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Jones ready for 'Hazard' perception test

Defender wary of world-class Chelsea threat

BILLY Jones insists Albion will need to pass a 'Hazard' perception test in order to drive away from tonight's Hawthorns clash against Chelsea with three points.

Eden Hazard netted a hat-trick as the Barclays Premier League table-toppers brushed aside Newcastle 3-0 on Saturday - and is currently fourth in the scoring chart with 12 goals.

But the Baggies have won their last two fixtures against Mourinho's men on home soil.

And Jones, who is hoping to shake off a knee injury in time for the game, says Mel's side are capable of keeping the visitors quiet.

“He [Hazard] is a man in form at the moment," said the former Preston right-back.

“You can see how well they’re playing and how well he is playing individually and we know it’s going to be a hard game.

"It will be difficult not just because of how world class Hazard is but also because of the other world-class players they have.

“We need to show another one of those disciplined, defensive performances we have in previous years to get a result.

“Every Premier League player knew what a talent he was from day one when he first signed for Chelsea.

“He’s the type of player you want to be proving yourself against and he is up there with the world-class players in this league.

“It’s going to be a very hard game for all of us against all of their world-class players."

Jones believes his team-mates need to create their own luck in order to distance themselves from the relegation zone. 

“We know we can’t play like we did in the first half at Palace and we have done that in games throughout this season," he added.

“We did the same against Liverpool, when we started a little bit slowly and improved in the second half.

“We’ve spoken about it in the dressing room.

“A lot of people who have been relegated in the past will talk about how unlucky they were and we need to make our own luck.

“That’s by working hard and improving our team performance, creating our own luck and going from there.

“We’ve got two home games coming up now and hopefully we can turn around the bad result from Saturday."