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PREMIER LEAGUE: West Brom fight back to earn draw at Chelsea

Guus Hiddink's Chelsea suffered another setback in the Premier League as they were held to a 2-2 draw by West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday night.

Cesar Azpilicueta found the net for Hiddink's side in the 20th minute with a neat finish at the far post from Branislav Ivanovic's low cross but Albion hit back when Craig Gardner took advantage after Pedro was dispossessed in midfield to fire past Thibaut Courtois from 25 yards in the 33rd minute.

Gardner's goal spurred the visitors into life and Salomon Rondon gave Chelsea supporters an almighty scare when his shot just skimmed wide of the post.

Courtois was called into action early in the second half to prevent James McClean from scoring before the home side soon began to apply some pressure with Diego Costa shooting into the side netting.

In the 73rd minute, Chelsea edged ahead when a nice cross from Willian, which was destined for substitute Kenedy, found it's way into the Albion net off defender Gareth McAuley.

With four minutes remaining, however, McClean got the better of Courtois to sweep beyond the Belgium goalkeeper to tie it up for Tony Pulis' Baggies.

Chelsea huffed and puffed but could not find a winner as West Brom claimed a credible point at Stamford Bridge to drop to 13th where they sit three points clear of the 14th-placed Blues.


Chelsea: 2 (Cesar Azpilicueta 20', Gareth McAuley (OG) 73')
West Bromwich Albion: 2 (Craig Gardner 33', James McClean 86')
Stamford Bridge, London - 40,945

Report by Joe Baker

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