Wolves Hit back To Stun Chelsea  (Sky Sports)

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2  Chelsea 1

Diogo JotaWolves ended a run of six straight Premier League defeats by coming from a goal down to beat Chelsea 2-1 at Molineux on Wednesday evening.

The hosts found themselves behind in unfortunate circumstances when Conor Coady inadvertently diverted Ruben Loftus-Cheek's shot past Rui Patricio in the 18th minute.

However, Nuno Espirito Santo's side roared back after the break as Raul Jimenez (59) brought them level before Diogo Jota's first Premier League goal soon after (63) secured Wolves a much needed three points.

Victory moves Wolves up to 12th in the Premier League table while Chelsea drop down to fourth following Tottenham's 3-1 win over Southampton at Wembley.

Player ratings

Wolves: Patricio (8), Doherty (7), Bennett (8), Coady (7), Boly (7), Vinagre (7), Saiss (6), Moutinho (7), Jota (7), Gibbs-White (8), Jimenez (7).

Subs: Costa (6), Dendoncker (n/a), Cavaleiro (n/a).

Chelsea: Arrizabalaga (6), Azpilicueta (7), Christensen (6), Rudiger (6), Alonso (6), Fabregas (7), Kante (7), Willian (7), Loftus-Cheek (7), Hazard (6), Morata (5).

Subs: Giroud (6), Pedro (6), Kovacic (6).

Man of the match: Morgan Gibbs-White

Wolves, who had lost their previous six matches heading into the game, were given an early warning of the threat posed by Chelsea when N'Golo Kante's cut-back picked out Eden Hazard in acres of space at the far post. The Belgium international took the shot on first time but could not generate enough power to beat Patricio.

Patricio had no chance of keeping out the visitors' opener though as Coady could only divert Loftus-Cheek's shot into the bottom corner, wrong-footing the Portuguese goalkeeper in the process.

Willian thought he had doubled his side's lead five minutes later but Patricio scrambled across goal to make a superb one-handed save to keep out the Brazilian's free-kick.

Wolves remained a threat on the counter-attack with Morgan Gibbs-White the main danger and the youngster was denied a clear shooting opportunity by a brilliant last-ditch tackle by Cesc Fabregas, before Ryan Bennett produced one of his own at the other end on Willian just before the break.

Team news

Nuno made three changes from the Wolves side that lost 2-1 to Cardiff last Friday. Ryan Bennett, Morgan Gibbs-White and Diogo Jota came in for Helder Costa, Adama Traore and the suspended Ruben Neves.

Chelsea made five changes from the side that beat Fulham last Sunday. David Luiz, Jorginho, Matteo Kovacic, Pedro and Olivier Giroud were replaced by Andreas Christensen, Cesc Fabregas, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Willian and Alvaro Morata.

Despite the scoreline, there were plenty of positives from the first half for Wolves but they could have been further behind but for a brilliant last-ditch tackle from Willy Boly to deny Alvaro Morata.

The visitors were made to pay for that missed opportunity as Wolves scored two goals in four minutes to turn the game on its head.

First, Gibbs-White did well to hold off a couple of challenges before picking out Jimenez, who drilled the ball through Kepa Arrizabalaga and into the back of the net.

Then, Willian lost out to Joao Moutinho, who slid the ball through for Doherty and his low cross was converted at the back post by the unmarked Jota.

Maurizio Sarri threw on Olivier Giroud, Pedro and Mateo Kovacic as he looked for a response from his side but Hazard shot over and Fabregas sliced off target as Chelsea chased an equaliser which never came.

What's next?

Wolves are back in Premier League action on Sunday, live on Renault Super Sunday on Sky Sports Premier League, when they take on Newcastle at St James' Park (4pm).

Up next for Chelsea is a clash against league leaders Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday (5.30pm).


Wolverhampton Wanderers Patricio, Coady (c), Boly, Bennett, Doherty, Moutinho, Saiss, Vinagre, Jota (Cavaleiro 88), Gibbs-White (Costa 72), Jiminez (Dendoncker 82)
Subs Not Used Hause, Bonatini, Ruddy, Traore
Booked Saiss, Moutinho, Coady, Vinagre
Goals Jimenez 59, Jota 63

Chelsea Kepa, Azpilicueta (c), Alonso, Rudiger, Christensen, Fabregas, Kante (Kovacic 77), Loftus-Cheek, Morata, Willian (Pedro 65), Hazard (Giroud 65)
Subs Not Used Caballero, Zappacosta, Luiz, Jorginho
Booked Willian, Giroud, Alonso, Christensen
Goals Loftus-Cheek 18,

Attendance 31,300

Referee Jon Moss

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