West Brom 1 Chelsea 1: Blues must stop horsing around if they are to become Premier League title contenders, says manager Jose Mourinho

Mourinho's 'little horse' evaluation came back to haunt Chelsea after he admitted that 'a ready, complete team' would have killed the game off

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes his side underlined just why they are the 'little horse' in this season's Barclays Premier League title race.

Mourinho coined the term following Chelsea's stunning 1-0 victory at Manchester City earlier this month, making clear his team were the outsiders in the championship fight.

After dismantling Newcastle on Saturday on the back of Eden Hazard's hat-trick to move top of the table for the first time this season, Mourinho's remark had even more of a hollow ring to it.

But just three days later Chelsea were made to pay for what Mourinho felt was a lack of a killer instinct after being held to a 1-1 draw by relegation-threatened West Brom.

Chelsea were poised to move four points clear of Arsenal on the back of centre-back Branislav Ivanovic's injury-time strike in the first half at The Hawthorns.

 

Victor Anichebe, however, again emerged as a super sub nine days after coming off the bench to equalise in a 1-1 draw with Liverpool, as the Nigerian repeated the feat against Chelsea with a goal in the 87th minute.

When it was suggested this was a performance that proved his 'little horse' tag, Mourinho said: "Yes. A ready team, a complete team kills this game. 2-0, goodbye, but we didn't."

Mourinho added: "For 60 minutes there was only one team, and that team couldn't kill the game, especially in the first 15 minutes of the second half.

"For (the next) 10 minutes the game was poor, and then for the last 20 minutes only one team and that team fought a lot to get the goal and the point, and in the end they deserve it.

"In the first half we had complete control without creating many chances - Petr (Cech) not making one save, their strikers with not one shot.

"In the second half they opened and gave us the space we didn't have in the first half, but we were not strong enough to kill the game."

For Albion head coach Pepe Mel, whose side are back out of the bottom three, he admitted this was his team's best performance from his five games in charge.

"I'm proud of my players," he said.

"In the first half we defended well, limited Chelsea's chances, and in the second we counter-attacked well and showed a good mentality.

"If we had scored earlier then we would have won the match, so for me this was our best performance against a good Chelsea team who are top."

PA

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
10 best PS4 games

10 best PS4 games

Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
Transfer window: Ten things we learnt

Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

Record-breaking spending shows FFP restraint no longer applies
Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent