West Brom earned their first point of the Premier League season after a 3-3 draw with Chelsea at The Hawthorns.
The Baggies had a three goal lead at the break with a double from Callum Robinson and Kyle Bartley’s first goal of the season putting Albion in a very strong position.
However, Frank Lampard’s side battled back and got the scores level in the second half through Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and a controversial 93rd minute equaliser from Tammy Abraham where Kai Havertz seemed to handle the ball in the build-up.
Slaven Bilic continued with the same side that was defeated by Everton and will have taken massive confidence from this game, with the Baggies showing that they can compete with the elite of the Premier League after their clinical finishing saw them score three goals in the first half.
With games coming up against teams who are in the bottom half of the table, this performance showed that they do have what it takes to survive this coming season, and they will be boosted with more depth in their ranks next weekend with Conor Gallagher returning and the imminent arrival of Filip Krovinovic.
Here’s how we rated the WBA players after the game:
Sam Johnstone - 6
Couldn’t do much with all of the goals conceded. Left flat footed for Mount’s strike before a clinical Hudson-Odoi finish gave him no chance. Made an impressive save to deny Mount which was unfortunately tapped in on the rebound by Abraham late on.
Darnell Furlong - 8
Was a menace up the right side with him giving Marcos Alonso all sorts of problems. Notched an assist for Bartley’s goal with a cleverly worked corner.
Semi Ajayi - 8
Was a key figure at the back as he stayed strong against the quality that Chelsea threw forward. Read the game brilliantly and was gutted to see his hard work had unraveled in the dying minutes.
Kyle Bartley - 9
Very good throughout the game, making a number of brilliant clearances to thwart the Chelsea forward line. Capped off his night with his first goal of the season but will be bitterly disappointed it didn’t end with three points.
Dara O'Shea - 7
Was caught out a couple of times in the first half, which led to Werner hitting the bar. Was more composed in the second half dealing with the relentless Chelsea attacks. Will learn quickly from these games.
Conor Townsend - 7
Albion were getting hurt on numerous occasions on Townsend’s side with the Baggies fortunate to go unpunished in the first half. Linked up really nicely going forward and was a solid replacement for the suspended Gibbs. Will look to sure up the defensive side of his game in the top flight.
Romaine Sawyers - 8
Played in a more forward role this time and was more effective in it too, with him being the main man to link up plays and get Albion moving up the pitch. Was unlucky to see his effort flash wide of the post as the Baggies looked for a fourth goal.
Jake Livermore - 7
Worked tirelessly in midfield as he aimed to keep things tight and compact. Ran out of steam at the end which was visible from his earlier work.
Matheus Pereira - 9
Yet again Pereira looked a cut above ahead of his teammates with him sending though Robinson for the opening goal. Showed flashes of brilliant skill particularly to get Robson-Kanu in behind in the second half.
Grady Diangana - 8
Switched flanks to cause both James and Alonso problems which was effective. Showed quality in the final third also. Sent a shot over the bar in the first half.
Callum Robinson - 9
Notched a brace with two clinical finishes which was just what Albion needed. Continued to add the energy up top that was needed before being sacrificed for Robson-Kanu.
Hal Robson-Kanu - 6 (subbed on 66')
Got Albion up the pitch at times to relieve the pressure. Poor clearance at the end to Mount led to the equaliser which he will be disappointed about.
Matt Phillips - 6 (subbed on 74')
Had one shot from the edge of the box deflect wide. Was added to provide fresh legs in the closing stages.
Sam Field - N/A (subbed on 90')
Added on at the end to try and see the game out but Albion fell to a last minute equaliser.