mins

Centre by Peter Odemwingie.

8mins

Corner taken right-footed by James Morrison from the right by-line, save by Petr Cech.

8mins

James Morrison takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.

7mins

Keith Andrews takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Essien.

6mins

Frank Lampard challenges Jerome Thomas unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Morrison crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance made by Didier Drogba.

6mins

Juan Mata takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Keith Andrews.

3mins

The ball is crossed by Liam Ridgewell.

3mins

Steven Reid crosses the ball.

2mins

The referee blows for offside against Didier Drogba. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Foster.

1mins

Liam Ridgewell concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Sturridge. Free kick taken by Daniel Sturridge.

Match Preview

Villas-Boas pressure no surprise to Hodgson West Brom boss Roy Hodgson is unsurprised at the pressure currently on Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas given club owner Roman Abramovich's record of sacking managers in recent years. Hodgson came under the same sort of spotlight during his brief reign as Liverpool boss before being dismissed 14 months ago. Now Villas-Boas is the subject of speculation concerning his job and reports of some players questioning his tactics. Hodgson said: "One always has sympathy for other managers but I guess he knew, moving from Porto to Chelsea, for the enormous salary and big ambitions from the owner, that it wasn't going to be an easy job. "That's basically how it has turned out. Nothing surprises me. If you look back, there have been an awful lot of managers at Chelsea in the last eight or nine years. "If you take Jose Mourinho out of the equation, who was there for three or four years, there has been an awful lot of turnover in terms of coaches. "I suppose you can't be surprised if you go to that club as a coach that you are under enormous scrutiny every time your team is not top of the table." Hodgson knows his side, who have scored nine goals in winning their last two games, will have to be at their best and hope Chelsea have an off day if they are to gain any tangible reward from the game. He said: "It all depends on how well we play. With their quality, Chelsea are capable of giving very good performances and causing problems for everyone. "We are aware what we are up against but you win nothing on paper and with your reputation. You win if you perform. "We hope they have a bad day and must ensure we are at our very best if we are to have a chance." Winger Jerome Thomas is West Brom's new fitness doubt after suffering a hamstring injury during the 4-0 win over Sunderland. Villas-Boas has no regrets about revealing he could be sacked as Chelsea manager and admitted his future now rested on the club's results. Villas-Boas also denied his widely-publicised interview with a Portuguese radio station last week had upset the Blues hierarchy, amid reports they had taken exception to his candour. He stands by every word, insisting the broadcast needed to be heard in its entirety to accurately portray what he said, including perceived criticisms of Fernando Torres and Manchester City. It was Villas-Boas' reflections on his job that sparked the most headlines, however, and he said: "There is a doubt over the future that lies in every single job in our lives, in mine and in yours. "Everybody is more or less under threat with positive or negative results." Prior to last week, Villas-Boas had repeatedly insisted he had the full backing of Roman Abramovich to complete his three-year "project" to revamp Chelsea, despite the club being in danger of their worst season since the Russian's takeover almost nine years ago. Villas-Boas sidestepped questions about whether his future would be determined over the next fortnight, which sees Chelsea play two crucial Barclays Premier League games in their bid to get back inside the top four as well as an FA Cup replay and Champions League second leg. "They are key just because we can be out of or continue in two competitions," he said. Villas-Boas' bosses were said to have taken exception to last week's interview, especially his comments on Torres. The Chelsea boss compared the #50million man to Andriy Shevchenko and Mateja Kezman, both of whom were expensive flops at Stamford Bridge. Joking that the only person at the club upset by his interview was their head of communications because he "had to work a little bit more", Villas-Boas added: "The whole words on Fernando were positive. "I used them in the sense of the demands put on strikers at this football club, and those two (Shevchenko and Kezman) didn't perform in terms of the expectation of the fans and the club. "We want to avoid this situation happening again." Villas-Boas also denied having aimed a dig at the brand of football of leaders Manchester City. "City have 17 points more than us and are first, so I cannot criticise their style," he said. "They have incredible numbers, won all their home games with 40 goals scored and six conceded. I cannot criticise this. But I think it's a very Italian style. "Roberto [Mancini] has brought immediate success to City and has bought his own time with his qualities, by winning the FA Cup last year and building a super-team this year that is leading the Premier League. "But they had high expectations in other competitions from which they are already out." Didier Drogba (knee) and Daniel Sturridge (toe) are expected to be fit.

