Chelsea manager Frank Lampard singled out Marcos Alonso and Thiago Silva for their defensive mistakes in Saturday’s 3-3 draw with West Bromwich Albion.
The Blues fought back to earn a point having been 3-0 down at the Hawthorns inside the first 30 minutes.
Alonso was at fault for West Brom’s first with a poor header before Silva allowed the ball to run under his foot with Callum Robinson capitalising on both errors.
The comeback was completed as Tammy Abraham tapped into an empty net ensuring a share of the points
But Lampard was unhappy at the full time whistle following the first half performance from his defence
Lampard told Sky Sports: “It’s two points lost. That’s no disrespect to West Brom, but to come here and understand the game and know transition and mistakes would be something they would jump on, counter-attack against us, and set-pieces
“We spoke about it before the game, you can’t legislate for pure mistakes, but that gives you a really difficult game to get back into.
“I can laud character, because we showed character and persistence, but we wouldn’t need to if we didn’t make those mistakes.
“Mistakes, clear mistakes, the first one Marcos [Alonso] heads it into the middle of the pitch for them, the second one Thiago [Silva] makes a mistake, he’s been around long enough to know that and we’ll give him that one in his first game, but Marcos loses his man for the third too.
“You can do as many meetings as you want, if you make those mistakes you give yourself a mountain to climb.”
Lampard also opened up on Chelsea’s fitness levels following the shortened summer break and pre-season with the likes of Ben Chilwell still to reach 100 per cent.
He added: “We have two big games coming up against Tottenham and Crystal Palace. I expect to see an improvement in our performances.
“But in terms of team fitness, it won’t be until after the international break that I expect to see us up to our real level, especially in terms of on the ball, because we haven’t had time to work on that yet.”