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30/10/2004 West Brom v Chelsea

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/foot...em/3947405.stm

West Brom v Chelsea
The Hawthorns
Saturday, 30 October
Kick-off: 1500 BST
West Brom team news will appear here.

Chelsea have a doubt over Didier Drogba, who is recovering from groin surgery and is back in full training but short of match fitness.

That means Mateja Kezman, fresh from breaking his Blues duck in midweek, will keep his place alongside Eidur Gudjohnsen up front.


Chelsea (from): Cech, Cudicini, Johnson, Babayaro, Makelele, Carvalho, Lampard, Kezman, Cole, Duff, Gallas, Geremi, Robben, Bridge, Parker, Ferreira, Gudjohnsen, Terry, Huth, Tiago.

BIG-MATCH FACTS


a.. WEST BROMWICH ALBION play their first match since the sacking of manager Gary Megson, and it could hardly be tougher - home to Chelsea. Albion are coming off the back of their heaviest defeat of the season, and Chelsea their biggest win under Jose Mourinho. The Midlanders have chalked up the fewest number of clean sheets in this Premiership season - the Londoners the most.

a.. The Baggies' woeful 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace left them two places and two points above the relegation zone. But they still have an unbeaten home Premiership record to defend, and know defeat could see them at the foot of the table for the first time this season after this weekend's games.

a.. Albion have not won in 11 League and Cup meetings with Chelsea. They were 'doubled' in their only previous Premiership meetings. Goals either side of half time from Mario Stanic and Gianfranco Zola took the Baggies one step nearer virtually inevitable relegation and Zola at times gave them a footballing masterclass, when Chelsea won this corresponding fixture 0-2 in March 2003.

a.. CHELSEA will overtake Arsenal at the top of the table should they win and the Gunners lose at home to Southampton. The Blues enter the fray on a three match winning run, culminating in Wednesday's Carling Cup victory over West Ham, for which they earned a trip to Newcastle in the fourth round.

a.. Petr Cech has been beaten only twice so far in this Premiership campaign, and has kept eight clean sheets - more than any other keeper in the top flight. The 4-0 home victory in the last League outing included Eidur Gudjohnsen's first English hat trick and took Chelsea to a seventh League victory and to within two points of the defending champions, who've won eight times. Mourinho will want another three points here to set his side up for Tuesday's match in Russia against CSKA Moscow - a match owner Roman Abramovich is surely eagerly awaiting.

a.. Chelsea are vying for a fifth consecutive League win over Albion at the Hawthorns.

Referee:

Barry Knight (Orpington)

a.. Barry Knight has shown fewer cards than matches officiated in the Premiership this season. He has produced four yellow cards in five games. At 0.8 cards per game, his average is the lowest in the elite list.

SEQUENCES/RECENT FORM

WEST BROMWICH ALBION
16th 8 points
Highest realistically achievable after Saturday's games: 14th Lowest could fall: BOTTOM


a.. Won only one League game this season.
a.. One of four clubs to have picked up only one victory in the highest League so far. Norwich are winless. a.. Recorded only one win in 13 League games (Premiership and old Division One). a.. Drawn five of the 10 League matches. a.. Looking for only an eighth win from 49 Premiership games. a.. Picked up 39 Premiership points from 48 games. a.. Managed just one clean sheet in 10 League outings this term. a.. Recorded one block-out in 13 League games, and just one in 25 Premiership contests. a.. One of four clubs with just one clean sheet in the highest echelon so far in this campaign. a.. Failed to score in three top division matches this season. a.. Without a goal in 205 minutes (three hours 25 minutes) of Premiership football. a.. Two points worse off than at this identical stage in their first and only previous Premiership campaign, the season before last. Then they picked up 10 points after the first 10, 11 and 12 games. a.. At their most vulnerable in the middle quarter hour of the second half of Premiership games. Five of the 16 Premiership goals conceded have been shipped in that 15 minute segment. a.. Seeking a fifth home victory in their Premiership history. a.. Won only one home Premiership match this season. Only one club - Norwich - are worse off with no wins at home. a.. Lowest ranked of the eight clubs still with an unbeaten home Premiership account. a.. Looking to extend an unbeaten home run in all competitions this season to six games. a.. Won one and drawn four home League games this season. a.. Drawn more home Premiership games than any other club (four). a.. Scored only five League goals at the Hawthorns. Only Tottenham (three) and Birmingham (four) have been less prolific in front of their home fans. a.. Failed to score just once in a home League game. Only Arsenal, Bolton and Liverpool have scored in all their home games in the top division. CHELSEA 2nd 23 points Highest achievable after Saturday's games: TOP Lowest could fall: 3rd


