Tammy Abraham hit his first Premier League goals as Chelsea edged a thrilling encounter at Norwich to give manager Frank Lampard his first win.
Academy product Abraham started and finished the scoring as the guests secured a 3-2 victory in East Anglia. Todd Cantwell and Teemu Pukki double equalized for the hosts during a breathless forty-five minutes when Mason Mount had reconditioned Chelsea’s advantage together with his second of the season. But Chelsea was more dominant after the break and another smart finish from Abraham proved enough for Lampard to claim his first three points.
He was the last manager to leave Carrow Road with a league win after his Derby side won a seven-goal thriller in December. This ending was nearly as exhilarating as Abraham stepped up to deliver the goal for a Chelsea team that was already without the injured N’Golo Kante before Pedro suffered a hamstring issue in the warm-up.
Despite those setbacks, Chelsea was ahead from their first attack, Cesar Azpilicueta getting forward on the overlap and crossing to Abraham, who finished with aplomb.
The Canaries, despite having their feathers ruffled, were level just three minutes later as Cantwell exchanged passes with Pukki before tapping home the equalizer.
The visitors kept control of the competition and punctually re-established their lead with a little over 15 minutes on the clock, Mount showing nice composure to tuck away his second goal of the season.
Lampard’s side could have taken control of the game soon after were it not for a fine save from Tim Krul, who reacted well to tip Andreas Christensen’s diving header over his crossbar.
With the attack on top, it was little surprise that Norwich got themselves back level before half-time, with Pukki again on the score sheet.
Cantwell’s clever flick set Emi Buendia away and he rolled a perfect pass into the feet of Pukki, who converted from a tight angle, although Kepa Arrizabalaga should have done better in the Chelsea goal.
A clever short free-kick routine almost had Norwich ahead for the first time, but Kepa pushed clear Buendia’s shot before holding Grant Hanley’s effort from the rebound.
Chelsea was still enjoying more of the ball in dangerous areas but the sides went in level at the break.
Lampard’s men dominated after the restart, all but camped in the Norwich half without really crafting a clear-cut opening to regain the lead.
They were denied a penalty just after the hour-mark, the video assistant referee siding with Martin Atkinson after he opted not to penalize Marco Stiepermann after a coming together with Azpilicueta.
Chelsea would eventually find their way through soon after, Mateo Kovacic sliding a pass into Abraham, who fired past two defenders and into Krul’s net, the Norwich goalkeeper unhappy at his failure to keep it out.
Chelsea took an early lead, Norwich leveled. Mason Mount thumped them back ahead, Norwich leveled again. Unperturbed, the visitors came out punching in the second half, and Tammy Abraham’s second goal of the day – and his Chelsea career – finally decided matters.
The defense still needs an injection of Antonio Rudiger, but this will be a huge relief for Lampard. Norwich, as at Anfield on the opening night, leave with no points but their reputation intact.
After fighting back in the first half, Norwich’s energy appeared sapped and they couldn’t muster a third equalizer of the afternoon to deny Lampard his first taste of victory.