West Bromwich Albion 3 Chelsea 3 EPL Review 26/09/2020
EPL post-match report – Saturday, September 26, 2020
West Bromwich Albion 3 Chelsea 3
Chelsea come back in dramatic fashion after being 0-3 down
Tammy Abraham's 93rd minute strike put the finishing touches to an incredible come-back for Frank Lampard's Blues after being down by 3 goals to West Bromwich Albion with barely 30 minutes of the game gone.
The first goal at the West Bromwich Albion stadium came very early in the 4th minute as a result of Marcus Alonso's poorly headed clearance that helped Matheus Pereira feed a ball to Callum Robinson which the latter finished wonderfully past Willy Caballero, who was starting in place of the out-of-form keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Prime defensive acquisition Thiago Silva from PSG was next at fault when his callousness allowed Robinson to pounce in on a loose ball and effect another impressive finish to make it 2-0 for the hosts in the 25th minute. with hardly a couple of minutes gone, an unmarked Kyle Bartley tapped a ball in from a corner to give the hosts what seemed like an unassailable lead at the moment.
Going 0-3 down in the break, the Blues rallied after the interval with Timo Werner hitting the bar before Mason Mount's speculative shot from a distance flew into the net leaving Baggies keeper Sam Johnstone rooted to the spot.
1-3 to Chelsea in the 54th minute.
Substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi brought in for Mateo Kovacic at half-time reduced the margin by one more with a classy finish in the 70th minute.
Although by the Blues were all over the hosts by then, they survived a late scare when in a sudden counter-attacking move a shot from Robinson seemed to have hit Kai Havertz's arm inside the box but the potential hand-ball was ignored.
Having already lost their first two matches of the Premier League season, Slaven Bilic's side suddenly seemed to have lost the belief and it looked apparent that Chelsea would get the equalizer although Lampard's men were made to wait till the third minute of injury time.
A fierce drive from Mount saw Johnstone diving to his left to make the save but Tammy Abraham was at hand to tap in from the rebound to bring the curtains down on the most sensational match of this Premier League season.
Slaven Bilic's disappointment aside, Chelsea's defensive frailties has definitely left Lampard worried. The Blues have been especially vulnerable to corners where they have conceded 11 goals from the last 14 corners they have faced.
It's something that desperately needs to change and it is expected that the big signings will reverse this predicament going ahead.
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