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November 17, 2012 3:00 PM GMT
The Hawthorns — West Bromwich
Referee:‬ M. Oliver‎
Attendance:‬ 25933‎
 
10′ Shane Long
Eden Hazard 39′
 
Top of the Match
Shane Long
Shane Long
West Bromwich Albion
Shane Long
Shane Long
West Bromwich Albion
Flop of the Match
David Luiz
David Luiz
Chelsea FC
Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge
Chelsea FC

West Brom 2-1 Chelsea: Long & Odemwingie strike as Blues slip up in title chase

Goals from the Irishman and Nigerian either side of half-time saw off Roberto Di Matteo's makeshift side in an entertaining encounter, as the Baggies go fourth in the table

By Liam Twomey

EPL - West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea, Shane Long and Gary Cahill
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Shane Long was the star of the show as West Brom dealt Chelsea's title hopes a blow with a hard-fought win at the Hawthorns.

Long scored the first and set up a second from Peter Odemwingie to give the Baggies a victory which cements their best start to a league season in 35 years and extends the visitors' winless Premier League run to four matches.

The result gave West Brom boss Steve Clarke a famous triumph over his former club, while Roberto Di Matteo tasted defeat at the same ground where Andre Villas-Boas' Blues reign ended last term.

Di Matteo fielded a makeshift side with one eye firmly on Tuesday’s crucial Champions League clash away at Juventus.

Captain John Terry missed out having injured himself against Liverpool, with Juan Mata, Oscar, Ashley Cole, Ramires and Branislav Ivanovic all rested.

West Brom, meanwhile, fielded Boaz Myhill in goal in place of the injured Ben Foster and Long up front in the absence of Romelu Lukaku, with the Belgian ineligible against his parent club.

Chelsea started brightly and, on seven minutes, Victor Moses’ pull-back found Ryan Bertrand, whose shot was cleared off the line by Liam Ridgewell, with Jonas Olsson blocking Eden Hazard’s rebound.
STAR OF THE SHOW

HOW LONG RATED VS CHELSEA
Very good performance from the Irishman. His movement was a constant problem for the Chelsea defence, particularly for Luiz, who he gave the run-around and slipped away from to open the scoring. He also troubled Cahill when up against him and he fully deserved his goal..


But against the run of play it was the hosts who took the lead three minutes later with their first meaningful attack.

Zoltan Gera pulled the ball back to James Morrison, whose pinpoint cross found Long and, having evaded a statuesque David Luiz, the Irishman nodded in from close range.

The Baggies continued to look dangerous going forward, and on 35 minutes Long shrugged off Cahill before curling a low effort just wide of Petr Cech’s post.

It was a miss they rued four minutes later when Cesar Azpilicueta’s hanging cross was met by Hazard, and his back-post header deflected off Billy Jones and past Myhill.

Sturridge and Moses both threatened as Chelsea finished the half strongly, but wayward finishing ensured both sides went in level at the break.

The visitors began the second half as they had ended the first, and on 47 minutes Moses’ driving run and cross found Sturridge, who tested Myhill with a fierce strike on the turn.

But three minutes later West Brom edged ahead again, with Long the provider this time.

After a sweeping counterattack, the Irishman curled a superb ball in from the right for Odemwingie, who nodded his fourth Premier League goal of the season at the near post.

Chelsea pushed on again, and a minute later only a sliding block from Olsson denied Sturridge a simple tap-in from another dangerous Azpilicueta delivery.

Di Matteo introduced Mata and Oscar for Oriol Romeu and the ineffective Fernando Torres just after the hour, with Sturridge assuming his preferred role as central striker.

The changes almost had the desired effect when, with 12 minutes left, the Spaniard sent Sturridge clear, but the youngster’s firm strike was well saved by Myhill from close range.

Four minutes from time Sturridge missed another gilt-edged chance, but West Brom held on.


West Bromwich Albion

13
B. Myhill
Goalkeeper
4.00
3
Jonas Olsson
Defender
4.00
6
Liam Ridgewell
Defender
3.00
28
Billy Jones
Midfielder
2.00
-
3.50
5
Claudio Yacob
Midfielder
3.50
7
James Morrison
Midfielder
10′ 69′
3.50
21
Youssouf Mulumbu
Midfielder
3.50
22
Zoltán Gera
Midfielder
69′
2.00
21
Shane Long
Striker
10′ 50′ 80′
4.00
9
4.00

Chelsea FC

3.00
1
Petr Cech
Goalkeeper
1.00
4
David Luiz
Defender
2.00
24
Gary Cahill
Defender
3.00
28
1.50
23
1.50
6
Oriol Romeu
Midfielder
62′
2.50
12
John Obi Mikel
Midfielder
82′
2.00
12
Victor Moses
Midfielder
2.50
17
Eden Hazard
Midfielder
39′
1.50
9
2.00
15

Substitutes

19
Luke Daniels
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
Steven Reid
Defender
 - 
4
Goran Popov
Defender
 - 
11
Chris Brunt
Midfielder
69′
 - 
17
Graham Dorrans
Midfielder
69′
2.50
9
 - 
28
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
21
Ross Turnbull
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
 - 
3
Ashley Cole
Defender
 - 
7
Ramires
Midfielder
82′
2.00
11
Oscar
Midfielder
62′
 - 
21
Marko Marin
Midfielder
2.00
8
Juan Mata
Midfielder
62′

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0