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March 2, 2013 8:30 PM IST
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 41548‎
 
28′ Demba Ba
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 1-0 West Brom

The Blues kept up their challenge for Champions League qualification thanks to a first-half goal from Demba Ba in a game dominated by the fans' reception of Rafa Benitez

By Husmukh Kerai at Stamford Bridge

  • Petr Cech
    28
    1
    3.50

    Petr Cech

    Made a good save to touch Reid's viciously struck free kick over the bar early on. Had very little to do in the second half. Made a fine save to tip over Odemwingie's set piece late on and followed it with another fine save from a corner.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    21
    0
    3.00

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Solid first-half performance from the Serbian. He didn't let Fortune, Long or Dorrans have more than a sniff at goal. Kept up his fine work after the break, too.

  • Ashley Cole
    19
    2
    2.50

    Ashley Cole

    Didn't influence the game going forward as he normally does but was faultless from a defensive point of view.

  • David Luiz
    32
    0
    3.50

    David Luiz

    His range of passing was once again exemplary as he broke out of the Chelsea backline. Did well to head Oscar's cross back into a dangerous area for Chelsea's opening goal. Was commanding at the back for Benitez's side throughout, superb performance from the Brazilian.

  • César Azpilicueta
    19
    9
    2.50

    César Azpilicueta

    Often left Ivanovic isolated with his inclination to bomb forward. Did well matched against Dorrans, the West Brom midfielder never looked like causing him problems.

  • Ramires
    13
    12
    2.00

    Ramires

    Played a magnificent pass forward to Mata late in the first half but was unlucky to see the Spaniard flagged offside. Wasted a chance with a poor decision to shoot when Chelsea had an opportunity to break late on.

  • Frank Lampard
    17
    15
    2.50

    Frank Lampard

    Kept very busy in central midfield and was neat and tidy with most of his work in the first half. Had a fairly uneventful afternoon by his recent standards but wasted a chance to grab another goal to add to his tally late on.

  • Oscar
    19
    15
    2.50

    Oscar

    Had two glorious chances to hand Chelsea an early lead but couldn't beat Foster on either occasion. Had another gilt-edged chance from close range late on in the second half but again couldn't beat the Baggies goalkeeper. Could have had a hat trick on another day.

  • Eden Hazard
    33
    9
    3.00

    Eden Hazard

    Didn't get as many one-on-one situations against the Baggies' full-backs as he would have liked in the first half. Was much better after the break, running past Ridgewell wih ease on a few occasions.

  • Juan Mata
    28
    10
    3.50

    Juan Mata

    The Spaniard was once again at the heart of all of Chelsea's best attacking play. He floated a superb ball in for Oscar in the first half and continued to make Chelsea tick throughout the game. The most important cog in the Chelsea machine.

  • Demba Ba
    23
    12
    3.00

    Demba Ba

    Wasn't involved as much as he would have liked in the first quarter of the game but stayed alert and took his one chance of the match. Didn't have much joy in the second period.

Substitutions

  • John Obi Mikel
    6
    4

    John Obi Mikel

    Came on in injury time and hardly managed a touch.

  • Victor Moses
    7
    10
    2.50

    Victor Moses

    Came on for Hazard in the final ten minutes and kept West Brom on the back foot with his driving runs.

  • Fernando Torres
    32
    9
    1.50

    Fernando Torres

    Was a late replacement for Ba but never had the time to get himself into a goalscoring position.

  • Ben Foster
    8
    3
    4.00

    Ben Foster Top of the Match

    Made a smart save to deny Oscar an early goal and went one better to keep out David Luiz's deflected free kick later in the half. Could do very little about Ba's opening goal but put in a great performance on the whole.

  • Steven Reid
    0
    2
    2.00

    Steven Reid

    Struck a vicious free kick which brought the best out of Cech in the early stages but was otherwise subdued.

  • Jonas Olsson
    0
    2
    2.00

    Jonas Olsson

    Kept Demba Ba quiet for large periods of the match with his physical approach but let the Blues striker evade him for Chelsea's goal. Lucky not to give away a penalty for a foul on Hazard in the second half.

  • Liam Ridgewell
    0
    2
    2.00

    Liam Ridgewell

    Had his hands full with the tricky Eden Hazard but did relatively well to keep the Belgian from influencing the game from the right flank in the first period. Let Hazard go a few times after the break, causing the exposed McAuley to give away some fouls.

  • Gareth McAuley
    0
    2
    3.00

    Gareth McAuley

    Made a vital interception to cut out a through-ball intended for Ba, which probably would have resulted in a goal in the first half. Made a couple of key tackles to scupper Chelsea's attacks after the break too. Good performance from the Northern Irishman.

  • Claudio Yacob
    1
    3
    1.00

    Claudio Yacob Flop of the Match

    The normally assured Argentine wasn't up to his usual high standard in the first half. He misplaced a few short passes and made a couple of clumsy challenges in an attempt to make up for it. Didn't get much better for him in the second period, either.

  • James Morrison
    0
    2
    1.50

    James Morrison

    Never had a chance to get his head up on the ball in midfield and rarely ventured forward as he so often does for Steve Clarke's side.

  • Graham Dorrans
    0
    2
    1.50

    Graham Dorrans

    The Baggies midfielder didn't enjoy his afternoon on the left-hand side. Had no joy against a resolute Azpilicueta and was brought off after 70 minutes.

  • Youssouf Mulumbu
    0
    2
    2.50

    Youssouf Mulumbu

    Battled well in central midfield and did well to break up Chelsea's forward momentum on a couple of occasions.

  • Shane Long
    1
    2
    2.50

    Shane Long

    Made countless runs along the channels but was rarely picked out by Morrison and Yacob from midfield. Ran out of legs as the game progressed.

  • Marc-Antoine Fortune
    0
    2
    2.00

    Marc-Antoine Fortune

    Showed plenty of desire after getting the chance to replace the ineligible Lukaku. Gave Luiz and and Ivanovic plenty to think about in the opening minutes but was marked out of the game in the second half.

Substitutions

  • Jerome Thomas
    0
    3
    2.00

    Jerome Thomas

    Came on for Dorrans with 20 minutes to go and provided the visitors with some much needed pace going forward.

  • Markus Rosenberg
    0
    2

    Markus Rosenberg

    Replaced Yacob in the final five minutes but hardly had a chance to get on the ball.

  • Peter Odemwingie
    0
    2
    2.00

    Peter Odemwingie

    Came on for Fortune on the hour to a chorus of boos but showed enthusiasm in trying to win the Baggies' fans over, without much success though. Tested Cech with a free kick in the final ten minutes.

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