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West Brom   1 - 3   Chelsea

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba
Drogba was a key factor in Chelsea's win at the Hawthorns

By Mandeep Sanghera

Didier Drogba showed misfiring Chelsea team-mate Fernando Torres the route to goal as he spearheaded a dominant Blues side to victory at West Brom.

Peter Odemwingie raced clear and dinked the ball over Petr Cech for the Baggies before Drogba drove in a shot to level.

Home keeper Scott Carson could only parry a Drogba strike to Salomon Kalou, who sidefooted in a second for Chelsea.

And Frank Lampard guided in a third for the visitors, who also hit the crossbar through a deflected Kalou shot.

Torres came on for Drogba after 82 minutes but his goalscoring drought continued as he had a goal ruled out for offside, as well as mistiming a shot when unmarked 15 yards out.

Drogba had played a part in each of Chelsea's goals and the striker's performance will only heighten the belief that Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti made the wrong decision in preferring Torres to him in the Champions League defeat at Manchester United in midweek.

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Torres was hauled off for Drogba at half-time at Old Trafford as he extended his time without a goal to 862 minutes in total and 693 minutes in a Chelsea shirt.

Drogba scored to no avail at United and, despite fresh speculation linking the 33-year-old with a departure from Stamford Bridge, he started at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

The fact that the Ivory Coast international had scored seven career Premier League goals against West Brom might have had a bearing on Ancelotti's decision as his side tried to recover from their Champions League hangover.

They were facing a Baggies outfit who went into the match on the back of a seven game unbeaten run which had lifted them seven points clear of the drop zone, and the hosts continued their recent good form as they started with confidence.

This was epitomised when James Morrison, Jermoe Thomas and Odemwingie combined after 17 minutes, with the latter nonchalantly finishing the move to give the Midlands club the lead.

The advantage lasted a mere five minutes as some shoddy defending and poor goalkeeping contributed to Chelsea's equaliser.

Diving Baggies keeper Carson failed to reach a Malouda ball across his six-yard box and left-back Nicky Shorey could only poke a clearance straight to Drogba, who fired in the leveller.

Carson again failed to cover himself in glory four minutes later when he parried a long range Drogba shot to Kalou, who angled an effort straight back past the Baggies keeper to give Chelsea the lead.

Lampard had a 30-yarder tipped over before he extended the visitors' lead.

West Brom must battle on - Hodgson

Drogba released Malouda down the left flank and the winger pulled the ball back for Lampard to pick his spot for Chelsea's third just before half-time.

Chelsea had reverted to a 4-3-3 formation for the game, with wingers Malouda and Kalou flanking striker Drogba, and the formation was pivotal in Chelsea's domination.

Drogba led the line with power as well as a degree of panache, and even found time to block a goalbound Jonas Olsson header at the other end.

Chelsea should have put the game out of West Brom's reach as they continued to carve out a number of chances.

But Malouda had a shot fended away by Carson and a deflected strike by Kalou came back off the crossbar, while the visitors also squandered some promising situations.

Torres eventually came on and thought he had scored his first Chelsea goal when he latched on to a Malouda pass, rounded Carson and slotted in, only for the offside flag to deny him.

The striker also had a chance when he was found unmarked by a Malouda free-kick but the Spaniard horribly sliced his shot.

Nevertheless, Chelsea moved to within eight points of Premier League leaders Manchester United as they inflicted a first defeat for Roy Hodgson since he took over at West Brom.

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Saturday, 16 April 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
West Brom 1-3 Chelsea FT
(HT 1-3)
  • Odemwingie 17
  • Drogba 22
  • Kalou 26
  • Lampard 45

