Frank Lampard identifies key mistake that cost Chelsea in Wolves defeat

Frank Lampard bemoaned his Chelsea side's ability to stop the counter-attack as they succumbed to a stoppage-time 2-1 defeat against Wolves.

The Blues travelled to Molineux looking to bounce back from the defeat at Everton that ended their long unbeaten record.

And they looked to be on the right track when Olivier Giroud opened the scoring in second-half with an instinctive volley that crept over the line.

However, the game turned when Daniel Podence equalised for the hosts with a stunning individual strike that beat Edouard Mendy at his near post.

Wolves then had a penalty overturned by VAR, before Pedro Neto broke in the final seconds of the game to score the winner.

The loss signalled more dropped points, as they spurned another chance to return to the Premier League summit.

Following the defeat, Lampard claimed his players failed to manage the game, allowing Wolves' attacking players to bring them back into it.

"At 1-0 we should see the game out," Lampard told BT Sport. "If you’re not playing that well, which we weren’t tonight, hang on to 1-0. Control the game. Don’t allow counter-attacks. And we did."

Asked what has caused their sudden downturn in form, he added: "Performance. Performance is what gives you results, and we had a long run of good performances but maybe the lads think we’re playing well, and when you think you’re playing well this is what happens.

This is the Premier League and if you don’t perform, you lose games."

Meanwhile, Nuno Espirito Santo praised his squad for bouncing back to conceding the opener, just days after they suffered their own slice of last minute misfortune against local rivals Aston Villa.

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"We reacted well. All the game I think we’re always in the game. Well organised. I think second half we played really good," he told reporters.

"I think in the first half the game was very tight, Chelsea had the ball but we were organised. 

"We didn’t start the second half well. We conceded a goal, but the boys believed the game was there to be competitive, and we did well. We were really disappointed three days ago, football is until the last minute. It can happen to any team. 

"We had a big disappointment against Villa and we reacted well. Now we’re going to think about the next one. It’s too bad the fans are not here to celebrate with us today."

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