Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham scored a stoppage-time equaliser to complete a remarkable comeback and rescue a point for the blues at West Bromwich Albion after they had trailed 3-0 at half-time.
In a thrilling match, West Brom looked to be heading for their first win back in the Premier League after racing into a commanding lead inside the opening 30 minutes at The Hawthorns. However, Frank Lampard’s side fought back and rescued a point after three second-half goals.
Frank Lampard made three changes to the side that lost to Liverpool last time out in the league. Thiago Silva captained the blues on his premier league debut as Lampard returned to the 4-2-3-1 formation with N’golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic as the double pivot supporting Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham in attack.
An embarrassing first half performance for the blues saw them 3-0 down at the break at the Hawthorns to Slaven Bilic’s West Bromwich Albion side. Goals from Callum Robinson(2) and Kyle Bartley saw the baggies close to clinching their first points of the season and give the blues back-to-back league defeats. However, a surging second half performance saw the blues salvage a draw through goals from academy graduates Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham.
West Brom took the lead early after a dreadful Alonso header fell to the feet of Callum Robinson who scored on 3 minutes. Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner then missed guilt edge chances for Chelsea which were punished soon after by a ruthless baggies side. A Steven Gerrard replica slip by Thiago Silva allowed Callum Robinson in for his second goal of the night and the blues misery was compiled by a poorly marked corner than was headed home by centre-back Kyle Bartley.
Chelsea started the second half by making two changes, bringing on Cesar Azpilicueta and Callum Hudson-Odoi for Marcos Alonso and Mateo Kovacic. This immediately improved the performance and saw the blues dominate the game more. Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi scored two fantastic goals as the blues started the comeback. A stoppage time equaliser from Tammy Abraham, after a saved Mason Mount strike was parried by shot stopper Sam Johnstone, saw the blues save some of the embarrassment from the first half. The game will be viewed by many as 2 points dropped but after the mistakes that were made in the first half, the fight showed by Frank Lampard’s blues will stand them in good stead for the rest of the season.
West Brom (3-4-3): Johnstone; Ajayi, Bartley, O’shea; Furlong, Livermore, Sawyers, Townsend; Pereira (Field), Robinson (Robson-Kanu), Diangana (Phillips)
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Caballero; James, Christensen, Silva (Giroud), Alonso; Kante, Kovacic (Hudson-Odoi); Mount, Havertz, Werner, Abraham