Very good performance. Pulled off one brilliant save from Essien and looked in the mood, and confident throughout.
Always looks as though he has a mistake in him, but you know exactly what the Swede will give you: commitment, effort and full-on defending. Made a number of crucial headers in his own box and dealt fairly well with Drogba.
Pretty comfortable afternoon for Reid in all honesty. Got forward well to support the attackers, supplying several crosses, while he wasn’t particularly troubled defensively, with Mata often opting to come inside.
Gave Sturridge no time on the ball whatsoever. The England striker’s only luck came when he moved centrally, away from Ridgewell. The former Aston Villa man also got forward to good effect, delivering several teasing crosses.
Similarly to his partner at the back, he looked pretty solid in the first half, rarely having an awful lot to deal with. Never shied out of the physical battle with Drogba, although was caught out of position for Sturrigde’s effort in the first 45 minutes, but he won the game for the hosts, being in the right place at the right time.
All-action display from the Congolese midfielder. He was excellent in the first half, tackling, shooting, dribbling and defending, looking impressive in most aspects. The Chelsea midfield had little answer.
Lively and exciting, as usual, but his end product is often lacking. Time and time again he beat his man, namely Ramires, but his crosses were over-hit most of the time.
The ex-Middlesbrough man has been impressive recently, and today was a similar story, although he did get quieter as the match went on. He always looked to test Cech in the Chelsea goal, but he could have perhaps lifted his head up a little more often.
Helped take some of the workload off Mulumbu’s shoulders, but was very much the quieter of the duo. Put in a number of tackles and went close on a couple of occasions with headers.
Following his loan move to Doncaster in December, Fortune has returned and continues to look a decent asset for the Baggies. Luiz and Cahill didn’t fancy the battle against the powerful striker, but his finishing remains largely poor.
The Nigerian’s pace, movement and power were causing the Chelsea defense plenty to think about, particularly David Luiz. Always looked to combine with Fortune and continuously gave his team a useful outlet up front.
West Brom didn’t trouble him too much, but the Czech Republic international did pull off one good stop from Morrison as he tipped the long-range effort over the bar.
Found Thomas’ trickery and pace hard to deal with initially, but the winger got quieter in the second-half and ended up having a relatively easy afternoon.
Today was your typical David Luiz performance. He made the easy look hard, and dealt strangely well with tougher opportunities.
Struggled with Fortune all match, with the striker clearly have the better of their physical battle. Always looks calm on the ball, but was given a tough battle by his opponent.
Was beaten by Odemwingie a few times, but he pulled off an excellent piece of defending as he jumped in to clear just as Morrison stooped to head home.
Offered energy and was a willing runner, as he always is, but he was dominated by Andrews and Mulumbu for the most part. Struggled throughout.
Tried to make things happen, but ultimately failed. Struggled against Reid when moving out wide, while Andrews and Mulumbu successfully put the brakes on him when he was central.
The England midfielder is believed to be growing extremely annoyed with his manager for leaving him out of the team for too often, but with performances like today, it’s hard to see what he can complain about. Offered no sort of challenge to Mulumbu or Andrews and rarely got into the penalty area.
Looked disinterested for the entire 90 minutes. His passing was lazy, his tackling was halfhearted and showed no hunger at all.
Not his greatest performance for Chelsea, offering little down the right. Struggled to beat Ridgewell all games and was eventually brought off for Malouda.
- 22 R. Turnbull
- 27 S. Hutchinson
Entered the pitch straight after West Brom took the lead, giving him no chance of an impact.
Replaced Sturridge but did even less. Very quiet cameo.
- 12 J. Obi Mikel
- 6 Oriol Romeu
Came on late in the day, but had little impact. Full of running, but wasn’t given any chances.