October 31, 2020

Chelsea 3 Southampton 3: Kepa howler and injury-time goal see Blues throw away two-goal lead

Chelsea 3 Southampton 3: Kepa howler and injury-time goal see Blues throw away two-goal lead

CHELSEA drew with Southampton this afternoon and they only have themselves to blame.

Chelsea should have been high and dry by half time having had the lion share of the play and they were bossing the game.

Timo Werner found the bottom corner after a mazy dribble for the opener

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Timo Werner found the bottom corner after a mazy dribble for the openerCredit: Simon Dael – The Times

Lampard’s team of attacking prowess proved their worth in the opening half an hour after they went 2-0 up.

Southampton were left fearing the worst after an emphatic start from the Blues.

But Chelsea’s Achilles heel at the back bubbled over once again and it will be their players with the fear tonight.



Chelsea should have taken the lead inside three minutes if not for a terrific double save from McCarthy in the Southampton net, keeping out Ben Chilwell first, and then Kai Havertz.

Kepa then saved with his foot from Adams not long after as Southampton’s high press caused Chelsea some issues.

But their small threat was short-lived as Timo Werner got his goal and put Chelsea into a deserved lead after he cruised though three Southampton defenders to get his shot off.

Chelsea should have got their second after failing to convert a scrappy moment inside the Saints box, but their second goal was not far behind.

It was Werner again to put them 2-0 up after a lovely long ball from Jorginho over the top, and the German showed his devastating pace in behind.

It was all Chelsea, with Chilwell getting a lot of joy down the left hand side.

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Zouma had a header beaten away by McCarthy, and then there was a half-chance for Werner to grab a first half hat-trick.

Werner lofted the ball over the onrushing Alex McCarthy before tapping into an empty net for Chelsea's second

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Werner lofted the ball over the onrushing Alex McCarthy before tapping into an empty net for Chelsea’s secondCredit: Jamie McPhilimey – The Sun
Ings rounded Kepa to make it 2-1

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Ings rounded Kepa to make it 2-1Credit: Getty – Pool

But from absolutely nowhere Southampton pulled a goal back after Havertz was ganged up on and lost possession, Che Adams then put Danny Ings through on goal to round Kepa and hand them a lifeline right before the break.

Chelsea came out in the second half and often looked edgy.

Ings had a decent long-range shot on 53 minutes that almost troubled Kepa.

This sparked a bit more pressure from Southampton and they sensed another goal.

They were handed one on 56 minutes, when comical errors from both Zouma and Kepa at the back gifted Adams the chance to equalise.

Kepa got himself into a mess for Southampton's equaliser and Adams thumped the ball home

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Kepa got himself into a mess for Southampton’s equaliser and Adams thumped the ball homeCredit: Jamie McPhilimey – The Sun

But Chelsea’s attacking quality cancelled that out right away after Havertz scored via some nice interplay between Pulisic and Werner.

The story wasn’t finished there; Southampton continued to come at Chelsea and actually had the better of the second half.

They deservedly got their second equaliser to draw the match after Walcott put his shot through the crowd and Jannik Vestergaard diverted the ball into the net.

Chelsea will be seething, and rightly so. Questions will be asked, and rightly so.

This is déjà vu in the Frank Lampard era so far, and people will be running out of excuses for him soon.

Jannik Vestergaard's 92nd minute equaliser made it 3-3

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Jannik Vestergaard’s 92nd minute equaliser made it 3-3
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