Formation:433Manager: Roy Hodgson

West Brom

Formation: 433Manager: Andre Villas-Boas

Chelsea

  • Ben Foster
  • Steven Reid
  • Gareth McAuley
  • Jonas Olsson
  • Liam Ridgewell
  • Keith Andrews
  • Youssouf Mulumbu
  • James Morrison
  • Peter Odemwingie
  • Marc-Antoine Fortune
  • Jerome Thomas
  • SUBS
  • Marton Fulop
  • Shane Long
  • Chris Brunt
  • Graham Dorrans
  • Nicky Shorey
  • Gabriel Tamas
  • Simon Cox

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Match Report

WBA pile woe on AVB West Brom defender Gareth McAuley increased the pressure on Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas as he secured a late 1-0 win in the Barclays Premier League clash at The Hawthorns. McAuley struck eight minutes from time to earn Albion their first ever Premier League win over the Blues whom they had not beaten at any level since 1979. It leaves Chelsea three points adrift of Arsenal, winners at Liverpool earlier in the day, in the battle for a Champions League spot. They were matched for long periods by Roy Hodgson's side who looked full of confidence after back-to-back wins before McAuley's crucial intervention. Petr Cech was called into action more often than Albion counterpart Ben Foster as the home side looked full of creativity. Marc-Antoine Fortune again impressed in the lone striker's role while Youssouf Mulumbu and James Morrison shone in midfield. Chelsea had looked sharp in the opening 45 minutes but were poor after the interval and were made to pay for poor finishing by Daniel Sturridge. Peter Odemwingie, presented with the Premier League player of the month award for February before the game, had a glancing header blocked from a James Morrison free-kick. Then Chelsea keeper Cech then had to be alert to finger-tip a fierce Morrison drive over the bar. Chelsea threatened for the first time when Sturridge seized onto a casual pass from Jonas Olsson and squared the ball across the Baggies box. But Juan Mata failed to make proper contact on his attempted volley. Mata did hit the target from a narrow angle after some neat one-touch football. But Foster was alert to the situation and blocked his shot at the expense of a corner. Ridgewell came to Albion's rescue when he blocked a goalbound attempt from Gary Cahill after a corner from Frank Lampard had dropped invitingly into his path 15 yards out. Foster showed his class seven minutes before the interval when he leapt acrobatically to turn aside a fierce Michael Essien effort. The former England keeper reacted quickly to snatch the loose ball before Didier Drogba could take advantage. Sturridge should have broken the deadlock after 40 minutes after a superb pass from Drogba created the opening. But the striker screwed his attempt wide of the right hand post after having time to line up his shot. Albion ended the first half with a flourish as Cahill deflected a Mulumbu shot just past the far post. Sturridge missed another great chance to put the Blues in front after 55 minutes. He ran onto a pass from Mata but then lacked the belief and confidence to take the ball around Foster who had raced out of his area. Albion were forced into a change after 55 minutes when Steven Reid limped out of the action to be replaced by Gabriel Tamas. The home side came back into the game and David Luiz did well to dispossess Odemwingie after he had taken a pass from Fortune in his stride. Cech then beat out a fierce rising shot from Fortune. Ridgewell became the first player to be yellow carded after 65 minutes for a challenge on Ramires. Albion enjoyed a purple patch and came close on three occasions to scoring in the space of five minutes. Cech turned over a fierce drive from the impressive Mulumbu and also reacted sharply to block a low shot on the turn from Fortune. Then it needed a last ditch challenge from Ashley Cole to deny Chris Brunt as he closed in on a Ridgewell centre. Fernando Torres replaced Essien after 76 minutes and within three minutes Keith Andrews had been booked for chopping down the striker. But after 82 minutes McAuley put Albion ahead. Ridgewell drove Andrews' chip across the area and McAuley diverted the ball past Cech Cole was booked for fouling Albion substitute Shane Long who had replaced Fortune. end M

Form Guide

    LWDLWW
  • West Brom
  • VS
  • Chelsea
  • WDDDLW

Last Meetings

  • Chelsea
  • 2 - 1
  • West Brom
  • 20/08/2011
  • West Brom
  • 1 - 3
  • Chelsea
  • 16/04/2011
  • Chelsea
  • 6 - 0
  • West Brom
  • 14/08/2010
  • Chelsea
  • 2 - 0
  • West Brom
  • 26/12/2008
  • West Brom
  • 0 - 3
  • Chelsea
  • 15/11/2008
  • West Brom
  • 1 - 2
  • Chelsea
  • 04/03/2006

Top Scorers

West Brom

  • PO Odemwingie 9
  • S Long 5
  • J Morrison 4
  • K Andrews 2
  • P Scharner 2
  • J Olsson 2
  • S Reid 1
  • J Thomas 1
  • G McAuley 1
  • M Fortune 1
  • C Brunt 1
  • S Tchoyi 1
  • G Dorrans 1
  • Y Mulumbu 1

Chelsea

  • D Sturridge 9
  • F Lampard 8
  • JM Mata 5
  • J Terry 4
  • DN Ramires 4
  • D Drogba 3
  • FJ Torres 2
  • D Luiz 2
  • F Malouda 1
  • JS Bosingwa 1
  • RJ Meireles 1
  • S Kalou 1

Goals

West Brom

    • Total goals 68
    • Goals per game 33
  • 7 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 7 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Chelsea

    • Total goals 82
    • Goals per game 47
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 8 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 7 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 9 (For) 11 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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