a.. Seeking a fourth successive victory in all competitions. a.. Lost once in 14 League and Cup games this term. a.. Won seven, drawn two and lost one of their Premiership games this season. a.. Lost one of the last 13 top flight encounters. a.. Only Arsenal have won more top League contests this season - eight to seven from Chelsea and Everton. a.. One of three clubs to have lost only once in the highest tier - the others being Arsenal and Manchester United. a.. The Blues boast the Premiership's tightest defence, having conceded just two goals. Tottenham are second best at the back with a mere six goals shipped. a.. Kept most clean sheets in the Premiership - eight from ten League games (four away). a.. Conceded one goal in one minute under ten and a half hours of Premiership football (excluding stoppage time). a.. Conceded the quickest goal in the Premiership this season in James Beattie's 12 second strike for Southampton at the Bridge on 28 August. a.. Failed to score in three of their last six top tier outings. a.. Gone 13 League matches since conceding more than a single goal (2-1 loss at Newcastle on 25 April). a.. Completed 30 Premiership clashes since losing by more than a single goal (4-2, away to Charlton on Boxing Day 2003). a.. The total of 23 points from 10 games is identical to last season's start - their best ever in the Premiership, when Chelsea accrued 26 points from the first 11 games. a.. Ten League games have yielded just 14 goals (12 for, two against). Only top flight matches involving Tottenham have produced an inferior goals-to-games ratio (12 goals from 10 - six for, six against). a.. Only club yet to lose the lead in a Premiership game this season. a.. Picked up 10 points away from the Bridge. Only Everton (13) and Arsenal
(12) have pocketed more on their travels.
a.. Conceded just once on the road - that being Nicolas Anelka's winning penalty for Manchester City in Chelsea's most recent away League game.

KEY PLAYER NOTES/POTENTIAL MILESTONES

WEST BROMWICH ALBION


a.. Neil CLEMENT began his professional career with Chelsea. a.. If he plays, CLEMENT will be making his 200th appearance for West Brom. a.. Geoff HORSFIELD will be 31 on Monday, 1 November - two days after this match. a.. If involved, Bernt HAAS will be making his 50th appearance for the Baggies. a.. If selected, Rob HULSE will be making his 150th career League appearance. CHELSEA

a.. Only Petr CECH, Frank LAMPARD and John TERRY have played every minute of every one of Chelsea's Premiership matches.

HEAD TO HEAD TOTALS
League: WBA 35 wins, Chelsea 40, Draws 27
Prem: WBA 0 wins, Chelsea 2, Draws 0


HEAD TO HEAD at WBA
League: WBA 21 wins, Chelsea 17, Draws 13
Prem: WBA 0 wins, Chelsea 1, Draws 0

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Hard to say who we will field with a new manager (caretaker), apparently Hoddle will be in the stands watching the game.

Whatever the team I think we'll lose, 2-0.

I'd guess a team like

FW - Kanu & Horsfield
Mid - Greening - Clement - Scimeca - Gera
Def - Robinson - Purse - Gaardsoe - Contra
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Burrows issues rallying call
FRANK Burrows revealed his hardest task this week has been focusing the
players' minds on Saturday's daunting date with title-chasing Chelsea.

But the former Cardiff, Swansea and Portsmouth boss is hoping - with the
help of a sell-out Hawthorns crowd roaring them on - the Baggies can give
Jose Mourinho's men a real run for their money.

Burrows was appointed caretaker manager after Gary Megson was relieved of
his duties on Tuesday.

And he said: "I'm not going to lie - it's been a very difficult week.

"We had a meeting with the players on Wednesday. I called everybody at the
training ground together and told them the gaffer had left the club and was
not coming back and that we needed to focus on Chelsea.

"That's what footballers are paid to do, to put in a performance on Saturday
and hopefully get some points."

Although there was initially a sombre mood at the Baggies' training HQ,
Burrows revealed spirits have steadily begun to rise as the week has
progressed.

