Romelu Lukaku branded ‘a big lump’ by Wolves manager after Chelsea threw away the lead

Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea threw away a two-goal lead on Saturday afternoon after Wolves scored late goals to earn an unlikely 2-2 Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge

Romelu Lukaku was branded as a "big lump" by Wolves trainer Tony Roberts
Romelu Lukaku has been branded a ‘big lump’ by Wolves manager Tony Roberts

Wolves goalkeeping coach Tony Roberts questioned the referee’s decision to award a penalty in his team’s 2-2 draw with Chelsea on Saturday.

Peter Banks awarded a penalty when Blues forward Romelu Lukaku was fouled by Romain Saiss. The referee didn’t initially point to the spot but changed his mind after the VAR official advised him to follow the incident on a monitor at Stamford Bridge.

Lukaku converted the penalty before adding a second moment later with a first try. A superb strike from substitute Francisco Trincao halved the deficit before a last-minute header from captain Conor Coady saved a point for Wolves.

Although Roberts was happy to pick up an unlikely point at Stamford Bridge, he was not happy with Banks’ decision to miss a penalty. “He’s a big lump, isn’t he,” Roberts said in his post-game interview. “I’m not sure if he goes down.”

Roberts came in for Wolves boss Bruno Lage, who missed the game after signing Covid. The 52-year-old, who had two senior caps for Wales, joined the West Midlands in October and is also his country’s goalkeeping coach.

“We came back to take the point but we’re disappointed not to have won it,” added Roberts. “We had chances in the first half from set pieces but this group has a great spirit so we came back 0-2 here, what a result.

Romelu Lukaku scored twice for Chelsea against Wolves on Saturday afternoon


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“Great goal by Trincao. We see that every day in training, he just needs to do it more often in games. Tomas Oliveira came on and the ball he put in for the last goal was great. What a cross! The three that came on had speed and attacked them.

“We deserved the point. Bruno Lage was in contact and we chatted via Zoom at half-time. He’s very happy, as you can imagine, but also disappointed that we didn’t get the three points

“We want to get as high as possible. We have three tough games. We want to go to Europe again and experience it again. We have a big game on Wednesday so we need that hard work and experience to go again. “

Saturday’s result keeps Chelsea third in the Premier League, five points ahead of Tottenham in fifth place. Wolves, meanwhile, are eighth – two points behind West Ham in seventh – their last European spot (Europa Conference League qualifiers).

Commenting on his equalizer, Coady said, “First and foremost, an incredible feeling. An incredible feeling to do it before our away game and an incredible feeling to equalize. I think mainly scoring a goal in injury time to equalize or win a game in a really tough game.

“It was hard work but I actually feel like we deserved more from the game. A point was the least we deserved and we stopped what little bit of rot we were in, that have we’ve done and we want to move.” now forward.”

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