EPL Live Blog: Action, Goals, News and Updates of Chelsea vs. West Brom
Welcome to the live blog of the Premier League's Saturday fixtures, covering all the 3 p.m. UK time/10 a.m. ET kickoffs.
Everton vs.QPR, Aston Villa vs. Blackburn and Swansea vs. Wigan are the matches in flow now, following on from Newcastle's derby win against Sunderland and Liverpool's victory over Arsenal at the Emirates.
Stay tuned for every goal and controversial moment from the game at Goodison Park along with updates from the other two matches.
Latest Live Score:
Chelsea 2 (Nicolas Anelka, Florent Malouda) West Brom 1 (Shane Long)
Well that's it from me—it has been something of a mammoth session of live text updates which started over seven hours ago, so thanks very much for all the reads and comments during the course of all six matches.
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Thanks and goodbye!
Full time results for all Saturday's Premier League fixtures:
Arsenal 0 Liverpool 2
Aston Villa 3 Blackburn 1
Chelsea 2 West Brom 1
Everton 0 QPR 1
Sunderland 0 Newcastle 1
Swansea 0 Wigan 0
The day's big winners were undoubtedly Newcastle United and Liverpool who picked up wins away to big rivals, while QPR also snatched a valuable three points at Everton. Aston Villa got off to a good start at home under Alex McLeish with victory over a poor Blackburn side, while Wigan drew their second game of the season against Swansea City.
Well the Blues certainly made it difficult for themselves after a below-par performance in the first half, Shane Long capitalising on a mistake by Alex to race clear and finish coolly, before second half strikes from Anelka and Malouda gave Villas-Boas his first competitive win as Chelsea boss.
West Brom lift a series of high balls into the box but Hilario is equal to all of them, before Lee Mason calls time on the game.
Full time at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea 2 West Brom 1.
Four minutes of injury time to play and we have had half of them already.
John Terry is rightly yellow carded after he aggressively grabs the front of Odemwingie's shirt and delivers a stream of abuse his way—the Chelsea captain thought the West Brom forward stood on him as he ran past a tackle. Odemwingie is booked moments later after a tussle with Ashely Cole.
What a chance—Reid's cross from the right is volleyed goalwards by Odemwingie, but Hilario manages to get down to make a smart save. Odemwingie was completely unmarked at the far post.
Graeme Dorrans comes on for Yussuf Mulumbu for the Baggies as Hodgson's men look for more options in the final third.
Five minutes left then for West Brom to find a way back into the game—do they have the belief and mental strength, as well as the technical ability, to do so?
Surely a winner for Chelsea and a first victory for Villas-Boas. Bosingwa does very well in getting past two defenders, though in truth they made it far too easy for him, before sending over a lovely cross into the six yard box which beats everybody—until Malouda appears at the back post to slot it home left footed.
Chelsea 2 West Brom 1 - Florent Malouda 82 mins
Ben Foster, what are you doing?
Pass from deep sends Anelka clean through and Foster comes charging 20 yards out of his penalty area for a ball that he is never going to reach first. Luckily for him and West Brom, Anelka opts to shoot first time and curls his shot past the 'keeper—but also past his near post. Let-off.
Could it be that after two matches apiece, two of the league's top four sides from last season will have failed to pick up a win between them?
Anelka floats a cross over which Drogba attacks but cannot get anything on; Lampard follows up the rebound with a tasty-looking lob but it is just too slow in coming back down and clears Ben Foster's crossbar. Ten minutes remaining at Stamford Bridge.
Fifteen minutes to go and Chelsea appear to have run out of steam a bit again—after the equaliser they threw everything forward but that pressure has tapered off over the last few minutes.
West Brom will be a danger on the counter late on with the pace of Odemwingie.
It's the former—Somen Tchoyi makes way for West Brom's top scorer last season.
Peter Odemwingie is ready to come on and make his return from injury for West Brom. Will he partner new boy Long or come on in place of him?
Ivanovic sends over a pearler of a cross for Drogba to attack but, perhaps still getting up to the pace of the game, he is unable to reach the ball and it drifts away for a goal kick.
Lampard's flick after some neat work around the edge of the box by Chelsea sets Anelka free inside the box but Foster is sharp off his line and narrows the angle sufficiently to make the French striker blaze high and not-very-handsome.
Final change for Chelsea—Branislav Ivanovic comes on for Alex. 25 minutes left to play.
Great skill from Somen Tchoyi for West Brom, turning on the edge of the Chelsea area before firing a left-footed shot at goal, which Hilario is able to turn around the post for a corner.
Jonas Olssen has been booked for West Brom; apparently for dissent.
An hour gone at Stamford Bridge and it is indeed one goal in twenty games as a return on £50 million—Fernando Torres is replaced by Didier Drogba for Chelsea.
How are Chelsea not in front?
Lampard lays in Anelka six yards from goal but Foster makes a terrific save and as Malouda smashes in the rebound, Steven Reid throws himself in front of the ball to make another great block.
West Brom looking rattled now as Chelsea find their gear.
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