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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

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.

"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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