Saturday 21 September 2013, 5:30pm at Stamford Bridge, London
Barclays Premier League
Oscar 52'; Mikel 84'
Fulham FC

52' Goal


84' Goal

John Obi Mikel
Assist by John Terry

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Fernando Torres
Off:Samuel Eto'o

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Frank Lampard
Off:Andre Schürrle

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kevin De Bruyne
Off:Eden Hazard

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Adel Taarabt
Off:Damien Duff

72' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
Off:Alexander Kacaniklic

85' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Hugo Rodallega
Off:Pajtim Kasami

Fulham fell to a 2-0 derby defeat at the hands of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Fulham fell to a 2-0 derby defeat at the hands of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

In what was a closely fought fixture, two second-half goals proved the difference as strikes from Oscar and John Obi Mikel earned the home side the SW6 bragging rights.

The opening 45 minutes was an even contest, with the Whites squandering the best chance when Darren Bent shot too close to Petr Cech after being played through by Pajtim Kasami.

But Chelsea came flying out in the second period and two close-range goals earned them their first win over Fulham at home in three years.

Martin Jol made three changes to the side that drew with West Bromwich Albion seven days ago, with the recovered Bent taking the place of Dimitar Berbatov who didn’t recuperate in time from a hamstring strain. Fernando Amorebieta was handed a full debut at the expense of Philippe Senderos, while Damien Duff started on the right wing in place of the injured Bryan Ruiz.

The first smell of danger arrived in the fourth minute when Chelsea were awarded a soft free-kick for an apparent foul on Ashley Cole by Kasami, but Andre Schurrle’s set-piece was headed clear by Sascha Riether.

The Whites then broke with Duff who eventually managed to dink in a cross that Steve Sidwell headed over, while another opportunity then arrived on six minutes for the Blues when Samuel Eto’o beat David Stockdale to Branislav Ivanovic’s cross, but the striker’s effort went well over the crossbar.

In what was an entertaining opening 10 minutes, Bent almost latched onto Scott Parker’s clever ball over the top, but Cech read the situation brilliantly to rush out and head clear the danger.

The best chance of the game then fell to Bent in the 13th minute when Kasami played him in with sublime vision. The striker’s pace took him beyond Gary Cahill but his shot was too close to Cech who made a comfortable save.

Schurrle had another set-piece opportunity with 20 minutes played and the Germany international fizzed in a dangerous ball that Ramires managed to flick on, but only into the arms of Stockdale. The winger’s deliveries were becoming more threatening, though, and Stockdale had to be on hand to tip his corner away three minutes later.

Eto’o latched onto a diagonal pass in the 26th minute after escaping the offside flag – the striker cut inside Riether before rifling in a powerful shot that was deflected behind for a corner by Duff.

An ambitious effort from Sidwell shortly after was the first Fulham attempt for a while but, nonetheless, the Whites were doing well to contain their hosts in what was a well-balanced match.

After Kasami was once again contentiously penalised on the edge of his own area, Oscar and Schurrle both stood over the dead ball. It was the Brazilian who stepped up, smashing his shot into the wall, with Stockdale then doing well to claim the loose ball and prevent a corner.

The Blues were beginning to up the tempo slightly and it needed a fine block from Brede Hangeland to deny Ramires a clean strike on goal, with Eden Hazard then firing a well-struck volley wide following a Stockdale punch.

Fantastic play by Parker in the middle of the field allowed him to dribble beyond Mikel with ease before finding Alexander Kacaniklic down the left. The Swede fed Duff who won a corner but the subsequent set-piece was well cleared by Schurrle.

As we entered the final five minutes of the half Hazard was urged to shoot from the home crowd but his effort from 25 yards trickled harmlessly wide of Stockdale’s post, although they did finally beat the Fulham keeper seven minutes into the second half.

Following some intricate play inside the area, the ball eventually broke to the advancing Schurrle and then Eto’o. Stockdale kept each of their efforts out but there was nothing he could do to prevent Oscar finding the back of the net after the loose ball fell extremely kindly for him six yards from goal.

The Whites sought an equaliser immediately and Kasami’s lovely curling free-kick two minutes later was met by Sidwell, but our number seven couldn’t control his header which flew wide of the post.

With 64 minutes gone Jose Mourinho made the game’s first substitution as Eto’o was withdrawn for Fernando Torres, whilst Fulham followed suit with Adel Taarabt taking the place of the tireless Duff. And it wasn’t long before Jol made another change, with Buomesca Tue Na Bangna handed a debut at his former club when he replaced Kacaniklic.

