Wednesday 28 November 2012, 7:45pm at Stamford Bridge, London
Barclays Premier League
Chelsea
Chelsea
0
Fulham FC
Fulham
0
A highly disciplined performance from Fulham saw the Whites draw 0-0 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.

68' Yellow Card

Branislav Ivanovic

70' Yellow Card

Oriol Romeu Card was given for a foul

73' Yellow Card

David Luiz Card was given for a foul

63' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Juan Mata
Off:Ryan Bertrand

82' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Marko Marin
Off:Eden Hazard

64' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Chris Baird
Off:Mahamadou Diarra

74' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kerim Frei
Off:Giorgos Karagounis

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Mladen Petric
Off:Hugo Rodallega

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A highly disciplined performance from Fulham saw the Whites draw 0-0 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.

Martin Jol’s side contained the plethora of attacking talent Chelsea had at their disposal to end our run of straight defeats.

Both sides had chances to win the game, with Aaron Hughes clearing Fernando Torres’ shot off the line, and John Arne Riise twice coming close for the visitors.

Jol made three changes from the side that lost to Stoke City at the weekend, with Hugo Rodallega, Damien Duff and Mahamadou Diarra all coming in. Mladen Petrić, Ashkan Dejagah and Chris Baird made way – with the trio starting the game on the bench.

The Whites began in a 4-4-1-1 formation, with Rodallega and Duff on the left and right wings respectively, and Giorgos Karagounis sitting in the hole behind Dimitar Berbatov.

The home side started strongly and sprayed the ball around slickly, finding their first effort of the match on six minutes, although Ramires ballooned high over the bar from 25 yards out.

Fulham were keeping their shape and biding their time as they searched for an opening which eventually came on 18 minutes. Riise burst down the left before cutting back his cross which Berbatov flicked over the bar under pressure from a blue shirt.

Branislav Ivanovic put a dangerous cross into the Fulham box a minute later, though, but Philippe Senderos got a crucial head on it to prevent it dropping to Oscar. And Senderos was there again on 21 minutes to rob Ramires of possession as the Brazilian midfielder attempted to bundle his way into the penalty area.

The Blues won a free-kick on 24 minutes as Fulham attempted to clear their lines and Rodallega inadvertently handled. David Luiz stepped up to try and trouble Mark Schwarzer but his set-piece sailed harmlessly into the Shed End.

The first shot on target of the game came on the half-hour mark when Eden Hazard found Cesar Azpilicueta in space down the right. The Spanish full-back found Torres in the middle and the forward spun well but fired straight at Schwarzer. The game was beginning to open up and if anyone had got any sort of a touch on Steve Sidwell’s inswinging cross a minute later, we would have taken the lead.

Fulham faced trouble on 34 minutes when Torres took a tumble after making the slightest of contacts with Duff on the edge of the area but Chelsea made a mess of the free-kick, firing low into the shins of our two-man wall.

Petr Cech was called into action for the first time on 37 minutes when Rodallega let fly from distance. His shot was true but straight down the throat of the Czech keeper. The chance sparked Chelsea into life and we needed two last-ditch challenges in as many minutes from Diarra and Hughes to deny the home side a clear sight of goal.

Hughes got a crucial header on another Azpilicueta cross on 41 minutes after he’d been found in space after neat work by Oscar. The Spaniard was enjoying a bit too much freedom down the right flank for Fulham’s liking.

Chelsea were beginning to bombard the Fulham area with crosses and Sascha Riether was the next to stay firm when he successfully headed Torres’ cross to safety despite being under intense pressure from Hazard.

After containing our hosts at the start of the second half, we almost contributed to our own downfall when Duff conceded possession on the right wing. Oscar jinked his way into the area and was about to pull the trigger only for Diarra to appear from nowhere to rob the ball with a perfect slide tackle.

And the Whites were presented with a glorious chance to break the deadlock on 55 minutes when Karagounis found Riise who had made a lung-busting run into the area. The Norwegian, though, couldn’t get a firm contact on his shot and Cech saved comfortably.

Chelsea were next to try their luck but Ramires poked too close to Schwarzer from 10 yards out, before Karagounis fired into Cech’s arms from the edge of the area following good hold-up play from Berbatov.

Our local rivals were doing what they could to turn the screw and on 63 minutes Rafael Benitez played his first card, introducing Juan Mata to the action in place of Ryan Bertrand, while Baird came on a minute later for Diarra.

It wasn’t until the 68th minute that we saw a yellow card and the first caution was issued to Ivanovic for dissent after Oriol Romeu had hauled down Sidwell 30 yards from goal. Our number seven laid the subsequent free-kick off to Baird who fired straight at Cech. Chelsea doubled their card count three minutes later when Romeu was cautioned for scything down Berbatov.

