Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has accused West Brom of purposely trying to provoke the Blues during their 2-2 draw on Wednesday night.
Coach Guus Hiddink defended striker Diego Costa in his post-game press conference, after the Spaniard was involved in several altercations with the visitors during the encounter.
Further, he had to be separated from Boaz Myhill at full time as the Baggies secured a deserved point with a battling performance at Stamford Bridge.
However, Courtois believes that they adopted negative playing tactics, as well as going out with an aim of trying to provoke the Chelsea players.
“We’re very disappointed. It was a game we wanted to win. It was a tough game with them playing only long balls, [playing for] second balls, trying to provoke players,” he said, as reported by Sky Sports.
“It was a bit frustrating. We tried to do our best, we came back, but sadly they got the second goal.”
Chelsea remain unbeaten under Hiddink, after the Dutchman arrived in mid-December on an interim basis having replaced Jose Mourinho until the end of the season.
Although the performances and results have improved for the Premier League champions, they remain languishing in the bottom half of the table as they continue to try and salvage something from the campaign.
Meanwhile, they will also return to Champions League action next month when they face Paris Saint-Germain in what will likely be another tense meeting between the two sides following their encounters in last year’s competition.