Mason Mount broke Fulham hearts as his late strike secured all three factors for Chelsea in a 1-Zero win at Craven Cottage.
The west London derby was a good and turgid affair, with Scott Parker’s facet lowered to 10 males after Antonee Robinson noticed pink for a rash problem on Cesar Azpilicueta.
Regardless of having to play greater than 45 minutes with ten males, the Cottagers displayed the kind of resilience which is slowly however absolutely beginning to praise their robust attacking play.
Nonetheless, the impasse was lastly damaged on the banks of the Thames with little greater than ten minutes remaining when Ben Chilwell’s cross was palmed away by Alphonse Areola straight into Mount’s path to volley dwelling.
Frank Lampard’s facet transfer as much as seventh within the desk after claiming a significant three factors, to maintain the stress on the likes of Tottenham, Everton and Leicester within the race for the Champions League locations.
For Fulham, they continue to be within the relegation locations after their ninth defeat of the season and face a frightening go to to Outdated Trafford on Wednesday night.
At the beginning of the second half, Chelsea appeared to capitalise on their numerical benefit and press ahead as Fulham have been compelled again into their very own third.
Nonetheless, the house facet dug in and have been in a position to make blocks and key challenges to disclaim the guests any clear-cut alternatives.
The Cottagers had their very own probability to interrupt when Ola Aina ran down the wing earlier than reducing into the center to get his shot away from outdoors the realm however his effort went over the bar.
Tammy Abraham examined Areola with a header simply moments after approaching, and Christian Pulisic was near tapping within the opener from a well-weighted cross from the fitting nevertheless it was simply too far in entrance of him.
Chelsea finally benefited from their man-advantage and have been capable of finding a approach by way of the resolute Fulham defence when the ball fell to Mount within the space, who fired it previous Areola to interrupt the impasse for Lampard’s males.
Ben Chilwell despatched in a cross from the left and Areola determined to palm it away however as a substitute despatched it again into play, the place it fell to the England worldwide who drove low and into the again of the online to safe all three factors.