Callum Hudson-ODOI was slated for his ‘very awkward’ pass trying to take out Mason Mount.
And the bizarre decision came back to bite the Chelsea winger and his team as Brighton snatched an injury-time equalizer.
Hudson-Odoi began the attack on Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night with Mount and Romelu Lukaku.
And when Lukaku led the Blues in 28 minutes, the 21-year-old winger set out to double his lead ten minutes after half-time.
But instead of pulling the trigger to shoot, running from the middle of the field to the edge, the academy graduate attempted a complicated ball for the mount.
However, instead of threading complicately for his partner, Hudson-Odoi simply proceeded to give possession to Seagulls defender Joel Veltman.
Veltman ricocheted the ball back to his goalkeeper, Robert Sanchez, who gratefully collected it.
Hudson-Odoi – who has four goals in 68 Premier League appearances – held his head in his hands after wasting a brilliant chance, while a desperate mount threw his arms in the air.
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And former Chelsea striker Ani Aluko slammed the forward for his costly mistake.
Speaking on Amazon Prime, Pundit said: “At this stage you have to get better.
“It’s a 2 vs 1 situation, maybe he needs to release it early. But you have to make that pass, you have to make that pass.
“It’s the potential difference between winning the game and getting a sick equalizer at the end and dragging the game.”
Chelsea hero Gus Poet was also surprised.
He continued: “I’m surprised he needed to pass. It’s not like he tried to pass through the defender or around him.
“He hit the defender straight. It’s very awkward. Usually you pass that pass because the other player is too far ahead of you or you try to play it too smartly.
“He didn’t do one or the other. He just hit the defender. Very strange.”
On commentary, former Chelsea player Andy Townsend said: “You have to take advantage of that. It should end with an effort on target.
“It’s Callum Hudson Odoi’s decision – it’s the end product he’s got to do better in those crucial moments.
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“He’s worked hard, it’s just those big moments, those big decisions to make – if he starts getting those rights he’ll grow as a player very fast.”
Hudson-Odoi was booked for a foul on Yves Bisouma on 64 minutes and was stopped by Thomas Tuchel three minutes later as N’Golo Kante came on.
Chelsea looked set to score a crucial three points in the title race, but Danny Welbeck overtook Edouard Mendy in the 91st minute.