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Wolves 2-5 Chelsea: Tammy Abraham hat trick ensure three points for Lampard side at Molineux

Abraham took his tally to seven in three games as he fired his team into a four-goal lead after an opener by Fikayo Tomori. It was a perfect response to his omission from the England squad.

Further proof that he simply cannot stop scoring came when he was also credited with the first Wolves goal because the ball was pushed onto his right hand and diverted into the net by Kepa Arrizabalaga as he saved a header from Romain Saiss. Patrick Cutrone pounced to make it 4-2 before Mason Mount scored a fifth in stoppage time for the visitors.

Chelsea’s first 11 goals of the Premier League have been scored by academy graduates which will provide encouragement for Frank Lampard.

This was a big win for him and his team and he may have found a formation which offers them the right balance. Lampard made four changes to the team which drew against Sheffield United on its last outing and switched formation with Antonio Rudiger, Marcos Alonso and Willian in for their first starts of the season.

Andreas Christensen returned in the center of a back-three. Chelsea soon looked more solid but for half-an-hour created very little.

Wolves dominated the early possession without creating very much either and then a burst of three goals inside 10 towards the end of the first half punished their complacent defending.

The opener was conjured from a most unexpected source. Mount was tackled by Diogo Jota on the Chelsea right and there appeared to be little threat as the loose ball rolled in-field.

At least until Tomori strode forward and wrapped his right foot around it and produced a swerving shot which bamboozled Rui Patricio who somehow misjudged the flight and shuffled the wrong way along his line until he was in a position from which he was unable to recover.

The ball curled away from Patricio’s hopeless dive and the top corner and Tomori celebrated his first Chelsea goal. The 21-year-old central defender started the move for the second, three minutes later, advancing with the ball and finding Mount, who jinked into the penalty area until his run was ended by a Jesus Vallejo.

Wolves reduced the deficit and finally stirred. Cutrone scored his first for the club to make it 4-2, forcing in a rebound after Kepa denied Doherty and Mount completed the scoring. There is still no clean sheet for Lampard and Rudiger was forced off at half-time which will be a concern but this was his most convincing victory since taking charge at Stamford Bridge.

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