Fulham broke on 73 minutes and Berbatov played the marauding Riether in on goal, only for the German full-back to be hauled down by Luiz, who was was booked for his troubles. Fulham were presented with a great chance from the free-kick 20 yards from goal. Kerim Frei was introduced before the set-piece could be taken – replacing Karagounis – but Berbatov’s effort hit the wall.

The Whites were enjoying their best spell of the game and came within a whisker of scoring when Riise fired goalwards after connecting with Frei’s lay-off but his effort was superbly palmed away for a corner by Cech.

Chelsea thought they’d made the breakthrough with 10 minutes remaining when Torres beat the offside trap before firing beyond Schwarzer, only for the ever-reliable Hughes to clear off the line.

The game was wide open now and Frei was making the most of his first Fulham appearance of the season as he danced beyond two blue shirts into the area before hitting the deck. The Whites fans behind the goal bellowed for a penalty but the referee waved play on.

Both sides made further changes as the game entered its final stages; Marko Marin replaced Hazard, while Petric replaced Rodallega. Right on the 90-minute mark Riether found Petric in the box with a fine cross but unfortunately the Croatian couldn’t connect as he would have liked.

Each side managed to force one corner each in stoppage time but couldn’t make them count as Fulham secured a valuable and thoroughly deserved point.

Match Information

Competition: Barclays Premier League

Date: Wednesday 28 November 2012
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Stamford Bridge, London
Attendance: 41,707

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Chelsea

Line-up: Cech; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, David Luiz, Cole; Ramires, Romeu; Hazard (Marin 82'), Oscar, Bertrand (Mata 63'); Torres

Unused substitutes: Turnbull, Ferreira, Cahill, Mikel, Moses

Manager: Rafael Benitez

Fulham

Line-up: Schwarzer; Riether, Senderos, Hughes, John Arne Riise; Duff, Sidwell, Diarra (Baird 64'), Rodallega (Petric 84'); Karagounis (Frei 74'); Berbatov

