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Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Chelsea, Premier League: Post-match reaction, ratings

Bah, humbug

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea FC - Premier League Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Contrary to many early Sunday kick-offs, Chelsea started brightly on this early Christmas Eve(!) Sunday kick-off, and we could’ve easily scored inside of five minutes. But Armando Broja couldn’t take advantage after a pass from Raheem Sterling. And just to make him feel better about it, Nico Jackson then wasted an even better pass from Raheem Sterling ... and then Raheem Sterling himself wasted an even better opportunity, a literal 3-on-none.

After those pretty good opening 30 minutes or so, but without affecting the scoreboard, as it usually happens, the home side came into the match. And not only did they come into the game, they started dominating proceedings — and offering a particular threat on set pieces. But Chelsea were still able to get into half-time without conceding.

The second half began with back-to-back giveaways from out central defensive pairing, and while we survived those, they set the tone for what was to come. Soon after, Wolves made one of their million corners count ... and Mario Lemina didn’t even have to jump! More shocking defending on set pieces from Chelsea.

We offered some response to going behind, but Christopher Nkunku saw an effort cleared off the line and Sterling could only draw a miracle block from Craig Dawson that resulted in an injury to himself but prevented a goal.

But beyond that, I’m not sure we had the quality of execution on this day to score even if we had twice 90 minutes let alone just one. Wolves got a cheap second in stoppage time off a counter just to make sure ... and that became important when Nkunku finished off a good ball from Sterling halfway through the 11(!) minutes of added-on time. And that made the two silly goals we gave away even more frustrating.


  • Caicedo illness forces Ugochukwu into action. He lasts barely an hour before his hamstring gives way.
  • Back-three for the last ten minutes (plus stoppage time), with all sorts of changes up top that only resulted in very little coherent play
  • First goal for Christo; hopefully many more to come
  • Palmer, Sterling to miss next game by picking up more needless yellows
  • Next up: Crystal Palace at home on Wednesday


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