Tammy Abraham scored his first two goals for Chelsea on Saturday afternoon to hand Frank Lampard a maiden win in charge of the club at the expense of newly-promoted Norwich City.
The Canaries equalised twice during a thrilling first half at Carrow Road, with Todd Cantwell cancelling out Abraham’s first before Pukki continued his fine start to the campaign by responding to Mason Mount’s goal.
However, Abraham’s second goal with 22 minutes remaining proved to be too much for Norwich to recover from as Chelsea held on for a 3-2 victory which gives them their first win of the campaign at the fourth attempt.
Chelsea were dealt a blow even before the match kicked off when Pedro was injured in the warm-up, leading to Ross Barkley coming in and making it the Blues’ youngest starting XI in a league match for more than 25 years.
The setback did not seem to affect the visitors in an attacking sense, though, and they took the lead inside four minutes when Cesar Azpilicueta – criticised for his defensive work in the opening two matches of the season – got down the right and played a cross into the box for Abraham, who lashed home his first Chelsea goal on the half-volley.
Cantwell assisted two of Pukki’s three goals against Newcastle United last weekend, but the roles were reversed this time around as the Finnish striker’s low pass into the box was well converted from close range by the young Englishman.
The pace of the match showed no signs of relenting after the opening two shots had led to two goals, and the theme of young players impressing also continued as Chelsea restored their advantage in the 17th minute.
This time it was Mount who made it two goals in his last two games with a well-taken strike, cutting inside before firing his effort past Tim Krul into the far corner after Norwich had given the ball away when trying to play out from the back.
Norwich went up the other end and levelled things up for a second time, with Pukki continuing his free-scoring start to the season.
Emiliano Buendia slipped a pass through to the in-form striker, who turned it past Kepa Arrizabalaga from a tight angle for his fifth goal of the campaign – equalling Pavel Pogrebnyak’s record for most goals from a player’s first three appearances in the Premier League.
Lampard’s side did finally make the breakthrough which their second-half dominance deserved with 22 minutes remaining through Tammy Abraham when they hit Norwich on the counter-attack, the ball nestling into the hosts’ net within 10 seconds of Kepa denying Pukki at the other end.
Tammy Abraham was replaced by French international Olivier Giroud.