Chelsea were seeing a lot more of the ball as the game entered the final quarter of an hour, but they continued to frustrate their fans as they failed to turn their possession into a second goal.

They did almost grab that decisive goal that their supporters so craved on 82 minutes after Taarabt gave the ball away in midfield. Chelsea countered quickly but Amorebieta was on hand to block Ramires’ shot.

They came even closer two minutes later when Torres connected brilliantly with Oscar’s corner, only to be denied by a fine sprawling save from Stockdale. Fulham’s respite was short-lived though, with Mikel ramming the ball home after John Terry had nodded down the subsequent corner.

Both sides then made a further change, as Kevin De Bruyne replaced Hazard, and Hugo Rodallega came on for Kasami.

Richardson almost halved the deficit in the 89th minute when his cross-cum-shot caught Cech by surprise, but the giant goalkeeper still got across well to palm the ball behind to maintain his side's clean sheet with practically the final action of the game.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Saturday 21 September 2013
Kick-off: 5:30pm

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London
Attendance: 41,608

Referee: Andre Marriner


Line-up: Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Mikel; Schürrle (Lampard 80'), Oscar, Hazard (De Bruyne 85'); Eto'o (Torres 64')

Unused substitutes: Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, Essien, Willian

Manager: José Mourinho


Line-up: Stockdale; Riether, Hangeland, Amorebieta, Richardson; Duff (Taarabt 64'), Parker, Sidwell, Kacaniklic (Mesca 72'); Kasami (Rodallega 85'); Bent

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Senderos, Zverotic, Karagounis

