West Brom picked up a shock 5-2 win at Chelsea in a superb performance that completely defied the form book.
There were a number of strong showings all across the pitch with Matheus Pereira the stand out with two goals and two assists.
Albion did not have everything their own way either as Dara O’Shea and Branislav Ivanovic were forced off with first-half injuries.
Thiago Silva’s red card was a fortunate boost but credit must go to Sam Allardyce who masterminded the magnificent victory.
Chelsea came into the game in top form but they never got going and struggled against Big Sam’s back five.
Albion really excelled after reverting to a back four, and some of the football on show was absolutely sublime.
Clive Tyldesley likened us to Brazil on talkSPORT’s coverage and Chelsea simply could not get close to us at times.
It is a vital three points and a win that has the potential to inject life into our bid for safety – our players should take great confidence from the performance.
Here are West Brom News’ ratings for the Stamford Bridge clash.
Sam Johnstone 7 – Some very tidy first-half saves and could do nothing about either Chelsea goal as Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount tapped into open nets.
Kyle Bartley 7 – Solid throughout and kept a tight lid on Timo Werner, did let him slip for Chelsea’s second though.
Semi Ajayi 8 – Absolutely superb performance in his first match since getting sent off against Burnley. Looked assured alongside Bartley and played a couple of lovely passes forward.
Dara O’Shea N/A – It was an unfortunate collision, as the defender picked up an injury in the first half shortly before we conceded.
Darnell Furlong 6 – Should have reacted quicker to stop Pulisic’s rebound from a Marcos Alonso free-kick. However, he produced a lovely cross to pick out Callum Robinson for his first goal.
Conor Townsend 8 – A brilliant display in a slightly less familiar wing-back role. He was adventurous in attack and stretched Chelsea – a superb backheel led to our fourth.
Okay Yoskuslu 9 – Ran things in the middle of the park and dominated Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho in doing so. Mopped things up at the back and set us on countless attacks.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles 7 – Showed great energy between both boxes and used the ball quickly and efficiently which was exactly what was required against ten men.
Matheus Pereira 10 – Wow, that was more like the Pereira we know. Started off lively and his pressing led to Thiago Silva’s crucial sending off. He then showed outstanding composure for his goals, lobbing the ball over Edouard Mendy before finding time and space to take a touch and fire in his second. Could have got his hat-trick after the break but grabbed two assists instead.
Matt Phillips 7 – Almost gave us a first-half lead with a lovely curling effort that struck the bar. Caused Reece James problems.
Mbaye Diagne 8 – Brilliant hold-up play and finally produced a finish to match that should do him the world of good. Linked up with Pereira well when the Brazilian took up the no.10 role.
Branislav Ivanovic N/A – A surprise 13-minute spell and one good piece of defending that unfortunately culminated in an injury that forced him off.
Callum Robinson 9 – Made a superb impact from the bench after replacing Ivanovic. He loves games against Chelsea as each of his five Premier League goals have come against the Blues. Did not look like a player who hasn’t scored since September as he struck an amazing volley before cutely chipping the ball over Mendy.
In other West Brom news, Glenn Hoddle raved about a ‘first-class’ Albion player who would have made Big Sam delighted.