Unused substitutes: Etheridge, Kelly, Kasami, Dejagah

Manager: Martin Jol

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Manchester United 13 30
2 Manchester City 13 29
3 Chelsea 14 26
4 West Bromwich Albion 14 26
5 Tottenham Hotspur 14 23
6 Everton 14 22
7 Arsenal 14 21
8 Swansea City 14 20
9 West Ham United 13 19
10 Stoke City 14 19
11 Fulham 14 17
12 Liverpool 14 16
13 Norwich City 14 16
14 Newcastle United 14 14
15 Wigan Athletic 13 14
16 Sunderland 13 13
17 Aston Villa 14 13
18 Southampton 14 12
19 Reading 13 9
20 Queens Park Rangers 14 5
Goals
0
0
Total Shots
17
9
Shots On Target
3
4
Passing Accuracy
84%
81%
Fouls
10
12
Corners
10
2
Offsides
4
2
Bookings
3
0
Sending Offs
0
0
Chelsea (4-2-3-1)
  • 1Petr Cech
  • 28César Azpilicueta
  • 2Branislav Ivanovic
  • 4David Luiz
  • 3Ashley Cole
  • 7Ramires
  • 6Oriol Romeu
  • 17Eden Hazard
  • 11Oscar
  • 34Ryan Bertrand
  • 9Fernando Torres
Substitutes
  • 22Ross Turnbull
  • 19Paulo Ferreira
  • 24Gary Cahill
  • 10Juan Mata
  • 12John Obi Mikel
  • 13Victor Moses
  • 21Marko Marin
Manager
  • Rafael Benitez
Fulham (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Mark Schwarzer
  • 27Sascha Riether
  • 4Philippe Senderos
  • 18Aaron Hughes
  • 3John Arne Riise
  • 16Damien Duff
  • 7Steve Sidwell
  • 19Mahamadou Diarra
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
  • 14Giorgos Karagounis
  • 9Dimitar Berbatov
Substitutes
  • 38Neil Etheridge
  • 2Stephen Kelly
  • 6Chris Baird
  • 8Pajtim Kasami
  • 21Kerim Frei
  • 24Ashkan Dejagah
  • 10Mladen Petric
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
  • Match ends, Chelsea 0, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+4' Second Half ends, Chelsea 0, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+3' Attempt missed. César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.
  • 90'+3' Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Damien Duff.
  • 90'+2' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Oriol Romeu.
  • 90'+2' Attempt blocked. John Arne Riise (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.
  • 90'+2' Attempt blocked. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Damien Duff.
  • 90'+1' Attempt blocked. Juan Mata (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 90'+1' Attempt blocked. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 89' Offside, Chelsea. Juan Mata tries a through ball, but Marko Marin is caught offside.
  • 88' Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Philippe Senderos.
  • 87' Attempt blocked. Marko Marin (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Cole.
  • 85' Offside, Chelsea. César Azpilicueta tries a through ball, but Fernando Torres is caught offside.
  • 84' Substitution, Fulham. Mladen Petric replaces Hugo Rodallega.
  • 82' Substitution, Chelsea. Marko Marin replaces Eden Hazard.
  • 82' Attempt blocked. Juan Mata (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Fernando Torres.
  • 81' Ramires (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 81' Foul by Damien Duff (Fulham).
  • 79' Attempt blocked. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Eden Hazard.
  • 79' Attempt blocked. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Juan Mata.
  • 78' Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).
  • 78' Kerim Frei (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 76' Offside, Fulham. John Arne Riise tries a through ball, but Hugo Rodallega is caught offside.
  • 75' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Petr Cech.
  • 75' Attempt saved. John Arne Riise (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kerim Frei.
  • 74' Attempt blocked. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 74' Substitution, Fulham. Kerim Frei replaces Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 73' David Luiz (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 73' Foul by David Luiz (Chelsea).
  • 73' Sascha Riether (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 71' César Azpilicueta (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 71' Foul by Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham).
  • 70' Oriol Romeu (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 70' Foul by Oriol Romeu (Chelsea).
  • 70' Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 70' Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Steve Sidwell.
  • 70' Attempt blocked. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Juan Mata.
  • 69' Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 69' Foul by John Arne Riise (Fulham).
  • 68' Attempt saved. Chris Baird (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steve Sidwell.
  • 68' Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.
  • 68' Foul by Oriol Romeu (Chelsea).
  • 68' Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 65' Attempt missed. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) with an attempt from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Juan Mata with a cross following a corner.
  • 65' Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Hugo Rodallega.
  • 64' Substitution, Fulham. Chris Baird replaces Mahamadou Diarra.
  • 63' Foul by David Luiz (Chelsea).
  • 63' Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 63' Substitution, Chelsea. Juan Mata replaces Ryan Bertrand.
  • 63' Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Sascha Riether.
  • 62' Attempt saved. Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov.
  • 62' Attempt blocked. Ashley Cole (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Oriol Romeu.
  • 61' Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Steve Sidwell.
  • 59' Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 59' Foul by Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham).
  • 56' Attempt saved. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand with a headed pass.
  • 55' Attempt missed. John Arne Riise (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 55' Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Steve Sidwell.
  • 55' Attempt blocked. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashley Cole.
  • 54' Offside, Fulham. Mahamadou Diarra tries a through ball, but Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside.
  • 51' Oriol Romeu (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 51' Foul by Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham).
  • 47' Attempt blocked. Oriol Romeu (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • Second Half begins Chelsea 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+1' First Half ends, Chelsea 0, Fulham 0.
  • 45' Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).
  • 45' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 42' Oriol Romeu (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 42' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 39' Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Giorgos Karagounis.
  • 38' Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by John Arne Riise.
  • 37' Attempt saved. Hugo Rodallega (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sascha Riether.
  • 35' Attempt blocked. Eden Hazard (Chelsea) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.
  • 34' Fernando Torres (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 34' Foul by Damien Duff (Fulham).
  • 31' Offside, Chelsea. Oriol Romeu tries a through ball, but Oscar is caught offside.
  • 30' Attempt saved. Fernando Torres (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by César Azpilicueta with a cross.
  • 29' Oriol Romeu (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 29' Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).
  • 26' Offside, Chelsea. Ryan Bertrand tries a through ball, but Fernando Torres is caught offside.
  • 25' Attempt missed. David Luiz (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
  • 24' Hand ball by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).
  • 18' Attempt missed. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by John Arne Riise with a cross.
  • 14' Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 14' Foul by Mahamadou Diarra (Fulham).
  • 12' Foul by Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea).
  • 12' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 12' Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Philippe Senderos.
  • 11' Foul by Eden Hazard (Chelsea).
  • 11' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 9' Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
  • 9' Oriol Romeu (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 9' John Arne Riise (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 9' Foul by Eden Hazard (Chelsea).
  • 6' Attempt missed. Ramires (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Eden Hazard.
  • 5' Foul by Fernando Torres (Chelsea).
  • 5' Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 2' Eden Hazard (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 2' Foul by Damien Duff (Fulham).
  • First Half begins.
  • Line-ups are announced and players are warming up.
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