And he is hoping his 16th-placed troops will be chomping at the bit by the
time they line up against second-placed Chelsea's expensively assembled
outfit.

"Wednesday was quiet, a slow start, but by the end of two hours or so
training it was okay," added Burrows.

"It was a lot better Thursday morning. The players were more focused and I'm
hoping they will carry that on today (Friday) and on Saturday.

"With the help of 27,000 people, I'm hoping by the time they run out at 3pm
they will be able to put on a show and take some points off Chelsea, because
that's what they're paid to do.

"But we'll see on Saturday afternoon how the players have reacted to it."

Burrows has refused to talk to his players about Megson this week, insisting
the club now have to look to the future.

"Gary Megson has put a lot of hard work into this football club over the
past four-and-half years and is a good friend of mine," he added.

"But I have had to write Gary Megson off and concentrate the minds of the
players.

"I haven't spoken to the players about the previous manager.

"That's because I want them thinking about how they're going to play on
Saturday, if they're picked, and concentrating on what they're paid to do,
and that is playing against Chelsea."

With the memory of Saturday's dismal defeat at Crystal Palace still looming
large, Burrows is hoping Albion can restore some pride on Saturday.

"I'll do this job to the best of my ability so that people can take pride in
being an Albion supporter," he said.

"I'm looking forward to Saturday. That's what I'm paid to do.

"I've managed clubs at all levels and I know on a Saturday afternoon the
only thing that matters to footballers is winning and playing well.

"Then the fans will go home happy and will come back again.

"I'm working towards that target. I want the players to do themselves
justice and send the fans home happy."

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Horsfield concern for Baggies


Geoff Horsfield is West Brom's major injury doubt as they begin life after
Gary Megson whose contract was terminated earlier in the week.

Horsfield is rated as having only a 50-50 chance of being fit to face
Chelsea in the Premiership after having an injection to try to cure a knee
problem.

Caretaker boss Frank Burrows' other forward options - Kanu and Robert
Earnshaw - also have toe and rib injuries but are more likely to be
available.

Midfielder Neil Clement returns after completing a three-match suspension
but Darren Purse is still banned.

West Brom (from): Hoult, Kuszczak, Haas, Scimeca, Robinson, Clement, Moore,
Contra, Gaardsoe, Albrechtsen, Johnson, Koumas, Gera, Greening, Inamoto,
Sakiri, Horsfield, Kanu, Earnshaw, Dobie, Hulse.

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4-4-2 today, with Clement back in midfield, Robinson at LB and Scimeca at
RB.
Apparently the past 2 days' training went really well, and team morale is
good, so hopefully we can give Chelsea a hard time.

Ours:
Hoult,
Scimeca, Gaardsoe, Moore, Robinson,
Gera, Johnson, Clement, Greening,
Earnshaw, Kanu.
Subs:
Kuszczak, Koumas, Dobie, Dyer, Haas.

Theirs:
Cech,
Paulo Ferreira, Terry, Gallas, Bridge,
Smertin, Makelele, Lampard, Cole,
Gudjohnsen, Duff.
Subs:
Cudicini, Tiago, Ricardo Carvalho, Kezman, Robben.

Ref: B. Knight (Orpington)

