Monday 26 December 2011, 1:00pm at Stamford Bridge, London
Barclays Premier League
Chelsea
Chelsea
1
Mata 47'
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Dempsey 56'
Clint Dempsey's impressive scoring record against neighbors Chelsea continued as he helped the Whites claim a deserved point in this Boxing Day West London derby at Stamford Bridge.

47' Goal

Juan Mata
Assist by Fernando Torres

68' Yellow Card

José Bosingwa Card was given for a foul

62' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Florent Malouda
Off:Frank Lampard

71' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Didier Drogba
Off:Daniel Sturridge

81' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Paulo Ferreira
Off:José Bosingwa

56' Goal

Clint Dempsey
Assist by Bryan Ruiz

7' Yellow Card

Clint Dempsey Card was given for a foul

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Pajtim Kasami
Off:Orlando Sá

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90

Both managers made three changes to their starting line-ups for Monday afternoon’s West London derby at Stamford Bridge.

Following last week’s heavy defeat to Manchester United, Martin Jol handed Kerim Frei and Orlando Sa starts in a 4-3-3 formation. Stephen Kelly came in for Chris Baird at right back.

Whilst Sa acted as the lone striker, Frei, Dembele, Dempsey and Ruiz offered plenty of attacking support from midfield with Andrew Johnson, Bobby Zamora and Damien Duff ruled out through injury.

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas’ three changes saw starting roles for Frank Lampard David Luiz and striker Fernando Torres.

Fulham got the game underway with over 3,000 travelling fans behind them and from the first minute Kerim Frei’s skill, guile and attacking instinct were on show down Fulham’s left flank.

The game started at a frantic pace with Clint Dempsey picking up the first yellow card of the match after six minutes for a foul on Meireles. Two minutes later the American fired in the first effort of the match, a fierce 25-yard effort that forced Cech into a diving save.

It was certainly a bright start at the Bridge for Jol’s team and captain Murphy, playing just in front of Fulham’s back four, was orchestrating every move in what was, in essence, a quarterback role.

After 14 minutes the game really burst into action when Mousa Dembele bamboozled Terry down Chelsea’s left flank and supplied a perfect cross to Sa at the far post. Sa rose above Luiz but could only send his headed effort over the cross bar.

Chelsea immediately responded with Torres firing in a right footed volley on the turn from 12 yards. Fortunately Stockdale was perfectly positioned to produce a fine save. Seconds later Sturridge fired just wide with a vicious 25-yard strike.

The home side enjoyed a sustained spell of possession after the quarter of an hour mark but offered no serious threat in the final third. Jol’s team were certainly well organised and kept their shape when under pressure.

After 24 minutes Dembele had Chelsea’s defence beaten again, this time creating the space on the 18 yard line to fire in a left footed shot that had Cech beaten all ends up. However Dembele’s shot across goal arrowed past the goalkeeper’s far post.

Sturridge was by far Chelsea’s most potent threat down the right wing during the first half, with a blistering turn of pace matched by several impressive pinpoint crosses. After 30 minutes Sturridge almost found himself on the score sheet after turning Bosingwa’s cross goalwards. Fortunately for Fulham the ball fell wide of Stockdale’s far post.

The game swung between lengthy spells of possession for both teams towards the 40 minute mark but neither side could muster any serious threat on goal, more to the credit of both defences who remained composed and impregnable during the first half.

The tempo of the match dissipated before the break as both teams seemed happy to enter the break on level terms. The home crowd were certainly subdued after a first 45 minutes that had seen Fulham stand toe-to-toe with the home side.

Chelsea were clearly intent on making an immediate impression at the start of the second half, pressing higher up the field with an increased pace to their passing play. It had a telling effect, with Mata forcing the issue barely two minutes after the restart with a strike from 18 yards that earned the home side a 1-0 lead.

Fulham came straight back at Chelsea and their perseverance was rewarded when Clint Dempsey pulled Fulham level inside ten minutes of Mata’s strike. Dempsey’s goal was created by some outstanding play from Ruiz on the right.

Dempsey’s goal brought a fresh injection of belief into Fulham’s play and Martin Jol’s midfield four of Dempsey, Ruiz, Dembele and Frei looked so dangerous on the counter attack.

Andre Villas-Boas made the first tactical change of the game after 61 minutes, replacing Frank Lampard with Florent Malouda. Chelsea’s substitute almost made an immediate impact just four minutes after his introduction, but was denied by the outstanding David Stockdale.

