The Hawthorns

Next Game

W Brom v Man City

Friday, 26 December 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Loftus Road Stadium

Last Game

QPR 3 - 2 W Brom

Saturday, 20 December 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

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

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

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

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

ow.. ten paragraphs on West Ham in winners sections.. wow.. Its really Christmas time!!!.. Forever blowing bubbles..

metal
Premier League Winners And Losers

A

couple of wins and everything is OK! Sorry you still haven't got a striker who can consistently goals. Keep searching. I don't think Liverpool will make top four not even Europa League this time around.

larrylawrence
Rodgers still targets top four

I

f he can find the right player? Surely the manager of one of Europe's top clubs has a well-researched short-list and has a good idea of who he wants to bring on-board? If I can find the right player sounds like someone going out on Saturday night on the pull, and the nearer you get to midnight the lower your standards drop.

CamberleyGooner
Wenger to buy centre-half

Footer 365

Transfer news: DeAndre Yedlin to join Tottenham in January after securing work permit

DeAndre Yedlin will join Tottenham in January after securing a work permit, according to Sky sources.

Premier League: QPR start contract talks with Charlie Austin, according to Sky sources

Queens Park Rangers have opened contract talks with striker Charlie Austin, according to Sky sources.

Rangers AGM: Former chairman says Mike Ashley will not allow club to go into administration

Former Rangers chairman Malcolm Murray says Mike Ashley will not allow the club to go into administration.

Mail Box

Wenger Has Made Arsenal Mentally Weak

We have plenty of reaction to yesterday's result, with Mailers sick of Wenger, Mertesacker and Skrtel in particular. Plus why it's not yet time for 'Austin for England'...

More Players In The Wrong Bloody Shirt

Plus Cristiano Ronaldo, who looks 'heart-breakingly well-suited to a Real Madrid shirt' according to one United fan. Plus, words from the good doctor and plenty more...

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