LONDON (AP) — Chelsea became the latest leading Premier League side to see its ambitions stall at West Bromwich Albion as a 1-1 draw prevented the leaders from bolstering their position on Tuesday.
Just like Everton and Liverpool in the previous two games at the Hawthorns, Chelsea was forced to settle for a goal apiece.
Chelsea defenders exploited slack opposition defending to put the visitors in front, with Branislav Ivanovic turning the ball into the net on the stroke of half time after David Luiz flicked on William's corner.
But Chelsea's defense left Victor Anichebe in too much space to meet Saido Berahino's cross in the 87th minute and head West Brom level.
"In the first half we had complete control without creating many chances — Petr (Cech) not making one save, their strikers with not one shot," Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said. "In the second half they opened and gave us the space we didn't have in the first half, but we were not strong enough to kill the game."
Chelsea is two points clear of second-place Arsenal, which hosts struggling Manchester United on Wednesday. Manchester City also has a chance to move to the top by beating Sunderland if Arsenal slips up.
"We must have the personality to get out, to not accept the pressure," Mourinho said.