Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho did not blame John Terry for his sending off, but said appealing the decision was unlikely following his side's 3-2 win over West Brom.
Terry looked furious at referee Mark Clattenburg decision to show him a straight red card for pulling back Solomon Rondon just outside the box with the West Brom player bearing down on goal.
As Terry left the pitch, Mourinho did not acknowledge his skipper.
Asked about the possibility of appealing the decision, Mourinho said: "Normally it's a waste of time for us, I think we should but normally it's a waste of time. (Nemanja) Matic against Burnley last year was a waste of time, Diego Costa against Liverpool was a waste of time.
"No (I don't blame Terry), it's a ball into the space behind the full-back, the fullback is pressing high, the striker makes the movement and then (referee) Mr Clattenburg decides it's a red card.
"To speak about the sending off I have to speak about many other things in the game. Some things you can see and some things we can see.
"I prefer just to focus on us. Tomorrow the back pages have to be different because we won."
And Mourinho admitted, after a second red card of the season, the team must train to cope with it.
He added: "To train 10 v 11 is something we have to do and I'm not joking. We have to know what to do."
West Brom 2 Chelsea 3 player ratings
West Brom 2 Chelsea 3 player ratings
1/22 West Brom: Myhill
The goalkeeper conceded three goals, but was let down by his defence. 6
A central defender by trade but playing at right back, he struggled to cope with Hazard’s pace but got involved with West Brom’s attacks when he could. 5
Costa got the better of the Northern Ireland international time and time again, and after the centre-back had lost his battle with the striker, it allowed Costa to set up Azpilicueta for Chelsea’s third. 4
The Sweden international couldn’t deal with the pace of Pedro in the build-up to the winger’s opening goal. 4
The left winger, who has been used at left back under Pulis, came close to equalising with a late shot that went high but he was exploited by Pedro throughout the game. 4
It was his run forwards that allowed Willian to get in behind him and set up Costa for his goal. Was lacking in pace in opener as Willian got past him to make it 2-0. 5
The winger’s pace caused Azpilicueta all sorts of problems and after skipping past the left-back, he was brought down by Matic for the penalty. He also provided the cross for Morrison’s second goal. 7
West Brom’s longest-serving player made up for his missed penalty by scoring twice in what was a positive showing for the midfielder. 8
Worked hard in midfield to combat Fabregas’ influence but failed to fully protect his back line. 5
Was dangerous for West Brom and it was his good work that allowed him to get past Ivanovic and create Morrison’s second goal. 6
Looked sharp on his debut and it was his overhead kick that set up Morrison for his goal. Didn’t get on the scoresheet but was a threat up front for the home side. 7
12/22 Chelsea: Courtois
Remained calm in goal despite the end-to-end nature of the match, saving Morrison's early penalty before making several late saves to ensure the win. 7
Did better on the right flank than against Manchester City last week, but Chelsea’s vice-captain was beaten too easily by McClean for West Brom’s first goal before McManaman got the better of him for the home side’s second. 4
Provided strength in central defence and made some good early tackles. 6
After being the subject of headlines following his substitution against City, the Chelsea skipper let himself down when he saw red for failing to keep up with Rondon before pulling the striker back while he was through on goal. 4
Helped restore Chelsea’s two-goal lead with his strike just before the break, but was beaten too easily by McManaman in the lead-up to West Brom’s penalty as he struggled with his defensive duties. 7
It was the Spaniard’s lofty pass that instigated the move that led to Azpilicueta’s goal, and the midfielder continued providing accurate passes to help build-up Chelsea’s attacks as the game went on. 7
Clumsily brought down McManaman to give away the penalty but was let off the hook when Courtois saved the resulting spot-kick. He didn’t look as strong in midfield as usual, and couldn’t contend with Morrison’s strength for West Brom’s second goal. 5
Made a great run on the counter to set up Chelsea’s second goal and should have scored just before the break but drove high. Another good performance with a high work rate against West Brom. 7
The Belgian looked back to his best against West Brom as he set up Pedro for the opener and used his pace to cause the home side’s defence problems. 7
Chelsea’s man of the match. The winger seemed at ease on his Premier League debut scoring a goal and setting up Diego Costa’s strike. His pace on the right and his superb crosses will prove dangerous for Chelsea this season. 8
His goal was the icing on the cake for the striker, who enjoyed a very good performance up front. Costa looked dangerous throughout and really should have bagged a brace in the second half but drove high with time and space. 8
The victory was the first of the season for Chelsea, and Cesc Fabregas admitted all that mattered was the result.
Before the win over the Baggies, the Blues were held to a 2-2 draw by Swansea and lost 3-0 against Manchester City.
"One hundred per cent today was about winning, about getting the points and getting back on track," the Spain international said.
"We made it in difficult circumstances. It looks every time that we had a comfortable game and were dominating that something happens lately.We bounced back in a difficult situation.
"We work hard and we have to keep going, and before the international break we want six points."Reuse content