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August 20, 2011 5:30 PM BST
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 41091‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 2-1 West Brom

Let-off on home debut for Andre Villas-Boas as the Blues labour to narrow victory over a Baggies side that looked to have had the measure of their hosts throughout

By Josh Clarke

  • Henrique Hilário
    232
    21
    3.50

    Henrique Hilário

    Made a few sharp saves and distributed well enough. Bearing in mind the rarity of the keeper's appearances, he didn't let anyone down.

  • John Terry
    126
    32
    3.00

    John Terry

    Seemed to deal OK with the threat of Long and Tchoyi but his partnership with Alex was shaky and set the tone for the whole team, particularly during the first half.

  • Alex
    83
    123
    2.50

    Alex

    Woefully casual slip-up at the back allowed West Brom to snatch an early lead and from then on was dodgy throughout - allowing Long to get in behind him all too often. Not a performance to inspire confidence.

  • Ashley Cole
    147
    22
    3.00

    Ashley Cole

    Textbook performance from the left-back, who was sound defensively, as well as the catalyst for a lot of Chelsea's attacking endeavour. Definitely the best out of a bad bunch in the Chelsea back four. Rash challenge at the end of the game could have brought a harsher punishment.

  • José Bosingwa
    164
    27
    3.00

    José Bosingwa

    The right-back's pace often got the somewhat lumbersome John Terry and Alex out of hot water a fair few times. Pushed on well, in a performance that got the job done, with few thrills or spills.

  • John Obi Mikel
    108
    151
    2.50

    John Obi Mikel

    For a deep-sitting midfielder, too many simple passes misplaced. Hardly the motor in the middle of the park that the club need in order to push on.

  • Frank Lampard
    89
    88
    3.00

    Frank Lampard

    Not the force of old. Was unable to connect midfield and attack to provide his side with any real fluidity going forward. In the long term, it will be interesting to see if Lampard becomes more and more marginalised after a pretty ineffective day.

  • Ramires
    112
    36
    3.00

    Ramires

    Quite an anonymous game, which, for large periods, totally bypassed the Brazilian. Full of running but adds little creativity to a team that looked desperate for it.

  • Nicolas Anelka
    164
    21
    3.50

    Nicolas Anelka

    Laboured in possession and was anonymous for large stretches of the game, though did well to chalk up the equaliser. Much improved in the second half.

  • Fernando Torres
    206
    72
    3.00

    Fernando Torres

    Much less effective today than against Stoke last week. The change to 4-4-2 seemed to suit the Spaniard, but his day was hardly puncutated with much craft. A performance that gives more questions than answers.

  • Salomon Kalou
    119
    104
    2.00

    Salomon Kalou Flop of the Match

    Seemed bereft of ideas, which is probably why he was withdrawn before the interval. With Sturridge and Lukaku coming into the fray, the Ivorian will struggle to keep his place in the starting lineup.

Substitutions

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    154
    15
    3.00

    Branislav Ivanovic

    A typically robust display from the defender after being brought on for the last 15.

  • Florent Malouda
    210
    16
    3.50

    Florent Malouda

    Will be starting from now onwards. After being brought on before the first half was over, the Frenchman introduced verve to his somewhat down-and-out team. Scored the winner and saved his manager's bacon.

  • Didier Drogba
    152
    108
    3.50

    Didier Drogba

    A powerful display that will further stoke the Drogba/Torres debate. On the evidence of today's cameo, has a reasonable chance of supplanting Torres in Villas-Boas' thoughts.

  • Ben Foster
    36
    22
    3.00

    Ben Foster

    A steady pair of hands at the back. Will be a big signing for West Brom this year.

  • Jonas Olsson
    15
    22
    3.00

    Jonas Olsson

    A comfy first half for the centre-back was followed up by a much tougher second. Nevertheless, dealt admirably with the constantly varied personnel up top for Chelsea.

  • Sebastien Gabriel Tamaş
    13
    24
    3.00

    Sebastien Gabriel Tamaş

    Robust at the back and provides the stability needed to make this West Brom side the effective unit they are.

  • Nicky Shorey
    12
    22
    3.00

    Nicky Shorey

    Had Kalou in his pocket first half and was hardly troubled by Ramires at all in the second. Pretty straight-forward day at the office for the full-back.

  • Steven Reid
    18
    24
    3.50

    Steven Reid

    Similar to Shorey in the way that, despite having an abundance of width, Chelsea didn't really threaten down any flank. Will be happy with his day's work. Made a tremendous block to deny Malouda.

  • Youssouf Mulumbu
    21
    21
    3.50

    Youssouf Mulumbu

    Ran the show in the middle of the park for most of the first half as Chelsea had to change shape in order to regain some authority in that particular area. Waned in influence as the game wore on.

  • Paul Scharner
    13
    22
    3.50

    Paul Scharner

    Was an important level head in midfield for his team and at times massivley out-thought his Chelsea counterparts.

  • James Morrison
    8
    22
    3.00

    James Morrison

    A quiet one from the attacking midfielder who offered little going forward. A decent work-rate and high tempo pressing helped his team out though.

  • Chris Brunt
    13
    22
    3.00

    Chris Brunt

    A dependable, more so than eye-catching day from the captain, who did little of note in the final third.

  • Somen Tchoyi
    19
    20
    3.00

    Somen Tchoyi

    A good foil for Long, working equally as hard as his strike partner to put the Chelsea back four under all manner of difficulties. Chances were few and far between but a good day at the office.

  • Shane Long
    92
    51
    3.50

    Shane Long Top of the Match

    Though the striker profited massively from Alex's laxness, his opening goal was any early reward for a bustling display that gave Chelsea's experienced back four a hatful of problems. Looks like West Brom have got a bargain on their hands here.

Substitutions

  • Graham Dorrans
    11
    19
    0.00

    Graham Dorrans

    Introduced late on with the game more-or-less decided.

  • Peter Odemwingie
    30
    29
    3.00

    Peter Odemwingie

    Was brought on late but had scant opportunity to effect the game, other than a fluffed simple volley at the far post which could have salvaged a point.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2