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West Bromwich Albion 3-3 Chelsea: Tammy Abraham scores stoppage-time equaliser

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Callum Robinson’s previous Premier League goal before this game was against Chelsea for Sheffield United in August 2019

Tammy Abraham scored a stoppage-time equaliser to complete an incredible comeback and rescue a point for Chelsea 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.

A mistake by Marcos Alonso led to the hosts’ first, Matheus Pereira feeding Callum Robinson to produce a classy finish past Willy Caballero, who was starting in place of dropped £71m keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Thiago Silva, who was making his Premier League debut for Chelsea, was then too casual in possession, allowing Robinson to pounce and run at goal before doubling the lead with another impressive finish.

Remarkably, it was quickly 3-0 as Kyle Bartley was left unmarked to tap home inside the six-yard box after the visitors failed to deal with a corner.

But Frank Lampard’s side rallied after the break and Mason Mount reduced the deficit from 20 yards.

Substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi set up a tense finale with a stylish finish, before Abraham, making his first top-flight start of the season, tapped home the equaliser in the 93rd minute after Mount’s shot had been saved.

Although West Brom boss Slaven Bilic was unhappy the goal stood because of a Havertz handball in the build-up.

He said: “It’s not maybe handball – it is handball. It’s so obvious I don’t even want to talk about it.”

Mixed feelings for Lampard

Blues boss Frank Lampard looked furious slumped in his seat in the dugout after sending his players out early for the start of the second half following a horrific defensive display.

Having been handed the captain’s armband on his first Premier League appearance since arriving on a free transfer, this was supposed to be a day to remember for 36-year-old Brazil centre-back Silva.

Instead, his mistake allowed Robinson to get his second after the former Sheffield United forward had broken the deadlock following Alonso’s careless header.

It went from bad to worse when no-one picked up defender Bartley to make it 3-0, before Chelsea finally got a grip thanks to goals from three homegrown players.

Since the start of last season, Chelsea have conceded more away Premier League goals than any other team but as bad as they were at the back, Lampard’s side were always a threat going forward.

Chelsea's Thiago Silva reacts after West Brom score against his side in the Premier League
Thiago Silva is the first outfield player to make an error leading to a goal on their Premier League debut since Issa Diop for West Ham against Arsenal in 2018

Timo Werner had already hit the bar when Baggies keeper Sam Johnstone was left rooted to his line by Mount’s finish, which launched the comeback.

Hudson-Odoi’s classy finish left West Brom a bag of nerves, although it took until the third minute of stoppage time for Abraham to equalise.

Despite spending £200m-plus on strengthening his squad, Lampard still has work to do if Chelsea are to claim another top-four finish.

Having lost against champions Liverpool last weekend, they have dropped five points in their past two games and looked a mess during a shambolic first 45 minutes.

Baggies let it slip

This was a case of so near yet so far for West Brom, who are still searching for a first win since returning to the Premier League.

They have conceded 11 goals in 270 minutes of top-flight action – but when the dust settles Slaven Bilic will surely seize on the positives from this incident-packed encounter.

Robinson showed excellent composure for both his finishes, while Pereira has been directly involved in three of West Brom’s five Premier League goals this season.

After following up his goal and assist at Everton last week, the Brazilian provided the pass for Robinson’s first goal.

Abraham’s late equaliser will hurt but if Bilic can tighten up his defence, the Baggies could give themselves a fighting chance this season after showing they have the ammunition to cause problems in attack.

‘We knew second half would be hard’ – what they said

West Brom boss Slaven Bilic: “We played the game we wanted to play. You can’t plan you are going to outclass them but you can outrun them, have the right determination and concentration, make them make mistakes and punish them.

“We knew the second half was going to be hard for us. We knew we would have to defend as a team quite deep and the plan was to limit them to shots outside the box.

“It’s disappointing as the boys did well enough to get all three points.”

One of the best Premier League comebacks? The stats

  • Chelsea are the first Premier League team since West Ham in February 2011 to avoid defeat after trailing by three or more goals at half-time, a game which was also against West Brom at The Hawthorns and also ended 3-3.
  • West Brom are the first English top-flight side to concede 11 goals in their opening three league games since Arsenal in 1963-64 (12).
  • Chelsea have failed to keep a clean sheet in 20 of their 21 Premier League away games under Lampard.
  • Robinson’s four goal involvements in the Premier League have all come against ‘big six’ sides, scoring three times against Chelsea and providing an assist versus Manchester United.
  • Chelsea were 3-0 down after 27 minutes against West Brom – only against Manchester City in February 2019 (19 minutes) have they been three goals down earlier in a Premier League match.
  • Silva is the first outfield player to make an error leading to a goal on their Premier League debut since Issa Diop for West Ham against Arsenal in August 2018.

What’s next?

While West Brom have a week to prepare for a league game at Southampton on 4 October (12:00 BST), Chelsea are away to Tottenham in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday (19:45).

Player of the match

RobinsonCallum Robinson

West Bromwich Albion

  1. Squad number7Player nameRobinson

  2. Squad number12Player nameMatheus Pereira

  3. Squad number11Player nameDiangana

  4. Squad number6Player nameSemi Ajayi

  5. Squad number5Player nameBartley

  6. Squad number8Player nameLivermore

  7. Squad number27Player nameO’Shea

  8. Squad number14Player nameTownsend

  9. Squad number2Player nameFurlong

  10. Squad number19Player nameSawyers

  11. Squad number4Player nameRobson-Kanu

  12. Squad number1Player nameJohnstone

  13. Squad number28Player nameField

  14. Squad number10Player namePhillips

Chelsea

  1. Squad number20Player nameHudson-Odoi

  2. Squad number19Player nameMount

  3. Squad number9Player nameAbraham

  4. Squad number29Player nameHavertz

  5. Squad number28Player nameAzpilicueta

  6. Squad number7Player nameKanté

  7. Squad number11Player nameWerner

  8. Squad number18Player nameGiroud

  9. Squad number24Player nameJames

  10. Squad number17Player nameKovacic

  11. Squad number4Player nameChristensen

  12. Squad number13Player nameCaballero

  13. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva

  14. Squad number3Player nameAlonso

Line-ups

West Brom

  • 1Johnstone
  • 2FurlongBooked at 82mins
  • 6Ajayi
  • 5Bartley
  • 27O’Shea
  • 14Townsend
  • 12Costa PereiraSubstituted forFieldat 90+1′minutes
  • 8Livermore
  • 19Sawyers
  • 11DianganaSubstituted forPhillipsat 74′minutes
  • 7RobinsonSubstituted forRobson-Kanuat 66′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Robson-Kanu
  • 10Phillips
  • 16Harper
  • 21Edwards
  • 24Kipré
  • 25Button
  • 28Field

Chelsea

  • 13Caballero
  • 24JamesBooked at 27mins
  • 4ChristensenBooked at 86mins
  • 6Thiago SilvaSubstituted forGiroudat 73′minutes
  • 3AlonsoBooked at 8minsSubstituted forAzpilicuetaat 45′minutes
  • 7Kanté
  • 17KovacicSubstituted forHudson-Odoiat 45′minutes
  • 19Mount
  • 29Havertz
  • 11Werner
  • 9Abraham

Substitutes

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 5Jorginho
  • 8Barkley
  • 14Tomori
  • 18Giroud
  • 20Hudson-Odoi
  • 28Azpilicueta

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