RADIO CLIVE'S FIVE: CHELSEA V WEST BROMWICH ALBION
Throughout the season former player Clive Walker provides radio and TV commentary on Chelsea's games. Here he selects five aspects from Saturday's clash that caught his eye…
It was a reasonably solid performance by us. The only minor criticism is that we didn't score more than one goal. We created some really great opportunities and passed the ball really well. There was a buzz about us and we were by far the better side.
The decisive goal came courtesy of hard work on the training pitch. It was no fluke Demba Ba was in that position. That's what a centre-forward needs, to get into those positions and score. He did really well to get across his man and get on to the knock-down from David Luiz, so it all worked well. It was almost over-hit by Oscar but it was a delivery with pace and bend on it which made it almost impossible for Ben Foster to get anywhere near it.
West Brom obviously wanted to stay in the game as long as possible. They would have preferred it to be 0-0 with 20 minutes to go, and then to be able to bring on an attacking player like Peter Odemwingie, that would have been Steve Clarke's ploy. The game probably went, more or less, the way he thought it would, apart from the fact we scored.
When Eden Hazard got the ball he was outstanding, a joy to watch. Throughout the game he was dropping deep and changing wings in order to get on the ball. He has something that perhaps we've been lacking in recent times, a player in a similar mould to Arjen Robben. Juan Mata has shown his quality over the past two seasons and now Oscar is beginning to do it on a more regular basis. We need to get those three on the ball in the final third of the pitch.
It's important when Frank Lampard plays alongside Ramires as their attributes complement each other in midfield. It's a good balance; when Ramires has license to get forward, as we've seen in the past, he's very difficult to stop and the two of them work well together, as they did against West Brom on Saturday.
Clive Walker is part of the commentary team for games on chelseafc.com this season. Go to our Matchday Live section or hear it via our Mobile App.