Chelsea lost their second game in three days as they succumbed to a last-gasp 2-1 defeat to Wolves.
Its was a slow and relatively uneventful first 45 minutes at Molineux, though Kurt Zouma was an inch or two from giving his side the lead, the Frenchman rising highest from a corner in what is becoming trademark fashion only to see his header come back off the bar.
Chelsea did however start the second half brightly, and they took the lead with their first shot on target just four minutes after the restart. Olivier Giroud met Ben Chilwell’s cross with a thumping volley, and while Rui Patricio got something to it, the ball squirmed under his body and just crossed the line before the Portuguese ‘keeper could claw it away.
The opener sparked Wolves into life, however, and in the 66th minute, Frank Lampard’s side made a mess of clearing a corner, the ball dropping at the feet of Daniel Podence before the diminutive forward shifted the ball onto his right foot and fired past Edouard Mendy in the Blues goal, the strike taking a deflection off Reece James on its way in.
Wolves were awarded a penalty with little over 10 minutes to play after Pedro Neto looked to have been clipped by James on his way into the box, though the decision was overturned as replays showed there to be no contact on the 20-year-old, much to his frustration.
Pedro Neto's game by numbers against Chelsea:
10 total duels contested
7 duels won
4 fouls won (most)
2 shots on target
2 chances created
2 final third entries
2 take-ons completed
Not bad for the 20-year old. 👏 pic.twitter.com/FKUtaAtWvH
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 15, 2020
He would, however, have the last laugh in the fifth minute of added time, leading a Wolves breakaway from the edge of their penalty box, driving his way into the area, and firing a drilled effort across Mendy in the Blues goal and into the bottom corner.
Speaking after the game, Frank Lampard suggested that perhaps his side were overconfident following the recent hype about their start to the season.
“Very [disappointed]. We should see the game out at 1-0,” he told Amazon.
“If you’re not playing well, don’t allow counter attacks and we did.
“Performance is what gives you results. We were playing very well [recently] and maybe the lads think ‘we’re playing well’. When you think you’re playing well, things like this happen.
“This is the Premier League. If you don’t perform you lose games.”
The result saw Chelsea miss the chance to briefly go top of the table, and next up for the west Londoners taking on an in-form West Ham at Stamford Bridge.