Wolves condemned Chelsea to a fourth defeat in six league matches on Sunday, profitable 2-1 within the first Premier League match on Christmas Eve since 1995.
Mauricio Pochettino’s males dominated possession at Molineux however squandered possibilities in an incident-filled match suffering from sloppy defensive errors from the visiting aspect.
Wolves seemed to be galloping to victory after targets from Mario Lemina and Matt Doherty however had been made to sweat when Christopher Nkunku pulled one again deep into stoppage time on his Premier League debut.
The defeat leaves Chelsea in tenth place within the Premier League, with Wolves behind them solely on objective distinction.
No workforce has misplaced extra Premier League matches in 2023 than Chelsea’s whole of 19, whereas solely three sides have misplaced extra within the 5 main European competitions in the course of the calendar 12 months.
Pochettino lamented his aspect’s missed possibilities after a irritating afternoon.
“We’re very upset as a result of I believe we deserve much more,” the Argentine advised Sky Sports activities. “This competitors will injure you in case you are not medical sufficient.
“We created alternatives. That is why it is so disappointing. After a couple of turns we gave in and it was actually tough.”
He added: “We talked lots at first of the season. We’re younger in age. It’s a younger workforce. There are gamers who’re taking part in within the league for the primary time. They need to adapt. It is about belief and high quality.”
There have been possibilities on each side early within the match.
Nelson Samedo charged ahead however couldn’t discover Matheus Cunha on the left earlier than Armando Broja met the ball within the penalty space on the different finish when he was nicely positioned.
Chelsea’s Nicolas Jackson was additionally responsible of not benefiting from some good openings.
The guests squandered a golden alternative to take the lead shortly after the half-hour mark when Raheem Sterling caught Joao Gomes in possession 40 yards out and drove dwelling.
The England ahead was one-on-one with Jose Sa, with two teammates on his proper, however he opted to shoot reasonably than cross and the ball was saved by the Wolves goalkeeper.
Wolves had an opportunity to interrupt the impasse within the closing moments of the half when Hwang Hee-chan broke by, however he fired over from an angle.
The house aspect began the second half excellently and took the lead very quickly when Chelsea’s Lesley Ugochukwu deflected Gomes’ shot on the skin of the publish.
However Wolves broke the impasse within the 51st minute when Lemina did not even have to go away the bottom to move in Pablo Sarabia’s nook.
Substitute Nkunku was near the equalizer when his shot was hacked off the road by Toti.
As a substitute, Wolves doubled their lead in stoppage time.
Substitute Hugo Bueno crossed and Chelsea may solely block the ball to the ready Doherty, who calmly completed from shut vary within the 93rd minute.
France worldwide Nkunku pulled one again as he headed dwelling three minutes later, however Gary O’Neil’s aspect held on to take all three factors.
Goalscorer Doherty praised the followers for making a crackling ambiance.
“Our report towards top-six groups is nice,” he mentioned. “We beat most of them right here and there. We’re doing very nicely.”