A Pedro inspired Chelsea eked out a hard fought 3-2 win vs a determined West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on a rainy afternoon as the Blues registered their first win of the season. The Chelsea debutant scored one and set up another in a man-of-the match performance while James Morrison scored 2 for West Brom as John Terry was sent off for the Blues early in the second half. We take a look at some of the important issues from the game:
1. John Terry may be down, but not out
There was a lot of speculation over whether John Terry would start today’s game or not- the Chelsea captain having been substituted at half time for the first time in his Chelsea career last week at the Etihad. There were rumours that he had lost Jose Mourinho’s trust, and would now only play a bit part as the season wore on. However, the 34 year old started the game, and it was Gary Cahill instead who was dropped in favour of Kurt Zouma.
However, his weaknesses were bought to the fore when he got himself red-carded for bringing down Solomon Rondon just outside in the box around the hour mark. He had been outpaced, the same problem Mourinho said was the reason for last week’s substitution.