Chelsea that just spent over £200 million in the transfer market to strengthen their squad were almost stunned by a newly promoted Premier League club, West Brom. The Frank Lampard’s led squad had to wait until the 93rd minute before they could equalize in what could be termed one of the biggest comebacks in the Premier League.
In the dramatic match which took place at West Brom’s The Hawthorns Stadium, Lampard only knew that his team was in for a big fight in the 27th minute of the match. The hosts were already three goals better before Chelsea could put up a fight. That makes it the second time in the history of the club that they were already three goals up before the 30th minute mark. The first time was against Manchester City which scored three goals against the London team within the first 19 minutes.
On Saturday’s encounter, the shocker began for Chelsea in the 4th minute of the game when Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso has to lose the ball to set up West Brom’s first goal through the boots of Callum Robinson.
In the 25th minute, new Chelsea’s signing Thiago Silva failed to maintain possession at the back and Robinson was there again to seize the opportunity and Willy Caballero who stood in for dropped Kepa Arrizabalaga could not do much.
West Brom scored their 3rd goal in the 27th minute by what looks like a third mistake as West Brom’s Kyle Bartley had to score a free header from a corner kick.
This was the point Chelsea realized that they were in for a humiliating night and had to organize themselves to avoid the worse possible fall. But the club’s renewed vigor didn’t start paying off until in the 55th minute when Mason Mount reduced Chelsea’s deficit to two.
In the 70th minute, Callum Hudson-Odoi stepped up to score his first Premier League goal of the season which gave the club hope of equalizing. But that equalizer didn’t come until after the regular 90 minutes. Tammy Abraham had to wait until in the additional three minutes to score Chelsea’s equalizer.
Agonising. 😫 pic.twitter.com/akI5kcGicn— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) September 26, 2020
At the end of the match, Chelsea became the first Premier League team since 2011 to avoid defeat after conceding three goals in half-time. The match also means that Frank Lampard’s team has failed to keep a clean sheet in 20 of their 21 Premier League away games.
If Chelsea had lost the match, it would have been the club’s second loss in three matches so far this season. But as it stands, Lampard and his boys have garnered just 4 points in three Premier League games.
“It is a big lesson for us,” Lampard said after the match. “It is two points lost at the end of the day – and that’s no disrespect to West Brom.
“It was mistakes – clear mistakes – that cost us. You can have as many meetings as you want but with those mistakes, you give yourself a mountain to climb. There is a lot we can keep getting better at.”
Chelsea’s next match is against Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. West Brom will wait until September 4 to play their next league match against Southampton.