Chelsea scalp delights Clarke

West Brom manager Steve Clarke admitted he was relieved when the final whistle blew as his side beat Chelsea 2-1 at The Hawthorns.

Last Updated: 18/11/12 at 08:18 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Eden Hazard equalised for the away side after Shane Long had scored the opener for West Brom but Peter Odemwingie pounced five minutes after the restart to secure the points for Clarke's side.

"We were hanging on a little bit towards the end," he told Sky Sports News.

"Just after I made the third substitution, Youssouf Mulumbu flagged up he had a problem with a little bit of cramp in his hamstring, so we finished the game with 10 and a half players, if you like.

"It was just relief more than anything to earn the three points that I think the effort of the players deserved.

"(We have) character and we now look comfortable against the top teams. We've got enough about us now to defend well but to know when to play at the right times.

"There was a period in the first half when I thought we were knocking the ball around really well and in complete control of the game.

"As a coach, watching your players doing that against a top team like Chelsea, it is satisfying."

Clarke insisted nothing should be taken away from his side's victory, despite his opposite number omitting Juan Mata and Oscar from his starting line-up.

"It's not for me to comment. Chelsea have a squad of players they think is good enough to challenge for all the trophies and we've got a good squad of players here at Albion," added the Scotsman.

"To note any absences from the Chelsea team would be disrespectful to us. We went out there, performed well and got the win."

Clarke was also keen to praise Long, who turned in another strong overall performance in addition to scoring the opening goal.

"I have run out of words to describe Shane. He was up front on his own today and at times he was a little bit isolated," said Clarke.

"But he never stops trying for the team and his was one of a number of top performances for the team today."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

ilarious, thanks for that. But if I may, I do suspect the reason of your partners' ire is not Tottenham, but most probably all the compusilve gambling :)

DannySmith
Backing Costa To Keep Banging 'Em In

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew braced for protests

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

Footer 365

Premier League: Arsenal win 3-0 at Aston Villa to end the hosts' unbeaten start

Aston Villa’s unbeaten start to the season was ended by a devastating goal blitz as Arsenal enjoyed a 3-0 away win.

Premier League: Newcastle draw with Hull City as Papiss Cisse scores two

Substitute Papiss Cisse saved the day for Newcastle and under-fire manager Alan Pardew in their 2-2 draw with Hull City.

Premier League: Victor Wanyama earns Southampton 1-0 win at Swansea

Victor Wanyama broke the resistance of 10-man Swansea as Southampton left the Liberty Stadium with a 1-0 win.

Mail Box

Be Careful What You Wish For, Gooners

That's the message from a Man United fan in the mailbox. Plus, thoughts on Paul Lambert's new contract, the Alan Pardew dilemma at Newcastle and lots more...

No, Wenger IS To Blame For Failure...

The backlash to the backlash to the backlash sees Arsene Wenger getting a good kicking while we also have mails on Chelsea, Newcastle, Everton and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property