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Defending champions pick their first win at Hawthorns [Match report]


Defending champions Chelsea picked their first win of the campaign at the Hawthorns after some dreadful start but not as convincing as expected, new signing Pedro kickstarted his Chelsea shift in fine fashion although same can not be said of captain and legend John Terry who saw red just after the restart.

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Thibaut Courtois returned in goal after the red he received on opening day shut him out of the embarrassment of Etihad and was quick to justify his automatic inclusion in the 14th minute when his outstretched leg kept out james Morrison's penalty after Nemanja Matic had brought down Callum McManaman in the area, that was the defining moment as Chelsea went on from there and really never looked back.

Pedro benefited from a slight deflection to beat Boaz Myhill but that was after some fine one-two with Eden Hazard, ten minutes later it was two, the trophy ladened Spaniard was on hand to deliver goal ward to the delight of Diego Costa who slides in to make it two and score for the first time this term.

James Morrison halved the deficit soon after after being fed by Solomon Rondon but but Cezar Azpilicueta restored the two goal advantage before halftime.


John Terry will be getting used to halftime substitution by now as he was sent off early in the second half for pulling back Rondon who was through on goal.

Mourinho, on his 300th game at Chelsea had to reshuffle by introducing Gary Cahill for Willian, it didn't work at first as Morrison grabbed his second after connecting McManaman's cross with a header that went in off the crossbar.

Chelsea labored hard to defend as Westbrom threw everything forward, Serge Gnabry, on loan from Arsenal came in for McManaman while the Portuguese yanked off Costa for Falcao, John Obi Mikel was brought on for the inspiring Pedro to a standing ovation from both sides.

Chelsea held on for a befitting celebration for the special one.

Article written by @Komptrolla

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