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Saturday 16 December 2017

Chelsea v West Brom - Story of the match

Antonio Conte congratulates Diego Costa, left, on a man-of-the-match display
Antonio Conte congratulates Diego Costa, left, on a man-of-the-match display

Diego Costa's fifth goal in six games broke West Brom's stubborn resistance and sealed Chelsea's ninth consecutive Premier League victory.

The Blues won out 1-0 at Stamford Bridge courtesy of Costa's piledriver, a goal that owed everything to the Spain hitman's hard running.

The relentless Costa robbed Gareth McAuley on the right flank before firing past a helpless Ben Foster in the Albion goal.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"The quality of Costa's finish was of the highest level, the vision to see Foster out of position and the strike to match. #CHEWBA" - former England international David James (@jamosfoundation) offers a goalkeeper's perspective on the decisive goal.

STAR MAN - Diego Costa

There was only going to one man who could break the resistance of Tony Pulis' men and on current form, Costa displayed why he is regarded as one of the best strikers in the world. The Spain international worked tirelessly throughout and his persistence saw him rob the ball off Gareth McAuley before firing past Ben Foster with an emphatic finish. Costa, again, proved to be a handful for Premier League defences this campaign and this time West Brom defenders Jonny Evans and McAuley could not stop him. The 28-year-old also tracked back to help his side defend their lead as he led from the front with a complete all-round performance.

DATA POINT

Antonio Conte's side have now won nine consecutive games in the league this season - a feat they last achieved in 2009.

IN WITH THE CROWD

West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster was subjected to a number of boos from the home fans throughout the game for time-wasting during goal kicks. Despite not receiving a booking from referee Mike Dean, Foster endured a testing afternoon from the supporters. Meanwhile, Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard and his New York City team-mate Andrea Pirlo were also in the stands to watch the game.

RATINGS

CHELSEA

Thibaut Courtois (Out of 10): 6

Marcos Alonso: 6

David Luiz: 6

Gary Cahill: 6

Cesar Azpilicueta: 6

Victor Moses: 6

Nemanja Matic: 6

N'Golo Kante: 7

Pedro: 6

Eden Hazard: 6

Diego Costa: 8

SUBSTITUTIONS

Willian (for Pedro, 63 minutes): 7

Cesc Fabregas (for Moses, 74 minutes): 6

Branislav Ivanovic (for Hazard, 79 minutes): 6

WEST BROM

Ben Foster: 6

Allan Nyom: 6

Jonny Evans: 6

Gareth McAuley: 5

Craig Dawson: 6

James Morrison: 5

Darren Fletcher: 6

Claudio Yacob: 5

Matt Phillips: 6

Chris Brunt: 6

Salomon Rondon: 5

SUBSTITUTIONS

James McClean (for Phillips, 78 minutes): 6

Nacer Chadli (for Morrison, 78 minutes): 6

Hal Robson-Kanu (for Brunt, 84 minutes): 6

WHO'S UP NEXT?

Sunderland v Chelsea (Premier League, Wednesday December 14)

West Brom v Swansea (Premier League, Wednesday December 14)

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