WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Chelsea is congratulated on scoring the opening goal with Eden Hazard during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea FC at Molineux on December 05, 2018 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek was left to rue their sloppy second-half performance in their 2-1 defeat to Wolves on Wednesday night

The English midfielder was handed a first Premier League start of the season at Molineux and marked the occasion by scoring the opening goal of the game from 25 yards out.

But Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota both scored for Wolves in the space of four minutes after the break to hand them a shock win.

“We felt in control first half, 1-0 up and playing some good football,” Loftus-Cheek told the club website.

“They came out fast second half and to be fair we were sloppy as a team, and in the Premier League if you’re sloppy, you pay for it. That’s what happened.”

The 22-year-old urged the team to quickly regroup with a testing encounter against Premier League leaders Manchester City awaiting them at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

“We train every day as a team, and we should expect to play well, whoever plays in the team,” added Loftus-Cheek.

“We need to take this loss and turn it around quickly because we have got a tough game on the weekend. We need to analyse the game and move on very quickly.

“The dressing room is very disappointed. This is a period with a lot of games and points at stake, and these are the games we want to take points from. It wasn’t to be but we pick our heads up and go again.”

Loftus-Cheek has now scored six goals in 10 appearances for Chelsea this season.