West Brom 2-3 Chelsea: Pedro inspires champions' first win

Pedro Rodriguez

Pedro impresses on Premier League debut as he's involved in two of Chelsea's goals in 3-2 win at West Brom.

Pedro was the man of the match on his Chelsea and Premier League debut as Chelsea picked up their first three points of the 2015-16 Premier League season, at West Brom this afternoon.

The Spaniard only arrived in a £21.4 million deal from Barcelona on Thursday but went straight into José Mourinho's starting lineup which saw three changes from last weekend's 3-0 thrashing at Manchester City.

Chelsea faced earlier pressure as Nemanja Matić conceded a penalty on 13 minutes for a foul inside the area on Callum McManaman.

Thibaut Courtouis marked his return from suspension denying James Morrison's effort which was straight down the middle.

Mourinho's side started to get on top shortly after and took the lead on 20 minutes when Pedro played a close-range one-two with Eden Hazard outside the West Brom penalty area before his deflected effort found the bottom corner to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

10 minutes later the goalscorer turned provider as Pedro fired the ball across goal from which Diego Costa turned home from close range. West Brom had left themselves open on the counter-attack.

The debutant would not be involved in Chelsea's third and final goal, all scored by Spaniards and all in the first half, but spent a lot of the second half working hard off the ball after the Blues were reduced to 10 men following the dismissal of John Terry nine minutes in the second half.

  Mins PlayedShotsGoalsChances CreatedAssistsFouls WonBall Recovery
Pedro 84 3 1 4 1 3 4

Having come through the Barcelona youth academy and their pressing game, Pedro had no problem in chasing the ball in the opposition half, winning the ball back successfully on a couple of occasions.

Chelsea still need further protection down their right-hand side though as Branislav Ivanović was exposed for the third straight game this season at full-back. Both of West Brom's goals today came following crosses from that side where Callum McManaman had beat the Serbian inside, creating plenty of time and space to put a cross into the box.

Pedro not great at helping out defensively around his own penalty area was the one disappointment for Chelsea fans on his debut, but otherwise the 28-year-old will be getting lots of 9 and 10 ratings in your papers tomorrow morning.

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