Chelsea wins at Baggies, retains faint title hopes
Didier Drogba, Salomon Kalou and Frank Lampard scored Saturday to give Chelsea a 3-1 win at West Bromwich Albion and keep alive the Blues' faint hopes of retaining the Premier League title.
Peter Odemwingie put West Brom ahead in the 17th minute with his 12th league goal of the season, but the lead lasted only five minutes as Drogba tapped in after fullback Nicky Shorey cleared a cross straight to the Ivory Coast striker.
Chelsea led four minutes after that when Kalou scored with an angled shot following goalkeeper Scott Carson's failure to push away Drogba's long-range shot, and Lampard rounded off a slick counterattack in the 45th.
With six games remaining, Chelsea is now eight points behind leader Manchester United - which was not in Premier League action since it was playing local rival Manchester City in the semifinals of the FA Cup.
Odemwingie raced clear and lifted the ball over goalkeeper Petr Cech to put West Brom ahead, but the 33-year-old Drogba - selected ahead of out-of-form Fernando Torres as the focal point of Chelsea's attack - equalized with his 11th Premier League goal of the season.
Ashley Cole released Kalou down the left and his cross eluded goalkeeper Scott Carson's attempted interception and went all the way across goal to Shorey. The defender's mis-hit clearance fell to Drogba, who lashed the ball into the net.
It was Drobga's shot that led to Kalou's goal for 2-0, but Chelsea's third goal was its best.
From a deep position, Drogba released Florent Malouda down the left wing and the France international pulled the ball back to Lampard. The England midfielder, who had a 30-meter (shot) tipped over the bar before he extended the visitors' lead, had time to place his shot past Carson.