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0:25 Foul by Eidur Gudjohnsen(Chelsea) on Darren Moore(West Brom).
Free kick taken right-footed by Andy Johnson(West Brom) from right channel,
passed.
2:46 Shot by Zoltan Gera(West Brom) right-footed from right channel
(20 yards), blocked by John Terry(Chelsea).
3:09 Cross by Andy Johnson(West Brom), shot by Nwankwo Kanu(West
Brom) left-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by
William Gallas(Chelsea).
4:58 Cross by Zoltan Gera(West Brom), resulting in ball out of play.
6:19 Shot by Frank Lampard(Chelsea) right-footed from left channel
(25 yards), missed left.
6:54 Cross by Damien Duff(Chelsea), resulting in open play.
7:34 Shot by Neil Clement(West Brom) left-footed from left channel
(35 yards), save (caught) by Petr Cech(Chelsea).
8:16 Foul by Riccardo Scimeca(West Brom) on Damien Duff(Chelsea).
Free kick taken left-footed by Damien Duff(Chelsea) from left wing, header
by William Gallas(Chelsea) from right side of penalty area (6 yards), over
the bar.
8:50 Foul by Robert Earnshaw(West Brom) on John Terry(Chelsea). Free
kick taken left-footed by John Terry(Chelsea) from own half, passed.
9:10 Cross by Damien Duff(Chelsea), clearance by Russell Hoult(West
Brom).
10:10 Cross by Paul Robinson(West Brom), clearance by William
Gallas(Chelsea).
12:22 Foul by Nwankwo Kanu(West Brom) on Frank Lampard(Chelsea). Free
kick taken right-footed by Claude Makelele(Chelsea) from right channel,
passed.
13:01 Cross by Riccardo Scimeca(West Brom), shot by Nwankwo Kanu(West
Brom) right-footed from left side of penalty area (18 yards), missed left.
16:49 Foul by Alexei Smertin(Chelsea) on Paul Robinson(West Brom).
Free kick taken right-footed by Thomas Gaardsoe(West Brom) from own half,
resulting in open play.
17:25 Robert Earnshaw(West Brom) caught offside. Free kick taken
right-footed by William Gallas(Chelsea) from own half, passed.
17:54 Foul by Eidur Gudjohnsen(Chelsea) on Paul Robinson(West Brom).
Free kick taken right-footed by Russell Hoult(West Brom) from own half,
resulting in open play.
19:02 Shot by Robert Earnshaw(West Brom) left-footed from left
channel (25 yards), missed right.
20:49 Foul by Riccardo Scimeca(West Brom) on Damien Duff(Chelsea).
Free kick crossed right-footed by Frank Lampard(Chelsea) from left wing,
save (caught) by Russell Hoult(West Brom).
22:49 Robert Earnshaw(West Brom) caught offside. Free kick taken
right-footed by John Terry(Chelsea) from own half, passed.
24:53 Shot by Joe Cole(Chelsea) right-footed from right channel (20
yards), blocked by Paul Robinson(West Brom).
24:57 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Frank
Lampard(Chelsea) to centre, clearance by Zoltan Gera(West Brom).
26:09 Cross by Renato Paulo Ferreira(Chelsea), clearance by Darren
Moore(West Brom).
26:46 Shot by Alexei Smertin(Chelsea) left-footed from right channel
(20 yards), blocked by Thomas Gaardsoe(West Brom).
26:51 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by
Damien Duff(Chelsea) to near post, resulting in open play.
27:08 Cross by Eidur Gudjohnsen(Chelsea), clearance by Zoltan
Gera(West Brom).
29:13 Cross by Frank Lampard(Chelsea), save (caught) by Russell
Hoult(West Brom).
30:10 Shot by Wayne Bridge(Chelsea) right-footed from left channel
(20 yards), save (caught) by Russell Hoult(West Brom).
33:05 Shot by Robert Earnshaw(West Brom) right-footed from left
channel (20 yards), blocked by John Terry(Chelsea).
33:09 Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Zoltan
Gera(West Brom).
33:32 Cross by Zoltan Gera(West Brom), resulting in ball out of play.
34:03 Defending throw-in by Wayne Bridge(Chelsea). Foul by Thomas
Gaardsoe(West Brom) on Joe Cole(Chelsea). Free kick taken right-footed by
Frank Lampard(Chelsea) from left channel, resulting in open play.
35:50 Foul by Eidur Gudjohnsen(Chelsea) on Darren Moore(West Brom).
Free kick taken right-footed by Thomas Gaardsoe(West Brom) from own half,
resulting in open play.
37:07 Cross by Renato Paulo Ferreira(Chelsea), header by Damien
Duff(Chelsea) from left side of penalty area (18 yards), over the bar.
38:54 Foul by John Terry(Chelsea) on Robert Earnshaw(West Brom). Free
kick taken left-footed by Neil Clement(West Brom) from right channel (20
yards), blocked by Robert Earnshaw(West Brom).
39:07 Robert Earnshaw(West Brom) caught offside. Free kick taken
left-footed by Petr Cech(Chelsea) from own half, resulting in open play.
39:56 Foul by Jonathan Greening(West Brom) on Renato Paulo
Ferreira(Chelsea). Free kick taken right-footed by Renato Paulo
Ferreira(Chelsea) from right wing, resulting in open play.
40:45 Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by
Frank Lampard(Chelsea) to near post, header by John Terry(Chelsea) from
right side of penalty area (18 yards), save (caught) by Russell Hoult(West
Brom).
41:11 Foul by Nwankwo Kanu(West Brom) on Claude Makelele(Chelsea).
Free kick taken right-footed by John Terry(Chelsea) from own half, resulting
in open play.
45:00
(2:01) Cross by Renato Paulo Ferreira(Chelsea), blocked by Thomas
Gaardsoe(West Brom). Outswinging corner from right by-line taken
right-footed by Frank Lampard(Chelsea) to centre, goal by William
Gallas(Chelsea) right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from centre of penalty
area (6 yards).West Brom 0-1 Chelsea. Assist (header) by John Terry(Chelsea)
from left side of penalty area.



