Chelsea suffered their second successive defeat against Wolves and lost the opportunity to grip their hold on a top four spot. The Blues were guilty of giving away balls cheaply and not creating any clear-cut chances as Wolves scored the winner deep into stoppage time to hand Chelsea their third defeat of the season. Having invested over 250£m in the summer, Frank Lampard was left in despair to see his forwards put in an appalling performance.
The opening minutes of the first half saw Chelsea and Wolves getting opportunities to go forward, but neither of them troubled the opposite goalkeeper. The first chance of the game fell Chelsea’s way as an unmarked Giroud headed over from the edge of the six-yard box after connecting with Chilwell’s cross.
Chelsea’s overloading on the left flank caused a lot of trouble for Semedo, but the Blues couldn’t break past a solid Wolves defence, who countered on every possible opportunity. The visitors were unlucky to not go ahead after Zouma’s powerful header from a corner cannoned off the crossbar, as the half ended with Chelsea not registering a single shot on target.
Chelsea opened the scoring within five minutes of the second half through Giroud, whose first time shot from a Chilwell cross crawled over the line after Rui Patricio failed to save it. The game opened a bit after the opening goal as Wolves started pushing forward in search of an equaliser.
The hosts equalised in the 66th minute after Podence shimmied twice to beat Chilwell and James, and then beat Mendy at his near post with his shot. Chelsea’s expensive forward line couldn’t muster any chances as Wolves looked threatening with every counterattack. Wolves were denied a penalty by VAR after Neto went down in the box while being challenged by Reece James, and the replays suggested there was no contact from the Chelsea defender.
Chelsea’s search for a winner in the stoppage time was punished by Neto as the forward burst past Zouma to gain a yard’s space to shoot low and hard across the face of the goal into the far corner to win it for Wolves.
Speaking after the defeat, Lampard said “We could have managed the game and keep the difference. But when they scored we tried to come back straight away, and by trying to win the game we conceded many counterattacks. What’s happened these last two games is not what we want, and we need to get back to winning ways against West Ham next game.”
“At 1-0 we should see the game out. If you’re not playing that well, which we weren’t tonight, hang on to 1-0. Control the game. Don’t allow counter-attacks. And we did. Performance is what gives you results, and we had a long run of good performances but maybe the lads think we’re playing well, and when you think you’re playing well this is what happens.”