Carragher, Neville and more: Twitter reacts as Chelsea beat West Brom
Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville take to Twitter after Chelsea ease to a 3-2 victory over West Brom
Chelsea’s 3-2 win against West Brom wasn’t short of talking points on a day when new star signing Pedro made his debut.
The Spanish winger scored and hit an assist as the Blues edged to victory in uncertain fashion, as the Baggies fought back through James Morrison.
And with referee Mark Clattenburg sending off captain John Terry after he took down Salomon Rondon, the game left pundits with plenty to ponder.
Here is a selection of the best Twitter reaction from the professionals, past and present, in chronological order to Chelsea’s narrow win.
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville was impressed by Pedro’s debut:
Pedro has settled in well! Mmmmm!
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) August 23, 2015
But fellow Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher was more concerned by the size of the Chelsea captain’s shin pads:
John Terry has got the smallest shin pads I've ever seen.
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) August 23, 2015
Ex-United and Everton defender Phil Neville disagreed with Mark Clattenburg’s decision to send off John Terry:
No foul or red card that for me
— Philip Neville (@fizzer18) August 23, 2015
As did former Spurs player Jermaine Jenas, who believed Clattenburg wanted to hog the spotlight:
Clatenberg couldn't wait to get the red card out there!
— Jermaine Jenas (@jjenas8) August 23, 2015
But never one to shy away from controversy himself, Joey Barton believed that the under-fire official got the decision right:
Think ref gets sending off spit on. Rondon would got to the ball had JT not pulled his arm. Red card. Great decision.
— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) August 23, 2015
Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker was sceptical about the future of Terry:
John Terry could elongate his career if he continues on a part time basis.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 23, 2015
Journalist Dan Levene had a tongue-in-cheek jibe after Pedro’s electric start to life in the Premier League:
But can the lad Pedro do it on a wet Sunday lunchtime in Sandwell? Hmm? Hmm?
— Dan Levene (@BluesChronicle) August 23, 2015
And Fox Sports reporter Adam Peacock was left disconcerted by signs of Diego Costa’s frustration:
There's just that nagging, intriguing thought that at any moment, Diego Costa will snap & attempt to throw all 11 opponents on the roof.
— Adam Peacock (@adampeacock3) August 23, 2015