West Brom 2 Chelsea 3 analysis: Pedro stands out in exciting game in which Thibaut Courtois saves penalty from James Morrison

ANALYSIS: View from the bench and the moan of the match as John Terry sees red

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STAR PLAYER

Pedro

The Chelsea new boy looked like he had been a Blues player for years with a debut of pace, precision and quality.

His opening goal and assist underlined his quality but workrate and commitment to the cause should not go unnoticed.

It will be Manchester United's loss that they failed to sign the winger from Barcelona as he gave a glimpse of what he will offer Chelsea in the title race.

The Hawthorns on a wet Sunday afternoon is not the most glamorous place for a debut for someone used to the Nou Camp but Pedro proved his worth.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Chelsea doubled their lead after half an hour with a lightning break and gave the Baggies a mountain to climb.

John Terry's initial header from Chris Brunt's corner found Branislav Ivanovic who, in turn, fed Willian.

The midfielder's touch was crucial as he got it out of his feet to find Pedro and his cross shot was turned in by Diego Costa.

It wrestled control of a game which could have been so different had Thibaut Courtois not saved James Morrison's early penalty.

 

VIEW FROM THE BENCH

Jose Mourinho would have been troubled by Chelsea's start as they were on the ropes and survived a let-off when Courtois saved Morrison's penalty.

But he would have been delighted with the response and impact new signing Pedro made once he scored a debut goal on 20 minutes.

Tony Pulis continues to search for a win at West Brom boss this season - and has pointed out their tricky start - but the Baggies need to get their campaign up and running.

MOAN OF THE MATCH

Terry continued his stuttering season after being sent off after the break at The Hawthorns.

The defender got himself into all kinds of trouble up against Salomon Rondon and allowed the striker to get goal side.

There will be a doubt over whether the forward would have got the ball ahead of Courtois but referee Mark Clattenburg had little option at first glance.

After retaining his place despite being replaced at half time at Manchester City last week, Terry could find it tough to return to the side after suspension.

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John Terry leaves the field after dismissal against West Brom

 

WHO'S UP NEXT

Chelsea v Crystal Palace (Premier League, Saturday August 29)

West Brom v Port Vale (Capital One Cup, Tuesday August 25

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