PEDRO played a starring role but John Terry was sent off as Chelsea claimed their first win of the Premier League season with a thrilling 3-2 victory at West Brom yesterday.
Chelsea signed Pedro from Barcelona on Thursday and the Spain forward made an instant impact at The Hawthorns.
The 28-year-old opened his account for the champions with a deflected 20th-minute strike, but only after the returning Thibaut Courtois had saved James Morrison’s penalty six minutes earlier.
Jose Mourinho’s men made it 2-0 on the half-hour mark when Pedro set up Diego Costa for his first goal of the campaign, before Morrison redeemed himself by pulling one back.
Cesar Azpilicueta’s maiden Premier League goal then re-established Chelsea’s command of the match as they went in 3-1 to the good at half-time.
However, Chelsea captain Terry – who was substituted at half-time of last week’s chastening 3-0 loss at Manchester City – saw red early in the second period for hauling down Salomon Rondon.
West Brom, without Saido Berahino amid talk of an impending move to Tottenham, took advantage soon after through a superb Morrison header, but could not complete the comeback as 10-man Chelsea held on.
Costa dragged an early effort wide but Chelsea looked set to fall behind when Nemanja Matic tripped Callum McManaman just inside the area.
Morrison stepped up, but Courtois was equal to the midfielder’s low spot-kick and turned the ball over the bar with his legs.
And West Brom were punished six minutes later as Eden Hazard flicked the ball into Pedro, whose left-footed shot from the edge of the area took a deflection off Jonas Olsson and into Boaz Myhill’s bottom-left corner.