HT Stats:
Ours:
Goal Attempts 7, On Target 4, Crosses 5,
Corners 1, Offside 3, Fouls 7,
Free Kicks 5, Yellow cards 0,
Possession 44%.
Theirs:
Goal Attempts 8, On Target 4, Crosses 8,
Corners 4, Offside 0, Fouls 5,
Free Kicks 10, Yellow cards 0,
Possession 56%.

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Gera - Gallas, Gudjohnsen, Duff

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Albion 1 Chelsea 4 - FULL MATCH REPORT
GOALS from William Galas, Eidur Gudjohnsen, Damien Duff and Frank Lampard
ended gutsy Albion's unbeaten home record.

The Baggies were unlucky to find themselves one down at the break but were
swept aside in the second-half by Chelsea's title-chasing mega stars.

Top scorer Zoltan Gera gave Albion hope when he reduced the Blues' lead to
2-1 in the 56th minute - only the fourth goal the West London outfit have
conceded in 15 games this season.

But Jose Mourinho's men eventually ran out comfortable winners

Frank Burrows made two changes for his first game in charge as caretaker
manager, recalling Neil Clement, following his three-game ban, and Jonathan
Greening in place of Bernt Haas and Martin Albrechtsen.

Albion looked anything but star struck as they kicked off against Mourinho's
expensively-assembled side, giving the visitors plenty of food for thought
during a bright opening to the game.

Chelsea keeper Petr Cech had a nervy moment as early as the third minute
when he failed to deal with an Andy Johnson cross, but team-mate Gallas got
him off the hook by blocking Kanu's goalbound strike.

After Lampard and former Chelsea man Clement had both unsuccessfully tried
their luck from distance, Albion had a mini let off when Gallas could only
head Duff's dangerous cross over at the far post.

But the Baggies then enjoyed a purple patch in which they went close three
times in quick succession.

Kanu poked just wide from Riccardo Scimeca's cross before pint-sized striker
Robert Earnshaw came within a whisker of connecting with Kanu's high ball
into the box with just Cech to beat.

Earnshaw, on only his fourth start for his new club, then made space for
himself on the edge of the Blues box and wasn't too far away with a
left-footed drive.

Chelsea gradually began to take the upper hand as the half passed the midway
point but failed to convert their pressure into a clear cut chance.

In fact, it wasn't until the 38th minute that Russell Hoult's goal was
seriously threatened again when Ireland wing wizard Duff headed a decent
chance well over from Paulo Ferreira's right-wing cross.

Hoult was a little more relieved to see John Terry head England star
Lampard's hanging corner straight at him from eight yards moments later.

But Albion cruelly found themselves behind in first-half stoppage time.
Terry lost his marker to head Lampard's corner goalwards and fellow
centre-half Gallas stabbed home from two yards.

Chelsea stormed out of the blocks after the break and Hoult had to produce a
wonderful save to keep out a swerving 30-yard drive from goalscorer Gallas.

And, after substitute Arjen Robben had curled a shot just wide from the edge
of the box, the unmarked Gudjohnsen ghosted between two Albion defenders to
head Chelsea two up from Duff's pinpoint centre in the 51st minute.

But Gera threw the hosts a lifeline by pulling one back just five minutes
later.

The Hungary captain beat the pedestrian Cech with a sublime first-time shot
from 20 yards after the Czech international keeper had beaten away Kanu's
drive from inside the box.

But Albion's joy was short-lived as Chelsea restored their two-goal cushion
three minutes later.

