Tammy Abraham’s dig after jeers – Moments you missed from Wolves 2-5 Chelsea
A Tammy Abraham inspired Chelsea inflicted Wolverhampton Wanderers’ heaviest defeat under Nuno Espirito Santo.
Molineux was celebrating its 130th anniversary but Abraham, who came close to joining Wolves in January, rained all over the parade.
The striker scored a hat-trick as Chelsea romped to a 5-2 victory at Molineux with Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount notching the others.
An own goal from Abraham and Patrick Cutrone’s first Wolves goal acted as two second half consolations for Wolves.
Here are the moments you might have missed:
Coady’s call to arms
Captain Conor Coady offered his teammates plenty of words of wisdom before their match at Everton last time out. He then, rather uncharacteristically, gifted the Toffees the lead after five minutes.
The Wolves players are usually fairly relaxed in the tunnel beforehand but there were a few twitches as the players were waiting to come out.
And with the starting XI huddled around him before kick-off Coady was shouting out instructions. Pressure isn’t something footballers readily admit to but Wolves look like a team under plenty of it when their kit adorns the Premier League logo at weekends.
Jeers for Tammy
Some called it but it was slightly strange to hear Wolves fans jeering the first time Abraham picked the ball up.
Abraham, 21, had the chance to sign for Wolves in January but rejected the opportunity in order to remain at local rivals Aston Villa and fire them to promotion.
There was a big deal made about it at the time and Abraham appeared ready to cut short his loan spell at Villa Park and drive a few junctions up the M6 to Molineux but his close pal, Villa captain Jack Grealish, and Dean Smith managed to talk him out of it.
Abraham spoke at length about the proposed transfer at the end of last season. He said: “I had that situation in January when it looked like I was going to Wolves but the coach (Smith) spoke to me. He said: ‘Stay here, we believe in you, the fans believe in you and we’ll get promoted.’ I’m glad I did.”
By the end of the game he was public enemy number one in Wolverhampton.
A tribute to Charlie
Molineux rose on eight minutes to pay tribute to one of its own, Charlie Goodwin, who tragically passed away last week.
Little Charlie was a huge Wolves fan and attended matches at Molineux with his dad Steve.
Boos at HT
Negativity at Molineux has been non-existent under Nuno but with Wolves 3-0 down and putting in their most hapless display since the Portuguese took charge, there was some anger directed towards the players at the half-time whistle.
The goals Wolves conceded were all of their own making with Rui Patricio and captain Coady particularly sloppy.
A 15 minute break was the perfect remedy for supporters who put their frustrations to one side and roared their team on after the restart. And they applauded at full-time having watched Wolves improve after the break.
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Tammy bites back
Wolves fans reacted furiously as an injury to Abraham ended one of their attacks in the second half, with paper aeroplanes hurled towards the striker.
He continued to get an earful after picking himself and making his way to the bench to be replaced by Michy Batshuayi, but he gave as good as he got.
With the score 4-1 at the time, Abraham stuck four fingers up at fans in the Billy Wright Stand as he walked round the pitch.