Lampard refuses to play blame game with Thiago Silva

Carrie Guzman
September 27, 2020

Additionally, at three minutes and 20 seconds, Robinson's was the earliest goal Chelsea have conceded since May 2017, while Silva is the first outfield player to make an error leading to a goal on debut in the Premier League since Issa Diop for West Ham against Arsenal in August 2018.

"But to come here and sort of understand the game and know that transition and mistakes is something they'd try to jump on, counter-attack against us and [use] set-pieces - we spoke about it before the game and you can't legislate for pure mistakes, which they were today".

"You can do as many meetings as you want - if you're going to make those mistakes, you're going to give yourself a mountain to climb", said Lampard, unable to hide his disappointment at two points dropped to their newly-promoted opponents.

"It is two points lost at the end of the day - and that's no disrespect to West Brom".

Chelsea fell 3-0 behind after just 27 minutes and it was partly down to Thiago Silva, who failed to control a simple pass to him allowing Callum Robinson to run through and score West Brom's second goal. [We lacked] a bit if urgency in the team.

"In the first half we made it hard, I had a chance in the first half I should have put away - someone at my level should take those chances", he added.

"I can laud character, because we showed character and persistence, but we didn't need to if we did things properly in the game".

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Marcos Alonso is likely to lose his place at left-back when summer signing Ben Chilwell is fully fit and the Spaniard did his cause little good with a woeful header straight to Matheus Pereira.

But Mason Mount crashed in a delightful long-range effort after the break and substitute Callum Hudson-Odoi's cool low finish following a slick move made it 3-2.

A point seemed impossible after a diabolical first half which saw three of the back four, as well as goalkeeper Willy Caballero, culpable as the Baggies built a 3-0 lead at The Hawthorns.

"The only problem when you're 3-0 down is West Brom are going to seriously protect the lead which means dropping back, frustrating moments and it was about staying patient".

Speaking to BBC Sport after Saturday's game, Lampard said: "We have two big games coming up against Tottenham and Crystal Palace".

"We will get a lot better, we're still finding our way with new players and a lack of pre-season".

"You can't legislate for pure mistakes which is what it was today, then it gives you a very hard game to get back in".

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