Lampard spearheaded a swift counter attack after Albion had gifted Chelsea
possession on the edge of the Blues' box and the ex-West Ham maestro fed
Duff who beat Hoult with a cool right-foot finish.

It was almost 4-1 moments later when the impressive Lampard shot into the
side netting from Duff's scuffed corner.

Back came Albion and Kanu should have done better with an eight-yard header
from Jonathan Greening's cross which Cech saved comfortably low to his left.

But as Burrows' side chased a second goal, they left themselves open to the
counter-attack and Lampard twice went close with shots from inside the box.

Yet Albion kept plugging away and Cech did well to palm wide an awkward
curling shot from Gera which bounced just in front of the giant Chelsea
keeper.

The action continued to swing from end to end and Hoult showed a safe pair
of hands to clutch Robben's right-footed grass-cutter from the edge of the
box.

Lampard wrapped up the points nine minutes from time by beating Hoult with a
20-yard drive.


ALBION (4-4-2): Hoult; Scimeca, Gaardsoe, Moore, Robinson; Gera, Johnson,
Clement (Koumas 63), Greening (Dyer 80); Kanu, Earnshaw (Dobie 56). Subs not
used: Kuszczak (gk), Haas.

CHELSEA (4-4-2): Cech; Ferreira, Gallas, Terry, Bridge (Carvalho HT);
Smertin, Makelele, Lampard (Tiago 83), Cole (Robben HT); Duff, Gudjohnsen.
Subs not used: Cudicini (gk), Kezman.

GOALS: ALBION - Gera (56). CHELSEA - Gallas (45), Gudjohnsen (51), Duff
(59), Lampard (81).

BOOKINGS: ALBION - Robinson (54).

REFEREE: B Knight (Orpington)

ATTENDANCE: 27,399.

ALBION STARMAN: Zoltan Gera.

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Burrows refuses to make excuses
FRANK Burrows insisted Jose Mourinho's kind words at half-time were of
little consolation as his Albion side slumped to a cruel 4-1 defeat against
joint-leaders Chelsea.

Champions League winner Mourinho told caretaker manager Burrows his Blues
side had been second best in the first-half - despite heading into the
interval a goal up thanks to William Gallas' stoppage-time effort.

But it was a different story in the second half and further strikes from
Eidur Gudjohnsen and Damien Duff - sandwiching Zoltan Gera's third goal for
Albion - put Chelsea in control before Frank Lampard made the points safe
nine minutes from time.

"Jose was very honest at half time," said Burrows, after his first game in
charge.


"He said we had been the better side, that his team had been poor and that
we had been very unlucky. I didn't argue with him.

"There was no need for him to say that so it was kind of him.

"But it's no consolation because people only remember the final score. And
we didn't concentrate for the 90 minutes."

Albion's first-half showing certainly restored some pride after last
Saturday's 3-0 beating at Crystal Palace and they can count themselves
unfortunate to have finished on the wrong end of another heavy defeat.

But Burrows insisted the last thing he wanted was for people to feel sorry
for the Baggies.

"Football is unkind at times but I'm not looking for sympathy," he added.

"We did well first half until we conceded a bad goal. There's no charity in
this game and you get what you deserve."

Burrows was left ruing the fact Albion were unable to capitalise on Gera's
spectacular third goal for the club, which made the scoreline 2-1 in the
56th minute.

Duff added Chelsea's third just three minutes later as Albion were caught on
the break and the game was effectively over.

"After getting back into it at 2-1, if we could have held it for five or ten
minutes and then maybe put them under pressure and got a second goal,
they're human beings and would have started to get nervous," said the
ex-Portsmouth, Cardiff and Swansea boss.

"But to give goals away like we did against a good team like that, you're
asking for trouble.

"Judging by their second-half performance, they're the best team we've
played. They stepped up a gear and we couldn't answer it."

Burrows also revealed his thinking behind handing Kanu the captain's armband
for the first time.

"I just wanted to make a change," he confessed.

"Mooro's a natural captain anyway and drives people on.

"Kanu is our best player. He is comfortable at this level and I wanted to
give him that little bit extra responsibility.

"He worked his socks off and ran himself into the ground.

"I thought if the other players saw him doing it, it would rub off on the
rest of them."

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