Chelsea 2-2 West Bromwich Albion: Baggies steal late draw

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  • Baggies come from behind twice
  • McClean scores equalizer in 86′
  • West Brom sit 13th, Chelsea stay 14th

Twice Chelsea had the lead and twice West Brom came from behind, as James McClean‘s late goal was enough to steal a draw for the Baggies at Stamford Bridge.

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Things got off to a bad start for West Brom, as James Morrison was subbed off after seven minutes with what appeared to be a hamstring injury. Tony Pulis was forced to go to his bench early, putting Craig Gardner into the midfield.

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Chelsea controlled the early play, with Willian and Diego Costa causing trouble for the Baggies’ back-line. Despite the strong play up front, it was two Chelsea defenders who linked up for the opening goal. Branislav Ivanovic took a ball on the right wing and whipped in a perfect cross, sliding through the entire box to the back post where Cesar Azpilicueta tapped in the put the Blues ahead.

However, that lead didn’t last long as the substitute Craig Gardner fired West Brom level in the 33rd minute. A poor play from Pedro saw the winger dispossessed in his own half, and Gardner was the first to the loose ball, immediately firing a shot from 25 yards out past Thibaut Courtois and into the bottom corner.

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The second half was a bit chippy as the Baggies looked to grind out a result, but they couldn’t hold off Chelsea as the Blues went back ahead in the 74th minute. Willian did well to get a cross into the box, where his fellow Brazilian Kenedy looked to tap it home, although it was officially ruled an own goal for Gareth McCauley.

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When it looked like Chelsea was going to take all three points, James McClean scored in the 86th minute to earn a late draw for West Brom. A loose ball rolled to McClean outside the box, and his low shot found a way through the defense and into the bottom corner, as the match ended 2-2.