West Bromwich Albion vs. Chelsea: Live Player Ratings

Dan Colasimone@@ArgentinaFWContributor IFebruary 11, 2014

Chelsea's Willian, right, competes for the ball with Bromwich Albion's Claudio Yacob during their English Premier League soccer match between West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea at The Hawthorns Stadium in West Bromwich, England, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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West Bromwich Albion 1 - 1 Chelsea 

West Brom and Chelsea drew 1-1 at The Hawthorn after a stirring second-half fight-back from the Baggies.

Chelsea took the lead through Branislav Ivanovic at the end of the first term, and looked to have the game well under control until West Brom showed plenty of determination to wrestle the momentum away from the league leaders in the second half.

The home team eventually equalised with three minutes of regular time remaining thanks to a Victor Anichebe header. 

Despite the draw, Jose Mourinho's side remain top of the Premier League for now, while West Brom will take the result as a boost to their hopes of escaping relegation.


WBA Player Ratings

PlayerHalf timeFull time
 Foster 6 6
 Reid 6 6
 McAuley 7 7
 Dawson 6 8
 Ridgewell 6 6
 Yacob 7 6
 Amalfitano 5 4
 Morrison 6 7
 Brunt 7 7
 Bifouma 7 7
 Berahino 7 7


Chelsea Player Ratings

PlayerHalf timeFull time
 Cech 6 6
 Ivanovic 8 8
 Cahill 7 7
 Luiz 7 7
 Azpilicueta 6 6
 Ramires 6 6
 Matic 5 7
 Willian 7 8
 Oscar 6 6
Hazard 6 6
Eto'o 6 5


Full time analysis:  

West Brom

Foster: Not at fault for the goal and made a couple of good saves.

Reid: Steady, if unspectacular performance.

McAuley: Made his presence felt at both ends.

Dawson: As with McAuley, he was active at both ends of the pitch. Energetic and hard-working.

Ridgewell: Had a quiet game but was sound defensively.

Yacob: A typical display from the Argentine. Kept the ball moving out of midfield with his steady passing game.

Amalfitano: Was booked for dissent. Tried to do too much when he needed to do the simple things well. Bit of a liability today.

Morrison: Did a good job defensively, but had little impact otherwise, aside from one shot over the bar in the 72nd minute.

Brunt: Switched between the flanks, and his influence grew as the match wore on. Was presented with a couple of half chances but could do little with them. Sent in some useful free kicks. 

Bifouma: A real prospect, he performed well on his home debut. Will learn a great deal from the experience.

Berahino: Looked lively and keen, but was ultimately marshaled by the experienced Chelsea defence. 



Cech: Typically confident display from the Chelsea keeper, he can't be held responsible for West Brom's equaliser.

Ivanovic: Not only is he reliable at right-back, he is becoming a reliable goal scorer as well.

Cahill: Used his experience to get the job done, despite being exposed for pace a couple of times.

Luiz: Strong showing from the big Brazilian.

Azpilicueta: Had little influence on the game.

Ramires: Did what was required of him in midfield, without really taking control. 

Matic: Improved as the match wore on. Was a defensive terrier in the second term.

Willian: One of Chelsea's best. Looked like the most likely to make something happen in the attacking third all game.

Oscar: Some nice touches, but did not have his usual impact on the game.

Hazard: The in-form Belgian could not get involved enough to prove truly decisive, though he showed glimpses of what he is capable of.

Eto’o: After a few bright flashes early, he faded throughout the game. Not his best showing.