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March 3, 2012
• The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Referee: P. Dowd
• Attendance: 24838
West Bromwich Albion
G. McAuley 82'
But it's an awful free kick and it's all over, FULL TIME! Chelsea have been outplayed for the whole match and it's a deserved victory for the Baggies who leave the field to a standing ovation from the home fans. It's Chelsea's seventh loss in the Premier League this season. Andre Villas-Boas' position looks mightily precarious right now.
90' + 4'
Ashley Cole is down injured following a tackle from Brunt and the Baggies player is booked. A free kick is going to be pumped into the box with Petr Cech in the box!
90' + 3'
Yellow Card Chris Brunt
90' + 3'
Torres wins a flick on for Mata on the far side of the area, but he slices his effort wide.
90' + 2'
Head in your hands moment for Chelsea fans! Ahsley Cole volleys the ball across the face of goal and who else is there but Frank Lampard to fire home! BUT HE PUTS IT WIDE!!! It flies inches wide of Foster's post and that should be their last chance.
Mata has a corner, but it's headed high and wide by Drogba. Into four minutes of added time now.
Chelsea finally get near the away penalty area but it's an aerial ball and it's bread and butter for Olsson to clear.
Chelsea are now staring at a seventh league loss of the season, as Brunt curls a free kick well over the bar. The visitors have hardly had the ball since the goal.
Long is immediately involved, winning a free-kick that is cleared and Keith Andrews almost finds the bottom corner from the rebound, only for Cech to push it wide.
Yellow Card Ashley Cole
I've got to say, West Brom have really been worth that lead. Chelsea haven't offered much today. Ivanovic comes off for Raul Meireles for the visitors and Fortune is off to a standing ovation with Shane Long coming on.
Assist Liam Ridgewell
Goal Gareth McAuley
GOAL! Olsson looks to head in the cross but it's behind for another corner. Cech clears acrobatically, but it's back in the box and Ridgewell volleys the ball across the face of goal and it's turned in by McAuley just in front of the line!
The free-kick is cleared and West Brom break well, getting men forward, but Cole heads behind Brunt's cross for a corner.
Yellow Card Keith Andrews
Torres wins the ball well and looks lively down the left, holding off McAuley, but with the striker heading towards the touchline Keith Andrews flies into a challenge and brings him down, earning himself a booking and his team a difficult free kick to defend.
West Brom are spreading the ball nicely at the moment and Chelsea aren't really getting close to them.
A great throw from Ben Foster sets Mulumbu off down the left - he cuts inside and feeds Brunt, and his left-footed shot flashes just wide of the far post. Torres is on to replace Essien.
It looks like Fernando Torres is warming up to come on in the next few minutes...
And from the resulting corner the Baggies come close again, Ridgewell heading the ball onto the top of the net from an acute angle.
Ashley Cole prevents a certain goal for West Brom there. A good move from the hosts results in the ball going wide, and the cross is about to meet Chris Brunt rushing into the centre, but Cole gets down well to clear the ball over the bar.
It's a good break from Chelsea following a big challenge from Essien, but Ivanovic's cross is blocked and cleared.
Fortune gets a shot away this time, and forces a good stop from Cech low to his left. The ball bounces out along the floor, and with a nice bit of invention, Cole dives onto the floor and heads it back to his keeper. Always nice to see that type of stuff.
The corner is cleared back to Brunt, he puts the ball in the box again, it bounces around and out to Youssuf Mulumbu, who hits in a stinging shot that Cech pushes over.
Yellow Card Liam Ridgewell
Fortune is really doing well here for West Brom, taking defenders on left, right and centre, but can't quite squeeze in a shot as it's blocked for a corner.
Drogba puts in a fantastic touch to get past Jonas Olsson and through on goal, but as he bears down on Ben Foster, he tries to pull the ball back to Mata and it's cleared. Thought he should have gone for it there.
A couple of changes here - Daniel Sturridge (who has wasted the two best chances of the game) is replaced by Florent Malouda, while West Brom are forced into a change with Chris Brunt coming on for the injured Jerome Thomas.
