Scoreless draws in the previous two encounters with Wolverhampton Wanderers

Two goals early in the second half from the returning Romelu Lukaku looked to have tightened Chelsea’s grip on a Champions League qualification slot but to immense frustration at Stamford Bridge, our opponents struck back late in the game with the leveller coming in the final minute of added time.

After scoreless draws in the previous two encounters with Wolverhampton Wanderers, the first 45 minutes of this Saturday afternoon meeting at Stamford Bridge yielded no goals either, although the Blues twice had the ball in the Shed End net, only for a controversial decision to award a foul and then a VAR call for offside to rule out Timo Werner and Ruben Loftus-Cheek goals.

Wolves wasted their chances on the break before the interval and then went behind soon after the start of what proved a lively second period. Having been fouled, Lukaku converted a penalty and then scored in open play two minutes later from a Christian Pulisic pass for his first league goals since December.

Those looked to have done the job but Francisco Trincao pulled one back late in the game and then had another shot deflected just wide to jangle the home fans’ nerves further. Those fears were realised when with 96 minutes on the clock, Conor Coady headed in from close range to turn three precious points for Chelsea into one.

Defensive frailties mean there is still work to do in our remaining three games of the league season.

The selection

Having studied his squad in what he described as a week of raised-intensity training, Thomas Tuchel made three changes from the defeat at Everton. Two of those were in attack where Romelu Lukaku and Christian Pulisic came in for Kai Havertz and Mason Mount. The other was an enforced one in midfield with Mateo Kovacic replacing the injured Jorginho, as he had done at half-time last Sunday.

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