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Late James McClean strike earns West Brom a point at Chelsea

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Published 13/01/2016

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)

Chelsea's search for successive Barclays 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 Gareth McAuley deflected Willian's cross into his own goal.

The Baggies came from behind for a second time when McClean struck four minutes from time as the visitors earned a deserved point.

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 card for an off-the-ball trip on him early in the second half.

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

The Blues are unbeaten in six games since the departure of Jose Mourinho, but Guus Hiddink's hopes of a top-four finish receded further in front of owner Roman Abramovich and ahead of Saturday's clash with Everton.

Chelsea began well. Costa glided by Jonny Evans but shot wide and Willian fired off target either side of McClean heading off target from Darren Fletcher's cross.

James Morrison departed with an apparent hamstring problem before Azpilicueta blocked a Fletcher effort and then scored at the other end.

Azpilicueta is less than prolific, but likes scoring against West Brom.

The full-back, who netted at The Hawthorns in August, claimed his first goal at Stamford Bridge when he prodded in Branislav Ivanovic's cross at the back post.

There were holes aplenty in the visiting defence, but Chelsea's rearguard was porous too.

The Baggies breached and exposed when Pedro gave the ball away to Fletcher, who was influential for the visitors.

Fletcher prodded it to Gardner, who did the rest, shooting into the bottom corner from 25 yards.

Costa ballooned an effort over and Salomon Rondon shot just wide as both sides had chances to take an interval lead.

Pedro made his debut at The Hawthorns and inspired Chelsea to a first win of the season, but his star has faded since.

The subdued Spain winger was withdrawn for Kenedy at half-time and the Brazilian gave Chelsea much-needed pace and penetration in an increasingly disjointed contest.

Costa had no complaints when he was booked for a poor lunge on Gardner after losing control of the ball.

Kenedy next powered down the left and Costa looked to join the attack, only to tumble in front of Yacob.

The Baggies midfielder avoided punishment, prompting Chelsea complaints led by captain John Terry. Yacob did go off, substituted for Saido Berahino.

Chelsea continued to press, with a deflected Costa effort going into the side-netting.

McClean was then booked for squaring up to Thibaut Courtois as the contest became more niggly still.

Chelsea took the lead for a second time when Willian's cross deflected in off McAuley, who was under pressure from Kenedy.

Costa was denied and Kenedy shot wide before McClean equalised from the edge of the area after Chelsea twice failed to clear.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

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PLAYER RATINGS

CHELSEA

Thibaut Courtois: 6

Branislav Ivanovic: 7

John Terry: 6

Kurt Zouma: 6

Cesar Azpilicueta: 7

Jon Obi Mikel: 7

Willian: 7

Cesc Fabregas: 6

Pedro: 5

Oscar: 6

Diego Costa: 6

Subs

Kenedy: 7

Nemanja Matic: 6

WEST BROM

Boaz Myhill: 6

Craig Dawson: 6

Jonas Olsson: 6

Gareth McAuley: 6

Jonny Evans: 7

Chris Brunt: 7

Claudio Yacob: 6

Darren Fletcher: 7

James McClean: 7

James Morrison: 5

Salomon Rondon: 6

Subs

Craig Gardner: 7

Saido Berahino: 6

Stephane Sessegnon: 6

STAR MAN Craig Gardner: On as an early substitute after Morrison went down injured, Gardner crashed in a superb equaliser and also had a hand in the second. Epitomised the determination of West Brom to take something from a niggly game.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH The move for Chelsea's first goal, started with a long ball from Fabregas to Costa, who fed Willian, with the Brazilian sending Ivanovic sprinting down the wing to ping in a cross for his fellow full-back Azpilicueta at the far post.

VIEW FROM THE BENCH Chelsea lined up with their familiar system with their full-backs given license to get forward, not least when both combined for the opening goal. West Brom were forced into an early change with Morrison's injury, but Gardner slotted into his 'number 10' role seamlessly.

MOAN OF THE MATCH Diego Costa. A familiar gripe but the Spaniard, who has returned to goalscoring form recently, was back at his antagonistic worst against the Baggies. After fluffing an early chance he decided to spend the rest of the match picking fights all over the pitch - even after the final whistle.

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Chelsea v Everton (Barclays Premier League, January 16)

Southampton v West Brom (Barclays Premier League, January 16)

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