Chelsea failed to put the pressure on the chasing pack, missing the chance to have a 4 point lead in the Premiership. The Baggies certainly gave a spirited second half performance, but in reality the Blues have only themselves to blame.
Heaven forbid but Jose Mourinho may have actually made a couple of mistakes tonight. In my opinion his first happened before a ball was kicked.
When the team sheet was revealed and neither Terry nor Lampard’s name was on it, a deep knot could be felt in my stomach. Deja vu from Rafa’s reign. This may be the first time this seaon that this has happened. One of those two must play in every game, Petr Cech is a wonderful keeper but no Captain.
The main reason West Brom managed to get back in the game was due to some undisciplined behaviour on the part of the Blues. Ivanovich and Cech nearly came to blows midway thru the second half after Captain Cech publicly balled out the Serb over his positioning. From that moment on we were at sixes and sevens, which is about as many yellow cards the ref handed out as the game degenerated into all ill-tempered affair. I am sure that if JT or Super Frank were on the pitch we would never have lost our composure in this manner.
Chelsea’s intensity from the kick off did not reach that required to take all 3 points from an away game. It can be argued that we were never in danger of losing the game but what isn’t in doubt is that we didn’t put the game to bed either. Jose’s other rare slip was that he retrenched too early, bringing on Mikel for Oscar before it was job done.
The Blues took the lead with the last kick of a dull first half, when Ivanovich continued his fine habit of scoring important goals. He scored a poachers effort from a corner, Chelsea’s seventh of the half.
Hazard, Willian and Oscar all looked a little off-color as Pepe Mel, the Baggies manager, set up stall to frustrate our creative outlets. Ben Foster, the ex-England keeper also looked like his former self playing a big part in keeping the home side in the game.
Eto’o looked the sharpest of the forward line continually making a nuisance of himself and testing Foster on a number of occasions. He was replaced before the gong so that Torres could get a few minutes under his belt on his return from injury. Fernando hardly endeared himself to the away fans with a 15 minute display in which he spent more time on the deck wallowing in self-pity than threatening to score a winning goal.
Matic yet again bossed the midfield, he really looks the part. He stirs memories of Patrick Vieira striding around the park, a brick wall with the deftness of a fox.
Anyway these nights are all part of the nailbiting endured to become Champions. Jose will be gutted we failed to keep 5 straight clean sheets and speed down the M1 with some daylight in between us and Man City. Yes, we have already discounted the Arse as serious challengers.
FA Cup next, I expect Mourinho to be less adventurous than last week at the Ethiad. What odd’s 2 wins away at Citee in 10 days? We would take a draw right now.
Fingers crossed, but can’t see Gus Poyet’s boys holding the Blue Mooners tomorrow night. So expect City will be top again. But wouldnt mind a little flutter on Juan Mata’s first United goal being at the Emirates.
Get well soon JT , we need you……