We took the lead through a fine Olivier Giroud volley early in the second half but couldn’t hold on to our lead as Wolves fought back and scored twice to win the game, their winner coming at the end of a quick counter-attack deep into added time.
The nature of that conceded goal was particularly disappointing for our head coach, as those Wolves counter-attacks were something he and his players had planned to deal with in the game.
‘We didn’t play well enough. It’s pretty simple,’ said Lampard. ‘The threat of Wolves is clearly the counter-attack. They’ve got others but the counter-attack is the main one.
‘They defend well, they’re organised, they have speed and quality in forward areas. The players knew it before the game, the players knew it in the game, and we allowed some counter-attacks and if you allow a team to play to their strengths then you may lose that game.’