High spending Chelsea came from behind to rescue a 3:3 draw away to West Bromwich Albion in the English Premer League this weekend.
Two first half goals by Callum Robinson and one from Kyle Bartly appeared to have put the results beyond doubt for Wes Brom however a resourceful and rampant Chelsea came back strongly in the second half.
Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham all invoked Chelsea's revival with goals in 55, 70 and 93 minutes to end the match 3:3 - a result that was unsatisfactory for either coaches (Lampard and Billic).
After the match, young coach Frank Lampard came in the firing line of some fans who blamed him for Chelsea's shambolic performance in the first half.
One fan took to twitter to say: "Clearly, 3 goals conceded in the first 30 minutes against Wes Brom, [Frank Lampard] is a joke."
So, was the coach to be blamed?
I have always being of the opinion that players have to stand up and be counted. How do you coach a goalkeeper from conceding the first goal low to Caballero’s right from a save-able shot? Left back Alonso’s hapless header that gifted possession to Wes Brom in the lead up to that goal only sums up how helpless and perhaps blameless coaches can be in such instances.
The second goal was what I put down as an act of Deity as no player is conceivably infallible. Silva’s botched ball control fell kindly to Wes Brom’s predatory striker who raced through to bury the chance with an emphatic finish as Caballero was left counting the cost.
Such blunders just come into sharper focus when they are punished ruthlessly like Wes Brom’s Callum Robinson inflicted on Chelsea (with no mercy).
Vastly experienced Spanish full back Marcus Alonso – whose torrid night was encapsulated by our own Ajayi beating him in a foot race earlier on – should have been protecting his area better for Wes Brom’s 3rd goal as unmarked Bartley sliced home his low drive off an eloquent headed flick-on after a corner kick.
With his team at such a low ebb, Lampard did the only thing any coach could have done in such a scenario: deliver a motivational half time speech to the team and to ring changes.
The changes his made and speech he delivered directly correlated with Chelsea almost snatching victory from the Jaws of defeat but only had to settle for a face-saving 3:3 draw.
The match was a tale of 2 halfs for Chelsea: the 1st in which the team was in disarray, the 2nd in which coach Frank Lampard had to remind his players where they were and why they were there!
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