West Brom

Substitutes

Chelsea

Substitutes

Ref: ProbertAtt: 25,163
WEST BROM
CHELSEA

Possession

  • West Brom 41%
  • Chelsea 59%

Attempts on target

  • West Brom 6
  • Chelsea 11

Attempts off target

  • West Brom 6
  • Chelsea 8

Corners

  • West Brom 3
  • Chelsea 5

Fouls

  • West Brom 7
  • Chelsea 10
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:10 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • 90:00+2:53 Peter Odemwingie produces a cross, save by Petr Cech.
  • 90:00+2:07 The assistant referee flags for offside against Fernando Torres. Abdoulaye Meite restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:27 Ashley Cole fouled by Steven Reid, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ashley Cole.
  • 89:10 Volleyed right-footed shot by John Terry. Save made by Scott Carson.
  • 88:17 Foul by Jonas Olsson on Salomon Kalou, free kick awarded. Florent Malouda takes the direct free kick.
  • 87:26 A cross is delivered by Carlos Alberto Vela, Chris Brunt takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a brilliant save.
  • 86:27 Youssouf Mulumbu has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.
  • 85:42 Florent Malouda produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 83:49 Unfair challenge on Carlos Alberto Vela by John Terry results in a free kick. Chris Brunt shoots direct from the free kick.
  • 82:59 The official flags Fernando Torres offside. Scott Carson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 82:09 Fernando Torres is caught offside. Scott Carson takes the indirect free kick.
  • 81:21 Substitution (Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Fernando Torres coming on for Didier Drogba.
  • 81:21 Substitution Somen Tchoyi joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jerome Thomas.
  • 81:02 Peter Odemwingie produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
  • 79:31 Carlos Alberto Vela fouled by Michael Essien, the ref awards a free kick. Carlos Alberto Vela takes the direct free kick.
  • 78:36 Florent Malouda takes a shot. Save by Scott Carson.
  • 78:04 The ball is crossed by Marinho David Luiz, Abdoulaye Meite manages to make a clearance.
  • 76:49 Peter Odemwingie delivers the ball, save by Petr Cech.
  • 76:05 Substitution Yossi Benayoun replaces Frank Lampard.
  • 75:50 Centre by Jose Bosingwa, clearance by Abdoulaye Meite.
  • 74:42 The official flags Salomon Kalou offside. Steven Reid takes the indirect free kick.
  • 74:01 The ball is swung over by Jose Bosingwa, Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.
  • 71:48 Substitution (West Brom) makes a substitution, with Gonzalo Jara coming on for Paul Scharner.
  • 71:48 Substitution Carlos Alberto Vela on for James Morrison.
  • 71:42 Ashley Cole sends in a cross.
  • 70:24 The ball is swung over by Salomon Kalou, save made by Scott Carson.
  • 69:35 Chris Brunt has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
  • 69:23 Unfair challenge on Peter Odemwingie by Marinho David Luiz results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Peter Odemwingie.
  • 68:57 Effort from the edge of the box by Florent Malouda goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 68:05 Nicky Shorey sends in a cross, clearance by John Terry.
  • 67:55 A cross is delivered by Paul Scharner, Jose Bosingwa makes a clearance.
  • 66:51 Nicky Shorey delivers the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Paul Scharner goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 66:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Odemwingie by Marinho David Luiz. Free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.
  • 65:08 Didier Drogba is caught offside. Free kick taken by Abdoulaye Meite.
  • 64:56 The ball is swung over by Frank Lampard, clearance by Abdoulaye Meite.
  • 62:23 Substitution Jose Bosingwa replaces Branislav Ivanovic.
  • 61:40 The assistant referee flags for offside against Peter Odemwingie. Free kick taken by John Terry.
  • 60:47 Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Abdoulaye Meite gets a block in.
  • 60:01 Shot by Ashley Cole. Chris Brunt gets a block in.
  • 59:46 Shot by Florent Malouda. Scott Carson makes a save.
  • Correction - 57:17 Centre by Didier Drogba, Header by Salomon Kalou from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
  • 57:17 The ball is crossed by Didier Drogba.
  • 55:24 A cross is delivered by James Morrison, Ashley Cole makes a clearance.
  • 54:58 Didier Drogba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonas Olsson. Free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.
  • 54:05 The ball is delivered by Florent Malouda.
  • 53:05 James Morrison delivers the ball.
  • 52:37 Outswinging corner taken by Chris Brunt.
  • 52:25 Jerome Thomas takes a shot. Branislav Ivanovic gets a block in.
  • 52:04 Youssouf Mulumbu fouled by Didier Drogba, the ref awards a free kick. Jonas Olsson takes the direct free kick.
  • 51:33 Didier Drogba takes a shot from a long way out clearing the crossbar.
  • 51:01 Florent Malouda is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Jonas Olsson.
  • 48:57 Paul Scharner takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.
  • 48:32 Chris Brunt crosses the ball.
  • 48:20 Chris Brunt takes a outswinging corner.
  • 47:17 Frank Lampard is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jonas Olsson takes the indirect free kick.
