Mistakes gave us a mountain to climb, says Chelsea boss Lampard

Ross Houston
September 27, 2020

Slaven Bilic's Baggies got off to the ideal start by taking the lead after just four minutes, Irish worldwide Callum Robinson opening his account for the season by firing a left-footed effort past Willy Caballero from the edge of the area.

And Abraham conceded Chelsea had made life hard for themselves, while lamenting a missed opportunity of his own.

Despite concentrating on tightening up the defence in recent weeks, defender Marcos Alonso made two mistakes that led to goals, while Thiago Silva marked his Premier League debut with an embarrassing error that led to West Brom's second goal.

Chelsea found themselves trailing 3-0 before the half-hour mark after Callum Robinson opened the scoring with an impressive finish past goalkeeper Willy Caballero, who started in place of dropped £71 million goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The prospect of a second successive loss had Lampard visibly fuming on the touchline in the first half, but Chelsea responded with a much-improved display.

Mason Mount and half-time substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi gave the Blues hope with strikes after the break before Tammy Abraham's 93rd minute equaliser earned a draw, but Lampard was still far from pleased.

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.

Chelsea fought back in the second half, capped by Abraham's stoppage-time equalizer, but once again the West London outfit were guilty of the same old defensive failings against Albion, a side many pundits have tipped for an immediate return to the Sky Bet Championship.

Lampard said the fact Chelsea created going forward meant it was an easy message to try and lift his team at the break and is convinced a new-look squad will come good. "But to come here and understand the game, know that transition and mistakes would be something they would jump on. You can't legislate for the mistakes that there were today".

"We need to cut out the mistakes as a team so we don't concede. You can have as many meetings as you want but with those mistakes you give yourself a mountain to climb", Lampard said.

"It brought a bit of urgency, a bit of speed of pass to move it", he added.

"We created two or three great chances in the first half". It is a big lesson for us.

After the game, the England worldwide revealed that Lampard was instrumental at the break and got his players to regroup in the dressing room.

"Part of the process of getting better is accepting things that aren't right in our game today because we lost two points". "The boys deserve credit, they kept going". There were genuine mistakes. There was nothing tactically you can analyse.

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