Chelsea threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with newly promoted Sheffield United on Saturday, leaving Frank Lampard still looking for his first home win as manager of the Blues, and for ways to stop leaking goals.
The Blues striker Tammy Abraham scored both goals for Chelsea.Abraham, slotted home in the 19th minute when Sheffield keeper Dean Henderson failed to gather the ball under pressure from Christian Pulisic.
Abraham doubled Chelsea’s lead in the 43rd minute when he capitalised on a defensive mix-up, seemingly putting the Blues on course for a second win of the season.
But the visitors, back in the Premier League for the first time since 2007, struck back immediately after half-time when defender Enda Stevens stormed down the wing and swung in a cross that Callum Robinson converted with a glanced shot.
Chelsea, who conceded two equalisers away to Norwich City last weekend before eventually winning 3-2, looked increasingly nervous and the Blades could have equalised before Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma scored an own goal from a Robinson cross in the 89th minute.
But Lampard, Chelsea’s all-time top scorer as a player, refused to blame his backline, saying the team as a whole lacked concentration.
“I am confident and trust completely the four centre backs we have,” Lampard said. “We are just in a moment now where we obviously need to stop conceding goals.”
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