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Chelsea boss Hiddink looks to positives as Blues are held at home by West Brom

Chelsea 2-2 West Brom

By Matt McGeehan

Published 14/01/2016

Flashpoint: James McClean confronts Thibaut Courtois
Flashpoint: James McClean confronts Thibaut Courtois

Chelsea's search for successive Premier League wins this season goes on after James McClean's late strike earned West Brom a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Cesar Azpilicueta's goal was cancelled out by substitute Craig Gardner before Northern Ireland international Gareth McAuley deflected Willian's cross into his own net.

The Baggies came from behind for a second time when McClean struck four minutes from the end. Chelsea felt aggrieved and Diego Costa made his frustrations known at the final whistle by arguing with Baggies players.

Costa felt Claudio Yacob, already booked for a first-half foul, should have received a second yellow for an off-the-ball trip on him early in the second period.

The midfielder was promptly substituted and referee Anthony Taylor was barracked by Chelsea players and fans thereafter.

Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink said: "The unbeaten run goes on but we would have preferred the win. West Brom always bounce back, they have great character.

"Diego Costa controlled himself, he is very dangerous. The player is concentrated on his job and doing very well.

"The manager made a wise decision when he took off Claudio Yacob. The referee forgot."

West Brom manager Tony Pulis added: "We are pleased. You have to ride your luck and work hard and we did. We were a threat but we are disappointed with their goals.

"We were disappointed with one or two of our players because they got wound up. You have to be sensible. I thought Yacob was luckye. We were a bit fortunate.

West Bromwich Albion's Irish midfielder James McClean (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge in London on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON
West Bromwich Albion's Irish midfielder James McClean (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge in London on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON
West Bromwich Albion's James McClean celebrates after scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stamford Bridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Steve Paston/PA Wire.
Chelsea's Kenedy (left) celebrates with Willian after his shot deflects off West Bromwich Albion's Gareth McAuley for an own goal during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stamford Bridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Steve Paston/PA Wire.
Chelsea's Diego Costa on the ball during a counter attach as referee Anthony Taylor blows the whistle for half-time in the Barclays Premier League match at the Stamford Bridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Steve Paston/PA Wire. ns.
Chelsea's Diego Costa (left) complains to referee Anthony Taylor after he blew the whistle for half-time whilst Chelsea were on the counter attack during the Barclays Premier League match at the Stamford Bridge, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 13, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Chelsea. Photo credit should read: Steve Paston/PA Wire.
Chelsea's Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa has words with referee Anthony Taylor after the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge in London on January 13, 2016. The game finished 2-2. AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON
Chelsea's Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa runs with the ball during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge in London on January 13, 2016. The game finished 2-2. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL
Chelsea's Brazilian striker Kenedy passes the ball during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge in London on January 13, 2016. The game finished 2-2. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL
West Bromwich Albion's Irish midfielder James McClean celebrates after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge in London on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON
Chelsea's Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (R) clashes with West Bromwich Albion's Irish midfielder James McClean during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge in London on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON
Chelsea's Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas gestures during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge in London on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON
West Bromwich Albion's Burundian-born English striker Saido Berahino (R) vies with Chelsea's Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge in London on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON
Chelsea's Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta (R) vies with West Bromwich Albion's Beninese midfielder Stephane Sessegnon during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge in London on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON
Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Willian and Chelsea's Brazilian striker Kenedy (L) celebrate their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge in London on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL
West Bromwich Albion's Northern Irish defender Gareth McAuley (R) bundles the ball into his own net under pressure from Chelsea's Brazilian striker Kenedy past West Bromwich Albion's US-born Welsh goalkeeper Boaz Myhill during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge in London on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL
West Bromwich Albion's Northern Irish defender Gareth McAuley (R) bundles the ball into his own net under pressure from Chelsea's Brazilian striker Kenedy past West Bromwich Albion's US-born Welsh goalkeeper Boaz Myhill during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge in London on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL
Chelsea's Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa appeals during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge in London on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL
Chelsea's Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas (R) vies with West Bromwich Albion's Northern Irish midfielder Chris Brunt during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge in London on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON
Chelsea's English defender John Terry (R) vies with West Bromwich Albion's Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge in London on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON
Chelsea's French defender Kurt Zouma (R) vies with West Bromwich Albion's Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge in London on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON
Chelsea's Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa (2nd L) reacts to being shown a yellow card from referee Anthony Taylor during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge in London on January 13, 2016. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL R
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Kenedy (C-L) and Willian of Chelsea celebrate their third goal scored by Gareth McAuley of West Bromwich Albion during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on January 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Willian of Chelsea and Jonny Evans of West Bromwich Albion compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on January 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Salomon Rondon of West Bromwich Albion controls the ball under pressure of Kurt Zouma of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on January 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Craig Gardner of West Bromwich Albion and John Mikel Obi of Chelsea compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on January 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: James McClean of West Bromwich Albion and Oscar of Chelsea compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on January 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on January 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Gareth McAuley (R) of West Bromwich Albion concedes an own goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on January 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Gareth McAuley (R) of West Bromwich Albion concedes an own goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on January 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Kenedy (C-L) and Willian (C-R) of Chelsea celebrate their third goal scored by Gareth McAuley of West Bromwich Albion during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on January 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Kenedy (C-L) and Willian of Chelsea celebrate their third goal scored by Gareth McAuley of West Bromwich Albion during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on January 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Saido Berahino of West Bromwich Albion in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on January 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Diego Costa of Chelsea and Gareth McAuley of West Bromwich Albion compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on January 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Diego Costa of Chelsea controls the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on January 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Sesc Fabregas of Chelsea and Saido Berahino of West Bromwich Albion compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on January 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Willian of Chelsea and Jonny Evans of West Bromwich Albion compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on January 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Willian of Chelsea and Jonny Evans of West Bromwich Albion compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on January 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Diego Costa of Chelsea argues with referee Anthony Taylor during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on January 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: John Mikel Obi of Chelsea in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on January 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Diego Costa of Chelsea reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on January 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Guus Hiddink interim manager of Chelsea gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on January 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Guus Hiddink interim manager of Chelsea gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and West Bromwich Albion at Stamford Bridge on January 13, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

"Saido Berahino's situation is up in the air. The chairman is running the club diligently, the finances are up to him."

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CHELSEA: Courtois, Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta, Fàbregas (Matic 78), Mikel, Willian, Oscar, Pedro (Kenedy 45), Diego Costa. Goals: Azpilicueta 20, McAuley (og) 73 Subs not used: Begovic, Ramires, Remy, Cahill, Loftus-Cheek.

WEST BROM: Myhill, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Evans, Yacob (Berahino 60), Brunt, Fletcher, Morrison (Gardner 7), McClean, Rondón (Sessegnon 67). Goals: Gardner 33, McClean 87

Subs not used: Foster, Chester, Anichebe, McManaman.

Man of the match: Craig Gardner (pictured)

Match rating: 7/10

Referee: Anthony Taylor

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