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Leicester City came from behind for a 1-1 draw Sunday that denied Frank Lampard his first win as Chelsea manager.
Wilfred Ndidi made up for gifting Chelsea’s early opener by heading home the equalizer at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea have just one point from their first two games under Lampard, while Leicester drew for the second straight match.
“We were quick, bright, energetic, then we allowed Leicester back in the game and in the second half I was not very happy,” Lampard told Sky Sports.
“We can only look ourselves. We have to have more personality, today we didn’t have that.”
Earlier Sunday, promoted Sheffield United picked up their first victory by beating Crystal Palace 1-0.  It was the Blades’ first Premier League home match in 12 years and left them on four points in their return to the top flight.
“If anyone comes here they have to do a lot of good things to get a result but I thought we were good and we nicked a tight game,” United manager Chris Wilder said.
“It was a great effort from everybody to gain the three points.”
The main focus in west London was on Lampard as Chelsea’s record goal scorer made his home debut as manager.  And the Blues stormed out of the dressing room to take a seventh-minute lead when Ndidi lost the ball at the edge of the area and Mason Mount sent a shot into the bottom corner.
But Ndidi redeemed himself midway through the second half by heading home James Maddison’s corner in the 67th minute.
The visitors were the much better side after the break nearly and could have won it late but Maddison blazed a shot well over the bar from close range.
“We come away disappointed,” Maddison said.  “If you come to Stamford Bridge and play like that you have to take your chances.”
Sheffield United gave their fans plenty to cheer at Bramall Lane thanks to John Lundstram’s goal early in the second half.
Tabbed by many pundits for relegation in their first season back in the top flight since 2007, United have been an early surprise with four points from the opening two matches.
It was another disappointing day for Palace boss Roy Hodgson, whose team has yet to score in two games.
“I didn’t think we were good enough,” he said.
“We hardly had a strike at goal in the second half and that is inadmissible, the quality of the players we have is far better than we showed in the second half.” Manchester United visit Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday to wrap up the second round of matches.
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