Malouda’s effort came from a Chelsea corner which was the result of a stunning fingertip save from Stockdale to deny Sturridge seconds before Malouda’s effort.

Bosingwa received the second booking of the match after 67 minutes for a cynical, late challenge on Frei 35 yards from goal. Villas-Boas then made his second change of the match, an attacking move that saw Didier Drogba replace Daniel Sturridge with 20 minutes remaining.

The West London derby was all set for a grand finale as both teams looked intent on claiming maximum points. Kerim Frei almost broke through for a wonder goal after 74 minutes. The former Academy graduate picked the ball up in his own half and sprinted forward on a solo run that saw him skip past a host of players in midfied. Frei was only denied at the final hurdle as he almost breached Chelsea's defence for a one on one with Cech.

At the other end substitute Drogba was given a sight of goal after 75 minutes but from the left hand side of the area could only firea left footed strike into Stockdale's arms. The final ten minutes of play saw Chelsea launch a succession of attacks on Fulham's goal but Stockdale was not to beaten twice on Monday.

With four minutes remaining Stockdale denied Chelsea twice in the space of a minute with two stunning fingertip saves before coming to Fulham's rescue again on 89 minutes.

During three minutes of added time Kasami was given a sight of goal as he broke through Chelsea’s defence and on this occasion it was Cech who was forced to make the save. There was still time for Stockdale to deny Chelsea once more before the final whistle.

After last week's heavy defeat to Manchester United, Martin Jol's team delivered the perfect response at Stamford Bridge on Monday and deserved their share of the spoils. This Saturday Fulham will travel Carrow Road for a New Year's Eve encounter with Norwich City.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Monday 26 December 2011
Kick-off: 1:00pm

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London
Attendance: 41,548

Referee: Kevin Friend

Chelsea

Line-up: Cech; Bosingwa (Ferreira 81'), David Luiz, Terry, Cole; Meireles, Romeu, Lampard (Malouda 62'); Sturridge (Drogba 71'), Torres, Mata

Unused substitutes: Turnbull, McEachran, Lukaku, Kalou

Manager: Andre Villas-Boas

Fulham

Line-up: Stockdale; Kelly, Senderos, Hangeland, John Arne Riise; Murphy; Ruiz, Dembélé, Dempsey, Frei; Sá (Kasami 83')

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Baird, Hughes, Briggs, Sidwell, Etuhu

Manager: Martin Jol

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester City 17 44
2 Manchester United 17 42
3 Tottenham Hotspur 16 35
4 Chelsea 18 34
5 Arsenal 17 32
6 Liverpool 17 30
7 Newcastle United 17 27
8 Stoke City 17 24
9 Norwich City 17 21
10 West Bromwich Albion 17 21
11 Everton 16 20
12 Aston Villa 17 19
13 Fulham 18 19
14 Swansea City 17 18
15 Sunderland 17 17
16 Queens Park Rangers 17 16
17 Wolverhampton Wanderers 17 15
18 Wigan Athletic 17 14
19 Bolton Wanderers 17 12
20 Blackburn Rovers 17 10
Goals
1
1
Total Shots
25
9
Shots On Target
12
5
Passing Accuracy
87%
86%
Fouls
10
12
Corners
9
3
Offsides
1
0
Bookings
1
1
Sending Offs
0
0
Chelsea (4-3-3)
  • 1Petr Cech
  • 17José Bosingwa
  • 4David Luiz
  • 26John Terry
  • 3Ashley Cole
  • 16Raul Meireles
  • 6Oriol Romeu
  • 8Frank Lampard
  • 23Daniel Sturridge
  • 9Fernando Torres
  • 10Juan Mata
Substitutes
  • 22Ross Turnbull
  • 19Paulo Ferreira
  • 15Florent Malouda
  • 20Joshua McEachran
  • 11Didier Drogba
  • 18Romelu Lukaku
  • 21Salomon Kalou
Manager
  • Andre Villas-Boas
Fulham (4-1-4-1)
  • 12David Stockdale
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 14Philippe Senderos
  • 5Brede Hangeland
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 13Danny Murphy
  • 11Bryan Ruiz
  • 30Moussa Dembélé
  • 23Clint Dempsey
  • 21Kerim Frei
  • 9Orlando Sá
Substitutes
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 28Matthew Briggs
  • 4Steve Sidwell
  • 10Pajtim Kasami
  • 20Dickson Etuhu
Manager
  • Martin Jol
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0