There was as much to lament as admire about this gutsy performance against the best team in the land.
The Premier League leaders were pushed and pulled for an hour, but as great teams do they absorbed the punishment and ultimately cantered over the finish line.
George Saville could have altered the course but squandered the game’s clearest opportunity to give Wolves an invaluable foothold.
The former Chelsea man typified the collective efforts of his side – industrious and committed but wasteful and ultimately found lacking in the end.
Paul Lambert set Wolves up bravely, playing a high line and keeping their illustrious opponents boxed in for much of the first half.
He’ll be disappointed that the quality of the balls into the box were repeatedly so poor with Costa and Coady in particular often failing to beat the first man.
Equally the wide players might point the finger at those in the middle for not making the runs or finding enough space to make the most of the opportunities.
That’s three home defeats in a row in which Wolves haven’t even managed to score, again begging the question why we didn’t recruit a striker last month?
Jon Dadi Bodvarsson was much improved yesterday, making the ball stick effectively and finding those pockets of space to turn and run.
But he didn’t get on the end of a single cross and that must be a concern for both Lambert and the big forward himself.
It’s always said strikers shouldn’t worry about not scoring if they’re getting in the positions to miss chances but the Icelander is failing on both counts.
Diego Costa barely touched the ball but still found himself ideally positioned to sweep home a loose ball to kill the game. That’s what goalscorers do.
Chelsea’s opener was more skilfully worked with Pedro smelling blood after Coady was caught downfield, timing his run beautifully to head home a perfectly weighted cross.
Much has been made of their wing back system and in that instance it worked beautifully, pulling the Wolves defence in and leaving oceans of space at the back post.
Victor Moses continually profited too with inch perfect balls pinged out wide from Cesc Fabregas who was probably the standout performer for the Champions-elect.
Credit to Batth and in particular Hause who were both faultless for the defeat. The latter must surely be in line for a more regular start?
It’s Birmingham next as the focus of the season shifts back to one crystal clear objective – staying up.
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