Monday 14 February 2011, 8:00pm at Craven Cottage, London
Barclays Premier League
Fulham FC
Fulham
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Chelsea
Chelsea
0
Fulham and Chelsea played out a tight goalless draw under the floodlights at Craven Cottage. Despite being under pressure for much of the second-half, Fulham almost netted a late winner but Clint Dempsey saw his injury-time penalty saved by Petr Cech.

43' Yellow Card

Steve Sidwell Card was given for a foul

90'+1 Missed Penalty

Clint Dempsey

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Simon Davies
Off:Andrew Johnson

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Zoltán Gera
Off:Danny Murphy

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Eidur Gudjohnsen
Off:Mousa Dembélé

38' Yellow Card

Branislav Ivanovic Card was given for a foul

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Salomon Kalou
Off:Nicolas Anelka

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Didier Drogba
Off:Fernando Torres

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With both sets of fans in good voice from the start, this evening encounter at Craven Cottage got underway in amidst a true local derby atmosphere.

The Whites were first to register an attack when Andrew Johnson combined well with Damien Duff on five minutes, building a Fulham counter-attack which resulted in Johnson winning a corner for the Whites.

Chelsea set up with Branislav Ivanovic and Ashley Cole taking up wide attacking positions when in possession, clearly looking to stretch the Whites’ defence across the pitch. But with neither side creating too much in the way of goal scoring chances, the early exchanges saw possession hotly contested in a busy midfield area.

There were nervy moments for the Whites’ defence on 22 minutes when a loose pass from Danny Murphy put Aaron Hughes in an uncomfortable situation with both Nicolas Anelka and Fernando Torres looking to get goal-side. Thankfully Hughes was able to hold off his opponents, enabling the danger to be snuffed out.

As the pace of the game picked up Petr Cech had to be alert to parry out a powerful dipping shot from Damien Duff. But Duff’s shot aside, Cech looking comfortable, claiming more than his fair share of corners and crosses.

Frank Lampard spurned an opportunity to hit the target on 27 minutes when he sliced a shot over from 10 yards after a teasing low ball from Ivanovic. The chances started to come for Chelsea soon after. A fierce long-range drive from Florent Malouda fizzed just over Schwarzer’s bar and, just moments later; the Australian international had to tip over Ivanovic’s somewhat wayward cross.

Ivanovic entered the referee’s book on 38 minutes when he was adjudged to have pulled the shirt of Mousa Dembele. The caution came at the end of a spell of intense Fulham pressure.  But it was Chelsea who had the final word at the end of the first-half when Fernando Torres saw a chance go begging after he let the ball to get away from his feet, allowing Mark Schwarzer to gather.

Following the restart Torres was nearly the beneficiary of a bad pass from Danny Murphy which was collected by Mark Schwarzer, Referee Dean adjudged it to be a back pass, but Chelsea were unable to work resulting the free-kick to their advantage.

Certainly Carlo Ancelotti’s men were enjoying a better start to the second-half, but for all of their possession, the most Schwarzer had to deal with was the occasion long-range shot. Nonetheless, Fulham were being penned back deep in their own half for long periods.

Fulham managed to buy some time and space when the counter-attacking threat of Mousa Dembele made Ancelotti’s men think twice before committing players forward. And as the second-half developed Fulham continued to get back into the game. With Carlos Salcido providing a good outlet down the left flank, the forward runs of Branislav Ivanovic were being kept in check.

Chelsea made the first substitution of the match, introducing Salmon Kalou for Nikolas Anelka on 65 minutes. A second change followed for the visitors with Didier Drogba coming on in place of Torres. Both changes had the desired effect of swinging the momentum of the match back in Chelsea’s favour.

Mark Hughes elected to replace Andrew Johnson with Simon Davies on 73 minutes. The switch saw Clint Dempsey join Dembele in attack.

Michael Essien glanced his diving header just wide of the goal on 78 minutes as Chelsea maintained a high level of pressure on the Whites. Fulham were simply unable to play their way out of their half.

Clint Dempsey forced a good save from Petr Cech on 83 minutes after a dangerous Fulham break. Mark Hughes then made a double substitution shortly after, introducing Eidur Gudjohnsen and Zoltan Gera to the action in place of Danny Murphy and Mousa Dembele. 

Didier Drogba fired wildly wide on 86 minutes, taking Chelsea’s number of efforts off target to 19. Then there was high drama when Clint Dempsey latched on to a Eidur Gudjohnsen pass late on and was brought down by David Luiz for a penalty kick. Dempsey stepped up a but his penalty was saved by Cech, it was the final piece of action in an enthralling encounter.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Monday 14 February 2011
Kick-off: 8:00pm

Venue: Craven Cottage, London
Attendance: 25,685

Referee: Mike Dean

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Baird, Hangeland, Hughes, Salcido; Duff, Murphy (Gera 82'), Sidwell, Dempsey; Dembélé (Gudjohnsen 82'), Johnson (Davies 73')

Unused substitutes: Stockdale, Kelly, Pantsil, Greening

Chelsea

Line-up: Cech; Ivanovic, David Luiz, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Lampard, Essien; Anelka (Kalou 64'), Torres (Drogba 70'), Malouda

Unused substitutes: Turnbull, Ferreira, Mikel, McEachran, Sala

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 26 57
2 Arsenal 26 53
3 Manchester City 27 49
4 Tottenham Hotspur 26 47
5 Chelsea 26 45
6 Liverpool 27 39
7 Sunderland 27 37
8 Bolton Wanderers 27 36
9 Stoke City 26 33
10 Newcastle United 26 32
11 Blackburn Rovers 27 32
12 Fulham 27 31
13 Everton 26 30
14 Birmingham City 25 30
15 Aston Villa 27 30
16 Blackpool 26 29
17 West Bromwich Albion 26 27
18 Wigan Athletic 27 27
19 West Ham United 27 25
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers 26 24
Fulham (4-4-2)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 3Carlos Salcido
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 30Mousa Dembélé
  • 8Andrew Johnson
Substitutes
  • 12David Stockdale
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 4John Pantsil
  • 11Zoltán Gera
  • 27Jonathan Greening
  • 29Simon Davies
  • 22Eidur Gudjohnsen
Chelsea (4-3-3)
  • 1Petr Cech
  • 2Branislav Ivanovic
  • 4David Luiz
  • 26John Terry
  • 3Ashley Cole
  • 7Ramires
  • 8Frank Lampard
  • 5Michael Essien
  • 39Nicolas Anelka
  • 9Fernando Torres
  • 15Florent Malouda
Substitutes
  • 22Ross Turnbull
  • 19Paulo Ferreira
  • 12John Obi Mikel
  • 20Joshua McEachran
  • 55Jacopo Sala
  • 11Didier Drogba
  • 21Salomon Kalou