BBC Sport's Harry Poole
Mauricio Pochettino insisted it is a matter of time before his Chelsea side begin to make sustained progress, there is a general acceptance that the Blues are in the early phases of a long-term project under the Argentine.
But the reality is they are no better off at this stage than they were after 23 games under Graham Potter last season. Potter was sacked six games later.
Cole Palmer's outstanding first season at the club continues to be a major positive, scoring his 10th goal in 20 league appearances with another cool finish.
But Pochettino's view that his young team could not handle the "stress" after falling behind will not instil confidence - and a response against Aston Villa in their FA Cup fourth-round replay on Wednesday is now a must after successive damaging defeats.