Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was left fuming after his side needed an injury time equaliser to salvage a draw against West Brom, after the west London outfit had found themselves 3-0 down at half-time.
Slaven Bilic’s Baggies got off to the perfect start by taking the lead after just four minutes, Irish international Callum Robinson opening his account for the season by firing a left-footed effort past Willy Caballero from the edge of the area.
Chelsea almost equalised on a couple of occasions soon afterwards, but both Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner were unable to keep their efforts down after being found in space in the box.
Frank Lampard handed veteran Brazilian Thiago Silva his Premier League debut and the captains armband in the hope of shoring up his side’s leaky defence, but Chelsea would find themselves two behind on 25 minutes with the 36-year-old centre-back very much the culprit. The former PSG man let a simple pass from Mateo Kovacic to roll under his foot, which allowed Robinson to break free and fire past Caballero for his second of the night.
Just two minutes later things would go from bad to worse for the Blues, West Brom defender Kyle Bartley calmly stroking home from six yards after a well-worked corner to give the newly-promoted side a shock 3-0 lead.
10 minutes into the second-half and Chelsea had a lifeline, England midfielder Mason Mount smashing a dipping strike past Sam Johnstone from 25 yards out.
On 69 minutes the Blues would pull another one back, substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi finishing off a neat passage of play with a composed finish into the bottom corner.
Despite Chelsea piling on the pressure in search of the equaliser, the Baggies defended resolutely and looked to be on the verge of sealing their first win of the season as the game entered its dying stages. However, three minutes into injury time Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham pounced on a parried Mason Mount shot to tap home from close range and break the Baggies hearts.
Speaking afterwards Blues boss Lampard reckons the game will serve as a ‘big lesson’ for his new-look side, while the 42-year-old coach was clearly unhappy at the number of defensive mistakes his team made.
“It is two points lost at the end of the day – and that’s no disrespect to West Brom,” Lampard told Sky Sports.
”You come here and you know the transition and any mistakes would be something they would jump on – that and set pieces. You can’t legislate for the mistakes that there were today.
“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. [We lacked] a bit if urgency in the team.
“We created two or three great chances in the first half. I felt we would create more, the only other problem at 3-0 was West Brom were going to protect their lead more. It is a big lesson for us. We will get a lot better, we’re still finding our way with new players and a lack of pre-season. Today is part of the process of getting better.
“There is a lot we can keep getting better at. I’m not going to criticise every part of our game, I think they had three shots on target and got three goals. There were genuine mistakes. There was nothing tactically you can analyse again and again – there were just pure mistakes.”
Next up for Chelsea is a trip to the Tottenham Hotspur stadium to face London rivals Spurs in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday, before they host Crystal Palace in a Premier League clash next Saturday.