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may have left the Hawthorns with a share of the points but Frank Lampard and his players will be rather frustrated with the way his side threw away the game in the first half. The Blues were on top of the hosts but failed to open the scoring before the Baggies punished several Chelsea mistakes to race into a 3-0 lead.
It was a first-half display that saw Lampard drag Mateo Kovacic and Marcos Alonso off at the interval.
His decision was fully justified by his side’s spirited fightback and substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi was a key figure in helping turn the game around.
Speaking at half-time, Sky Sports pundit and Lampard’s cousin Jamie Redknapp was shocked at the displays of N’Golo Kante and Kovacic.
The midfield duo are usually among the first names on the Chelsea team-sheet but both failed to get a grip on proceedings and the Croatian was withdrawn.
“The third goal just shows you how West Brom have been so switched on and Chelsea haven’t.”
Chelsea supporters on Twitter did not seem to agree with Lampard’s decision to take off Kovacic.
The club’s tweet confirming the change received plenty of replies in defence of the former Real Madrid man and many felt there were far worse performances on the field.
Lampard was not afraid to namedrop players during his post-match interview, citing the mistakes of Marcos Alonso and Thiago Silva.