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Robson angry at Drogba's antics

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LONDON, Mar 4 (Reuters) West Bromwich Albion manager Bryan Robson accused Chelsea striker Didier Drogba of trying to get one of his players sent off after his side's 2-1 home defeat in the Premier League today.

Drogba put champions Chelsea ahead with a clinical finish just after halftime and Joe Cole doubled their advantage after 74 minutes when West Brom failed to clear the ball.

Nwankwo Kanu converted a low cross three minutes from time to spark a furious finish to a bad-tempered Hawthorns clash in which Chelsea's Arjen Robben was sent off after 62 minutes for a reckless lunge at Jonathan Greening.

Drogba later reacted theatrically to a challenge by Greening, an incident that provoked one of several heated exchanges between Robson and his opposite number Jose Mourinho.

''Drogba just dives around all the time,'' Robson told Sky Sports. ''What he tried to do near the touchline was to even it up.

Because they had a player sent off he tried to get Greening sent off.

''But he does it all the time. My player never touched him and he's rolling around and feigning injury...the next time the ball came near him he's absolutely fine, but that's just his character.'' Robson was also unhappy with Mourinho after Chelsea's players emerged late for the second half and the pair did not shake hands at the final whistle, although he did admit Robben's straight red card was ''a bit harsh''.

Chelsea skipper John Terry said Mourinho had given the players a halftime dressing down after a tepid first half display in which relegation-threatened West Brom created the better chances.

''He wasn't at all happy,'' the England defender said. ''We got a bit of a telling off and a kick up the backside.

Terry was also disappointed with Robben's sending off, the second time the Dutchman has seen red this season after his dismissal against Sunderland in January.

''The referee said it was two-footed but it wasn't and he didn't make any contact,'' said Terry. ''The important thing though is that we got the three points.

''It gives us confidence for Barcelona on Tuesday. We'll go there with our heads held high and go for the win.'' Chelsea trail their Champions League clash 2-1 after the first leg.

Chelsea's victory over West Brom put them on 72 points, 18 ahead of second-placed Manchester United who play Wigan Athletic on Monday. Six more wins will guarantee them the title.

REUTERS PM PM2146

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