Manager: Martin Jol

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Chelsea 5 10
2 Liverpool 5 10
3 Arsenal 4 9
4 Tottenham Hotspur 4 9
5 Everton 5 9
6 Southampton 5 8
7 Manchester City 4 7
8 Manchester United 4 7
9 Stoke City 4 7
10 Hull City 5 7
11 Newcastle United 5 7
12 Aston Villa 5 6
13 West Bromwich Albion 5 5
14 West Ham United 5 5
15 Cardiff City 4 5
16 Swansea City 4 4
17 Norwich City 5 4
18 Fulham 5 4
19 Crystal Palace 4 3
20 Sunderland 5 1
Total Shots
Shots On Target
Passing Accuracy
Sending Offs
Chelsea (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Petr Cech
  • 2Branislav Ivanovic
  • 24Gary Cahill
  • 26John Terry
  • 3Ashley Cole
  • 7Ramires
  • 12John Obi Mikel
  • 14Andre Schürrle
  • 11Oscar
  • 17Eden Hazard
  • 29Samuel Eto'o
  • 23Mark Schwarzer
  • 28César Azpilicueta
  • 5Michael Essien
  • 8Frank Lampard
  • 15Kevin De Bruyne
  • 9Fernando Torres
  • 22Willian
  • José Mourinho
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 13David Stockdale
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 35Fernando Amorebieta
  • 15Kieran Richardson
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 28Scott Parker
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 11Alexander Kacaniklic
  • 8Pajtim Kasami
  • 39Darren Bent
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 4Philippe Senderos
  • 22Elsad Zverotic
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 19Adel Taarabt
  • 36Mesca
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
  • Martin Jol
Total shots
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
Minutes played by player
Assists from open play
Successful aerial duels
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
Pass forwards
Successful dribbles
Sum of all a players ball events
Accurate passes
Key passes
Player intercepts a pass
Goalkeeper saves
Goalkeeper catches a cross
  • Chelsea 2-0 Fulham. The Whites cannot find a reply to second-half goals from Oscar and Mikel as Chelsea secure their first home win over Fulham in three years.
  • 89 Richardson hammers in an attempt from a tight angle with almost surprises Cech but the Chelsea keeper gets across goal to palm it wide.
  • 88 Lampard fires one at goal but that's straight at Stockdale. De Bruyne tries to release Torres but he's strayed offside.
  • 86 Another pair of changes, Rodallega on for Kasami and De Bruyne on for Hazard.
  • 85 Chelsea 2-0 Fulham. Mikel collects Terry's headed knock-down and volleys in the Blues' second goal.
  • 84 Tremendous reflexes by Stockdale as he leaps through to air to deny Torres' bullet header from a corner.
  • 82 A Taarabt slip allows Torres to counter and, after playing the ball to Ramires, Amorebieta reacts quickly to close down the shot.
  • 79 That's all for Schurrle, he's being replaced by Lampard as Chelsea look to close the match out. The Whites have 10 minutes to save the game.
  • 76 Good skill by Kasami to find space to cross and Cahill just about throws a toe in to take the ball away from the onrushing Bent.
  • 71 It's a special moment for a Whites youngster as Mesca Na Bangna comes on to make his Fulham debut. Kacaniklic is the man replaced, with Martin Jol's men chasing the game.
  • 70 Ivanovic drives a dangerous cross straight across the face of Stockdale's goal and Ramires appeals for a penalty after a coming together with Amorebieta, as the Whites hang on.
  • 69 Taarabt is pushing up in support of Bent, with Kasami moving to the right, as the Whites look to force their way back in to the game. Chelsea are edging the midfield battle at the moment.
  • 63 We have a pair of changes, with Taarabt replacing Duff for Fulham and Chelsea switching Eto'o for Torres.
  • 57 More excellent defending from Hangeland to block Eto'o rifled strike on goal, and Fulham work the ball out from defence.
  • 54 Almost an immediate reply for the Whites as Sidwell's header flashes wide of Cech's goal following Kasami's centred free-kick.
  • 52 Chelsea 1-0 Fulham. Oscar turns the ball in from inside the six yard box at the third attempt after two close-range Stockdale saves.
  • 51 Chelsea attack with gusto and Ivanovic gets the better of Amorebieta but Richardson makes the saving tackle. Stockdale claims the corner under serious pressure.
  • We're back underway at Stamford Bridge, with Kasami and Bent kicking off in the second half. Martin Jol is beginning to get animated on the touchline.
  • Chelsea 0-0 Fulham. The best chance of the half fell to Darren Bent but Petr Cech's reflexes denied the Whites striker in what otherwise has been an evenly-matched first half.
  • 43 Chelsea are enjoying a spell of pressure here with some nice approach play. The ball eventually falls to Ivanovic and Stockdale has to save with an outstretched leg.
  • 37 Outstanding piece of skill by Parker to get the better of Mikel and it sets off a Whites counter-attack. Kasami almost gets behind the defence but can't quite control the ball.
  • 35 Hangeland lunges at full-stretch to deny Ramires a shooting opportunity and Stockdale palms away a dangerous cross before Hazard's speculative volley is off target.
  • 33 Kasami is ruled to have committed a foul and Oscar will line up this free-kick. The little Brazilian takes aim but a strong Fulham wall soaks up the impact.
  • 29 After some quick one-touch passing, space opens up for Sidwell to strike at goal but he leans back and the ball goes harmlessly over.
  • 26 Eto'o cuts inside from the left into the Fulham penalty area and unleashes a strike but Duff throws himself at ball and concedes the corner.
  • 23 An important header from Hanglehand denies Eto'o a goalscoring chance from Ivanovic's cross. Another vital clearance from Sidwell keeps Chelsea at bay.
  • 20 Stockdale reacts quickly as Schurrle's whipped free-kick is flicked goalwards by Ramires' back header. Our keeper holds the ball well under pressure.
  • 16 We have a short break in play as Ramires receives some treatment after landing awkwardly contesting a header with Amorebieta.
  • 13 The Blues' high defensive line is caught out as Kasami plays Bent in behind. Cech comes out and makes himself big to save one-on-one.
  • 10 Parker wriggles free of Mikel and hits a raking through ball in search of Bent's intelligent run. Cech scampers out and is forced to head the ball clear.
  • 6 A bit of a scare there, as Ivanovic swings in a delivery and Eto'o almost beats Stockdale to the ball, but fires his shot off target.
  • 5 Good pressure by Duff and Kacaniklic at the Chelsea byline. We get the ball across and Sidwell's header flies over the bar.
  • 2 Chelsea forces themselves forward on the left and Kasami's tackle is given as a foul. Riether leaps highest and heads away Schurrle's free-kick.
  • The Blues get us started in the first half, with Fulham in their white shirts and black shorts, and our travelling fans making themselves heard early on.
  • Our opposition today start with; Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Cole; Ramires, Mikel; Schürrle, Oscar, Hazard; Eto'o.
  • Martin Jol makes 3 changes from the side which drew with West Brom. Amorebieta, Duff and Bent come in for Berbatov, Senderos and Ruiz.
  • The Whites starting line-up today is Stockdale; Riether, Hangeland, Amorebieta, Richardson; Duff, Sidwell, Parker, Kačaniklić; Kasami; Bent.
  • We're all set for the SW6 derby, Chelsea vs Fulham, at Stamford Bridge. Come on you Whites!