Heartbreak For Ajayi As West Brom Bottle 3-Goal Lead To Draw With Chelsea

Semi Ajayi was denied a first win in the Premier League this season as his West Bromwich Albion side gave up a three goal lead to draw with Chelsea at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

The Baggies had taken a shock three goal lead in the first half with Callum Robinson firing home a 4th minute opener before adding a second 21 minutes later when he capitalised on an error from new signing Thiago Silva – captain on his Premier League debut – to beat Willy Caballero who was in for Kepa Arrizabalaga in Chelsea’s goal.

Kyle Bartley then added a scarcely believable third as West Brom, without a win since their return to the topflight ran Chelsea ragged in the first half.

The Blues were shocking in the opening half and Frank Lampard rang the changes in the interval as he sought to jolt his side to life.

Cesar Azpilicueta and Callum Hodson-Odoi entered for the poor Marcos Alonso and the ineffective Mateo Kovacic and the changes proved effective as Hodson-Odoi brought Chelsea to within one of the equaliser after Mason Mount had pulled one back.

While the Baggies had been enterprising and full of attacking verve in the first half, they retreated and were content to soak up the pressure after the break and try to hit the Blues in the counter.

Despite a strong rear guard action marshalled by Ajayi and the impressive Bartley, Chelsea found their equaliser in added time as Tammy Abraham tapped in after Sam Johnstone parried the ball into his path.

There was a hint of a handball in the lead up to the goal with replays suggesting the ball had struck Kai Havertz’s arm before Johnstone parried it, but the goal was given the all-clear by VAR to leave Slaven Bilic fuming and still in search of a first league win this season.