FROM STAMFORD BRIDGE – Chelsea dropped back into the bottom half of the Premier League with a 4-2 defeat at home to Wolves on Sunday.
The Blues were made to look like the away team at Stamford Bridge and will end the week having conceded eight goals in their last two matches, slipping below Wanderers into 11th.
Gary O’Neil’s side were great value for their victory to inflict Chelsea their latest day of infamy.
How the game unfolded
Wolves went close to taking the lead in the opening two minutes, with the visitors twice winning the ball high up the pitch. Pedro Neto forced Djordje Petrovic into a low save before Matheus Cunha’s effort from distance was easily held by the Chelsea goalkeeper.
Straight down the other end, Chelsea forged a great chance of their own. Conor Gallagher’s ball in behind the backline was met by Christopher Nkunku ahead of Jose Sa, but Craig Dawson retreated in time to deny the Frenchman a certain goal with a last-ditch tackle.
The Blues took the lead midway through the first half. All three midfielders combined nicely before Moises Caicedo slipped through Cole Palmer. who slotted home into the far corner over the trailing leg of Sa.
But within minutes, Wolves pulled themselves level. Caicedo was robbed of possession and the visitors broke at pace, with Joao Gomes playing in Cunha, with his strike taking a huge deflection off of Thiago Silva and trickling in.
Just before the break, Wolves went in front. Neto scampered away beyond Ben Chilwell and cut the ball back for Rayan Ait-Nouri, whose shot rolled in via a deflection off of Axel Disasi.
Almost immediately after the restart, Wolves went close to adding a third having again robbed Chelsea of the ball in their own half. Neto held off the advances of Malo Gusto and fired towards goal, only to be denied by the sturdy frame of Petrovic.
Chelsea thought they had found an equaliser soon after. Palmer’s floated ball over the top was knocked back by Chilwell and into the path of Sterling, but he dragged his half-volley wide.
Wolves‘ third goal came just after the hour mark. A loose touch from Enzo Fernandez allowed Neto to run beyond the wily Silva, and he squared it for Cunha to smash home.
A fourth nearly followed when Cunha picked out Pablo Sarabia at the far post, but his half-volley whistled over the bar.
Heading into the final ten minutes, Wolves were awarded a penalty when Gusto felled Cunha from behind. The Brazilian stepped up and sent Petrovic the wrong way to seal his hat-trick.