  • 46:09 The referee blows for offside against Salomon Kalou. Indirect free kick taken by Jonas Olsson.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:41 The first half comes to an end.
  • 45:00+1:49 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Chris Brunt, Jonas Olsson takes a shot. Didier Drogba manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:00+1:00 Centre by Jonas Olsson, save by Petr Cech.
  • 44:08 Assist by Florent Malouda.
  • 44:08 GOAL - Frank LampardWest Brom 1 - 3 Chelsea Frank Lampard grabs a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Brom 1-3 Chelsea.
  • 44:05 The ball is sent over by Florent Malouda,
  • 43:22 Didier Drogba crosses the ball.
  • 39:44 Foul by Mikel on Youssouf Mulumbu, free kick awarded. Chris Brunt takes the direct free kick.
  • 38:44 Michael Essien challenges Jerome Thomas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jerome Thomas takes the direct free kick.
  • 37:21 The ball is swung over by Didier Drogba.
  • 37:17 Centre by Ashley Cole.
  • 36:07 Michael Essien fouled by James Morrison, the ref awards a free kick. Mikel restarts play with the free kick.
  • 35:33 Ashley Cole produces a cross.
  • 34:51 Didier Drogba is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Carson.
  • 34:03 Corner taken right-footed by Didier Drogba to the near post, Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.
  • 33:02 Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Frank Lampard, save by Scott Carson.
  • 33:02 Booking Abdoulaye Meite receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
  • 32:56 Foul by Abdoulaye Meite on Didier Drogba, free kick awarded.
  • 32:26 Foul by Chris Brunt on Ashley Cole, free kick awarded. John Terry restarts play with the free kick.
  • 31:35 Outswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard, Michael Essien takes a shot. Save made by Scott Carson.
  • 31:03 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Florent Malouda.
  • 30:00 Youssouf Mulumbu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Essien. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Didier Drogba.
  • 29:37 Ashley Cole takes a shot.
  • 29:14 A cross is delivered by Branislav Ivanovic, clearance made by Jonas Olsson.
  • 29:09 Florent Malouda delivers the ball.
  • 28:13 The ball is sent over by Ashley Cole, Nicky Shorey makes a clearance.
  • 27:33 Mikel challenges Youssouf Mulumbu unfairly and gives away a free kick. Abdoulaye Meite takes the direct free kick.
  • 26:55 Foul by Chris Brunt on Didier Drogba, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Florent Malouda.
  • 25:25 Didier Drogba provided the assist for the goal.
  • 25:25 GOAL - Salomon KalouWest Brom 1 - 2 Chelsea Salomon Kalou finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Brom 1-2 Chelsea.
  • 25:22 Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save made by Scott Carson.
  • 24:53 The ball is crossed by Branislav Ivanovic, clearance by Steven Reid.
  • 22:28 The ball is swung over by Chris Brunt.
  • 21:12 GOAL - Didier DrogbaWest Brom 1 - 1 Chelsea Didier Drogba finds the net with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Brom 1-1 Chelsea.
  • 21:08 Florent Malouda sends in a cross.
  • 18:34 A cross is delivered by Branislav Ivanovic, Paul Scharner manages to make a clearance.
  • 16:52 Assist by Jerome Thomas.
  • 16:52 GOAL - Peter OdemwingieWest Brom 1 - 0 Chelsea Peter Odemwingie fires in a goal from the edge of the area to the top left corner of the goal. West Brom 1-0 Chelsea.
  • 14:32 Mikel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Odemwingie. Chris Brunt takes the direct free kick.
  • 14:12 Centre by Didier Drogba, save made by Scott Carson.
  • 13:57 Centre by Marinho David Luiz, clearance by Steven Reid.
  • 13:39 Corner taken by Frank Lampard.
  • 12:07 Shot on goal by Salomon Kalou from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
  • 8:30 Didier Drogba takes a long range shot clearing the bar.
  • 7:41 Shot on goal by Youssouf Mulumbu from just inside the area goes over the target.
  • 5:49 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Florent Malouda, clearance made by Jonas Olsson.
  • 5:35 A cross is delivered by Ashley Cole, Steven Reid gets a block in.
  • 5:04 Youssouf Mulumbu produces a cross, save by Petr Cech.
  • 4:19 Effort on goal by Peter Odemwingie from 20 yards. Blocked by John Terry.
  • 1:20 Florent Malouda has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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16 Apr 2011 23:59 UK


Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 16 Apr 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 32 38 69
2 Arsenal 31 32 62
3 Chelsea 32 32 61
4 Man City 32 20 56
5 Tottenham 31 8 53
6 Liverpool 32 7 48
7 Everton 33 6 47
8 Bolton 32 3 43
9 Aston Villa 33 -12 40
10 Newcastle 32 1 39
11 West Brom 33 -15 39
12 Fulham 32 1 38
13 Stoke 32 -3 38
14 Birmingham 32 -10 38
15 Sunderland 33 -12 38
16 Blackburn 33 -14 35
17 Wigan 33 -21 34
18 Blackpool 33 -22 33
19 West Ham 33 -19 32
20 Wolves 32 -20 32

see also
Drogba will stay, says Ancelotti
16 Apr 11 |  Premier League
West Brom must battle on - Hodgson
16 Apr 11 |  West Brom
Chelsea character pleases Ancelotti
16 Apr 11 |  Chelsea
Saturday football as it happened
16 Apr 11 |  Football
Saturday's football photos
16 Apr 11 |  Football


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