Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Nuno Espirito has set down a challenge to his team to “Maintain these standards” after he watched side throw the form book out of the window to come from behind and defeat Chelsea 2-1 at the Molineux Stadium last night. The win was their first in the last seven premier league games a run that goes back to October 6th against Crystal Palace.
Chelsea had taken the lead in the 18th minute when Wolves captain Conor Coady headed Ruben Loftus-Cheeks (pictured) shot into his own net as the visitors dominated the first half. It was a lead they could have easily extended but for N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger both failing to take their opportunities and missing the target, while Willian’s free kick was tipped over the bar in an excellent save from Wolves keeper Rui Patricio.
The away side continued to pressure the home goal, early in the second half and could have felt hard done by when referee Moss, waved away what looked like a clear penalty with Willy Boly’s challenge preventing Alvaro Morata from tapping in Loftus cheeks low cross into the box.
Despite all the pressure it was a four minute spell mid way through the second half that turned the game in Wolves favour, Raul Jimenez sending his low strike under Kepa Arrizabalaga to level the scores with their first shot on target in the game. Minutes later and the home side where in the lead as the Chelsea players contested a tackle on Willian by Joao Moutinho, Moss waved play on and Moutinho and Matt Doherty combined to set up Diogo Jota at the back post for his first Premier League goal.
The result see’s Chelsea drop out of the top three but stay in fourth above Arsenal on goal difference as they prepare to welcome league leaders Manchester City to Stamford bridge at the weekend, while Wolves who have moved up to 12th in the table, only 4 points adrift of Everton in 6th spot will travel to the North East to take on Newcastle.
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