West Brom 1-1 Chelsea - REALITY CHECK!

Chelsea were denied the chance to extend their lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League last night and blew it with a disappointing...

Chelsea were denied the chance to extend their lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League last night and blew it with a disappointing 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns. Credit must be given to West Brom but I can't hide my disappointment this morning!

Let's be honest here, we dominated the game but never really created enough clear cut chances. Those we did have, we never took and it came back to bite us on the arse!

As Eden Hazard was played through down the left hand side with around 20 minutes to go or so, Chelsea had the break on West Brom with players forward who had out numbered the opposition defence.

All we needed was an early cross from Hazard to someone waiting in the box to prod it home and wrap up the three points but he waited too long and the chance had gone.

What happens? Late on in the game we are punished as we couldn't deal with a cross into the box. Anichebe glances a header home beating Luiz to the ball as Cech comes out into no-man's land and leaves himself stranded!

At least we didn't lose based on the attempts on goal West Brom had in the final 30 minutes. You have to hold your hands up and congratulate WBA for never giving up and having a real go at us. If they continue to play like that, they will climb up the table no problem.

As for Chelsea? At times we were too narrow and needed width. Hazard, Oscar and Willian all played inside and as a result with WBA's 4-4-2 formation, there was little space to work in.

For some reason, we also sat back too deep and allowed WBA to come onto us. When the changes were made, we should have switched to 4-3-3 to provide more balance.

It's two points dropped in a game we had control of. Tonight we are hoping for a Man United win at Arsenal to stay above them but can pretty much count out Sunderland from getting anything from City. City will go above us at the top of the league on goal difference.

Disappointing but hopefully just a minor blip. If anything last night's result is a reality check for all of us to not get carried away and to take things game by game.

What did you think?

Carefree & KTBFFH!



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