PAID THE PRICE:Manager was later sacked
Chelsea’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League took another blow Saturday when the former Premier League champion lost 1-0 at West Bromwich Albion.
Defender Gareth McAuley scored with eight minutes remaining to earn the Baggies a third straight win and leave Chelsea three points behind fourth-place Arsenal with 11 games left.
Liam Ridgewell drove Keith Andrews’ chip across the area and McAuley diverted the ball past Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech
West Brom’s first win over Chelsea since 1979 also increased the pressure on Chelsea coach Andre Villas-Boas, whose team has lost seven times in the Premier League this season.
“Everyone must do their job better: players, staff and manager,” Villas-Boas said. “We have responsibility toward the fans of the club.”
Cech was busier than his counterpart, Ben Foster, while Youssouf Mulumbu and James Morrison dominated midfield for the home side.