Demba Ba scored the first and only goal for the Blues in the 28th minute, as Chelsea cruised to what looked to be an effortless win over a squad that seemed content to chase a point at Stamford Bridge. The win pulls the Blues within four points of second place Manchester City and keeps West Brom steady at eighth in the EPL table.
Here we'll highlight some of the Blues' heroes in this weekend's victory.
Ba scored the match's only goal in the first half, an easy tap in following a Luiz header across the face of the goal (via Premier League):
GOAL Chelsea 1-0 West Brom (28 mins) Demba Ba taps into the empty net after David Luiz heads an Oscar cross back across goal #CHEWBA— Premier League (@premierleague) March 2, 2013
Although Oscar may have been the most aggressive player on the pitch from start to finish on Saturday, Ba was certainly right there with him, creating six shots and putting four total on target. Ba came off late in the 88th minute, but not before leaving a significant mark on the match.
Before Saturday, Ba hadn't scored a goal for Chelsea in Premier League play since mid-January. So, Saturday's performance is certainly one that will have the Blues faithful smiling all weekend long.
It's difficult to argue that any Chelsea player stepped up more than Ba did vs. West Brom.
David Luiz was strong in defense throughout on Saturday and also assisted on Ba's decisive goal in the first half.
As usual, Luiz was aggressive, firing two shots at the goal and even putting one on target. He played all 90 minutes and didn't commit a single foul. However, I'm sure Chelsea fans will want to see Luiz take some of his focus away from the offensive end and commit more of his energy to defense.
But as long as the Blues are winning it's a moot point.
Chelsea midfielder Oscar created numerous chances for his squad on Saturday, getting off seven shots and placing four on goal, tying him with Ba in that category.
It wasn't just Ba creating chances on Saturday, though, as Oscar easily could have scored a hat-trick against a lackluster West Brom club that looked uninterested at times. Check out some of these numbers from Oscar (via Squawka Sports):
While it's fair to say that Oscar should have been more polished in the finishing department, his effort on Saturday cannot be questioned as he made sure to keep the Baggies on their heels all day long.
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