Monday, 9 January 2012
Reserves: Chelsea 2 West Bromwich Albion 3
Michael Essien made his first appearance of the season and managed to come through 75 minutes unscathed as he continues on the road to full fitness. It was an otherwise disappointing day for the Blues. Chelsea took the lead in the first half thanks to an impressive strike by Jacob Mellis, but some sloppy defending allowed Lateef Elford-Alliyu to equalise before half time. Chris Wood gave West Brom the lead with just under 15 minutes remaining, but the Blues responded well and were level soon after when Milan Lalkovic fired home from inside the penalty area. Chelsea pushed on in search of a winner but always looked vulnerable at the back when West Brom broke, and after Mellis conceded a free kick deep inside our half, Asil Nabi scored the decisive goal.