West Brom 3 Chelsea 0: Player ratings as Cesc Fabregas sees red

Player ratings as West Brom are emphatic winners against newly-crowned Premier League champions Chelsea

By Steven Prince

West Brom

Boaz Myhill The former Hull City goalkeeper coped easily with the minimal amount that the visitors threw at him. 7/10

Craig Dawson The defender kept Chelsea’s attacking width at bay with a resolute performance. 7

Jonas Olsson The Swedish rock was involved in the pedantic scenes that saw Fabregas removed from the game. Otherwise, a strong defensive show. 7

Gareth McAuley Eyebrows were raised when the Northern Irish defender signed for the Baggies a few seasons ago but his stock continues to rise. Maturing like a fine wine and it takes a strong individual to stand up to Costa. 7

Joleon Lescott Perhaps the former Manchester City defender prefers playing at centre back, but set up Berahino for his first. A committed performance, both in attack and defence. 7

Claudio Yacob A ghost-like performance from the Argentinian, but this was a perfect display of holding midfield play. 7

Callum McManaman An apparent limp for the former Wigan player saw him removed early in the second half, after fits and starts in the first 45. 6

James Morrison An energetic performance from the midfielder who managed to keep the powerhouse of Matic at bay. 7

Darren Fletcher The January signing has strengthened the Baggies’ midfield since his arrival. There is no substitute for experience. 7

Chris Brunt A peach of a left-footed hammer added extra gloss to a strong performance. 7

Saido Berahino (Man of the match) The England under-21 international put the visiting Blues to the sword with an impressive two goal haul – especially his sumptuous first. If he wishes to become a top striker, he needs to stay at the Hawthorns and develop further. 8

Substitutes

Craig Gardner A combative, fleeting performance from the midfielder. This game however was not about pushing on but controlling the midfield with their man advantage. 6

Brown Ideye The Nigerian came on for the impressive Saido Berahino and had very little service. 5

Chris Baird No time to make an impact. N/A

Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois Perhaps could have saved Berahino’s early second-half penalty and would have liked to have done better with the hosts’s third goal. 5

Branislav Ivanovic Usually offering supporting down the right-hand side but this was curtailed after Fabregas’ silly red card. 6

Gary Cahill Signs of fatigue are beginning to show from the England international. However, the former Bolton player outshone his more illustrious defensive stalwart partner Terry. 6

John Terry A moment of sloppiest put the game beyond 10-men Chelsea as his poor challenge resulted in a stonewall penalty. He would have walked on another day. 5

Filipe Luis A rare start for the Brazilian left-back may well be his last. 4

Nemanja Matic The sizeable Serb wasted a golden opportunity to reduce the arrears. At this level, one needs to score those. 5

Ruben Loftus-Cheek The young English midfielder looks more like Matic Mach two rather than a new Mikel. 6

Cesc Fabregas Whether the sending off was deserved or otherwise, one expects less petulance from a double European champion and World Cup winner. His chance to beat Thierry Henry’s assist record has well and truly gone. 4

Eden Hazard The PFA player of the year had an occasional off day. A noticeable lack of cut and thrust from the buccaneering Belgian. 5

Loic Remy On another day, his left-footed drive goes in off the post. The Frenchman appears wasted when attacking from wide and looks far more threatening as a central forward. 6

Diego Costa The returning oft-hamstrung Brazilian-cum-Spaniard appears to have not lost his ability to fight. But that was all he was up for in the Midlands. Lucky to escape a sending off. 5

Substitutes

Juan Cuadrado £27m of uselessness. The decision to sell Andre Schurrle WILL come back to haunt Chelsea for this one hit World Cup wonder. Even Mohammed Salah showed more than this Colombian dud, and guess who scored for Fiorentina this evening. 2

Nathan Ake Struggled to make an impact for the Chelsea youth player but it must be argued that anyone would struggle when coming on after your side has been reduced to 10 men. 5

Isaiah Brown A chorus of boos met the returning youngster on each of his touches at the Hawthorns. A raw talent that still needs to develop. 5

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