Chelsea fought back from 3-0 down to earn a draw at West Brom on Saturday, despite a horrific first-half performance.

Thiago Silva produced a rare howler which cost Chelsea a crucial goal early on, though a second-half fightback saved the day.

The match began with West Brom going ahead after just four minutes when Marcos Alonso lost the ball to Matheus Pereira.

He found Callum Robinson who drilled it across goal, past Willy Caballero and into the bottom corner.

The Blues initially responded well. Tammy Abraham missed a good chance created by Reece James and Timo Werner clipped the crossbar after being set up by Mason Mount.

However, Albion went 2-0 up when Silva let the ball slide under his foot and Robinson stole in to run clear and finish past Caballero.

West Brom were in dreamland during the first half
West Brom were in dreamland during the first half

It was 3-0 after 27 minutes when Darnell Furlong headed Pereira’s corner to Kyle Bartley, who converted from close range.

TV cameras showed Frank Lampard clearly seething on the touchline as his expensively-assembled side collapsed.

By half-time, the shell-shocked Blues were yet to produce a response.

Lampard made two changes at the break, Callum Hudson-Odoi and club captain Cesar Azpilicueta introduced in place of Mateo Kovacic and the struggling Alonso in a bid to restore some order.

Abraham salvaged a point
Abraham salvaged a point

And the reorganised visitors pulled a goal back ten minutes into the second half when Mason Mount drilled into the bottom corner from 25 yards with goalkeeper Sam Johnstone motionless.

The Blues continued to press forward, but West Brom’s defensive block held firm until Hudson-Odoi made it 3-2 with 20 minutes remaining.

England’s young winger swapped passes with Havertz and rolled the ball into the back of the net.

Abraham popped up to save the day, breaking Baggies’ hearts in the third minute of added-time.

Following up from a Mount effort, the 22-year-old tapped in from close range to level the scores and earn a point for his side.

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