To sum up how the season has been so far for West Brom you only need look at the incident that took place three minutes into this game.
New signing Daniel Sturridge, the man that many fans are pinning their hopes on to get the goals to keep us up, was chasing down a long ball only to pull up and be forced off with an injury.
You couldn’t write this stuff. All the excitement about him signing will have evaporated quicker that a saucer of milk in the desert if the injury turns out to be a bad one. Early signs are encouraging but a scan will reveal more.
Salomon Rondon and Jay Rodriguez work hard but they have not scored enough goals this season to keep us in the league. Rondon has been especially bad when it comes to taking chances and he missed another couple of chances at Stamford Bridge.
The opening to the game, despite Sturridge's injury, was pretty good from Pardew’s men. We played a high pressing game and got into some good positions but, yet again, were unable to make the pressure count as Chelsea defended manfully.
Then 25 minutes in the inevitable happened. A neat bit of interplay between Eden Hazard and Olivier Giroud saw the Belgian international finish smartly to give Chelsea the lead.
It was harsh but that is what you get with a world-class player and Ben Foster could do nothing to stop this one.
Despite conceding three goals the keeper was easily our best player again. He made several smart stops throughout the game that prevented the score getting completely out of hand.
The game was pretty much settled after the break when a quick exchange of passes found Victor Moses free inside the area and he duly finished it.
Hazard scored his second to round the game off in style as the Baggies huffed and puffed but never really looked like getting back into the game.
3-0 was a bit flattering to Chelsea but they showed a clinical edge that West Brom fans can only dream of.
Man of the Match
Eden Hazard was superb and fully deserved his brace but the defensive work of Cesar Azpilicueta was outstanding. The defender prevented at least two goals by his awareness and sense of positioning, which perhaps doesn’t get highlighted enough.
For West Brom it would have to be Ben Foster for yet another game full of quality saves but it was not enough to get the Baggies a point.
Reasons to be Angry
No goals despite creating chances, our new striker getting injured and being cut adrift at the bottom are enough for now.
Reasons to be happy
Not many to be honest - but at least we started the game with some gusto and belief. We now need to take that into the next few games which are against teams in and around us.