THE DATA DAY: CHELSEA V WEST BROMWICH ALBION

Posted on: Mon 11 Nov 2013

The Blues secured a draw against West Bromwich Albion courtesy of a late penalty, unable to make the most of our territorial dominance for much of the game, as shown by the statistics…

We had 17 attempts on goal, seven of which were on target, while West Brom hit the target with three of their 11 efforts.

As Jose Mourinho remarked in the post-match press conference, we dominated possession in the first half, so it comes as no surprise that we enjoyed a 67.8 per cent share of the ball during the game.

There was an unusually high number of free-kicks in the game. Eleven fouls were committed by Chelsea players, with the visitors responsible for 15.

Ten yellow cards were produced over the course of the 90 minutes; Frank Lampard, Samuel Eto'o and Branislav Ivanovic the Chelsea players booked by referee Andre Marriner.

Lampard finished the game having made more tackles than any other player with five.

In the attacking third of the pitch we completed 171 of our 228 attempted passes, while Steve Clarke's side made 56 from 92.

Eden Hazard was our saviour, scoring from the penalty spot right at the death, and the Belgian was the most accurate player on the pitch in the opposition half, completing 28 of his attempted 31 passes.

Ramires, meanwhile, the player responsible for winning that last-gasp spot-kick, made more successful passes than any other player.

We attempted to utilise the threat of Branislav Ivanovic on the right-hand side as often as possible, with Ramires completing 24 passes to the Serbian defender, the highest pass combination on the pitch.

After working ourselves into dangerous positions, we were let down by our final ball into the penalty area on a number of occasions, with only 5 of our 42 attempted crosses finding a blue shirt.