Juan Mata receives the ball on the edge of the area, tees himself up but drags a volley wide. It's just not clicking for Chelsea today.
Fortune gets on the end of a cross after Cole makes a hash of it, but his effort is straight down Cech's throat.
Gabriel Sebastian Tamaş
Fortune puts in a great turn to get past Ashley Cole, but overruns the ball and ends up hacking down Essien rather crudely.
The ball bounces around Chelea's area for a good 10 seconds or so, but Chelsea break and Mata plays Sturridge through! He's one-on-one with Foster, but leaves the ball behind, he doesn't touch it and Foster gets the ball clear! Great chance for Chelsea there.
Drogba has given away a free kick down by his own corner flag after chasing back really well.
Drogba skips away from his marker and hits an ominous looking shot but it's well blocked.
Chelsea have a free kick here and Phil Dowd is just asking the players to calm down a bit here.
West Brom get the second half underway.
HALF TIME! It's 0-0 going into the break. Chances have been at a premium but Michael Essien has probably come closest. It's not been a great game in all honesty so far.
James Morrison puts in a decent cross but it's cleared by Cahill and that'll be half time.
It's slowed down a bit as we approach half time, a couple of fouls breaking up play.
But Morrison's corner is cleared by Drogba.
Odemwingie earns a corner for the Baggies...
Chance for Sturridge as he's through the centre after a fabulous pass from Drogba. He sidesteps Steven Reid and slots his finish past Foster, but it rolls past the post and wide. Should have scored there.
After the corner is cleared again, Michael Essien has the best effort of the game, a shot from the edge of the box that Ben Foster saves and gathers in at the second attempt.
Sturridge has a shot deflected behind for a corner that Mata will take.
Ashley Cole hits a cross that goes out of play. He's really complaining to referee Phil Dowd that it came off a Baggies player, but the man in the middle tells him to shut it.
But Luiz is straight back on and Chelsea are back to keeping the ball.
David Luiz catches a rogue arm in the face and is off to receive a bit of treatment.
Didier Drogba has a shot but it flies over the bar.
Chelsea come close. Lampard's corner drops to Cahill, his goal-bound shot is blocked by Morrison's head.
A nice move from Chelsea but they just can't find the final pass as Ramires looked to find Mata clear through on goal.
It's gone a bit flat in the last few minutes and that will suit Chelsea as they look to tire out their opponents with plenty of possession.
Gary Cahill blocks a cross but it falls straight to Marc-Antoine Fortune, but he drags the shot into the side netting. A decent opening for the striker there.
Chelsea coming a bit more into it now, putting in a couple of crosses in Didier Drogba's direction. Mata gets a shot away after some good link up play, but it's straight at Ben Foster at his near post.
The Baggies taking it a bit too casually there in defence and give away the ball to Daniel Sturridge. His cross is just missed by Mata flying in and attempting a volley. It's been all West Brom apart from that so far.
Peter Odemwingie skins Ashley Cole down the right wing and fires in a cross but there's no-one there. The left-back looked a little more sluggish than usual there.
James Morrison hits a great shot with the outside of his right foot that is curling into the top corner, but Petr Cech gets a strong hand to it and pushes the ball over.
West Brom broke up the pitch there and won a free-kick that was swung in well but Chelsea managed to scramble it clear. An interesting start so far at the Hawthornes.
Liam Ridgewell clears behind for a corner that Juan Mata swings in. The ball is cleared back to Mata, and his second cross is better but cleared again at the back post.
Drogba gets in behind the defence but is given offside. West Brom go up the other end but Chelsea clear well after a couple of decent crosses.
Chelsea get the game started.
Peter Odemwingie is by the side of the pitch now picking up his player of the month award for February.
The teams are out and following the customary pre-match handshake we will be under way.
Good afternoon, and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE! coverage of West Bromich Albion v Chelsea. The big team news from the away team is that Frank Lampard starts for the Blues despite rumours of unrest between him and Andre Villas-Boas.
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