Wednesday November 10, 2010 Day 12 Finished Stamford Bridge

Chelsea 1 - 0 Fulham

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  1. Chelsea ease past Fulham

    Chelsea ease past Fulham

    Michael Essien scored the only goal as Chelsea registered a 1-0 victory over Fulham in their Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge. More

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    Time:90'
    • Chelsea
    • Fulham
    • 90+5' There goes the final whistle! Controversial ending, with Essien recieving his marching orders. He didn't catch Dempsey full on the leg - getting a big chunk of the ball - but you just can't jump into a challenge like that. What was he thinking?
    • 90+4' RED CARD! MICHAEL ESSIEN IS OFF! Madness, utter madness. The goalscorer jumps in two-footed on Dempsey, and gets a straight red.
    • 90+3' Cech eventually hoofs the ball upfield, with one minute left
    • 90+2' Fulham are still pressing admirably, but a high foot from Dembele gives Chelsea a freekick on the edge of their area. Suprisingly enough, Cech's in no rush to take it
    • 90' There will be four minutes of injury time. Time enough for Fulham to find that equaliser - they've certainly done more to earn it in this second half!
    • 89' I'm sure that substitution is more precautionary than anything, Bosingwa recovered from that bosh to the head in a matter of seconds. Ferreira in to help keep the ship steady
    • 88' Chelsea sub: Bosingwa off, Paulo Ferreira on
    • 87' Bosingwa seems ok, Chelsea have a throw on the left
    • 85' Bosingwa and Dempsey go up for a high ball in the middle, and the Portuguese gets Dempsey's elbow flush in the face. He looks a bit groggy. Chelsea sub: Kalou off, Sturridge on
    • 84' It's looped in, ends up with Dempsey who goes for an overhead kick! Cech watches it wide of his right post, but a decent effort nonetheless. It's all Fulham now, will they punish Chelsea for all those missed chances?
    • 83' That was a rasping volley from Gera, but just too close to Cech. Fulham have a freekick 40 yards out now
    • 83' Fulham launch a long ball into the Chelsea box, Terry heads clear. The ball drops to GERA ON THE VOLLEY! CRACKING SAVE!
    • 82' Drogba stands over it, and SHOOTS! It's on target, but too central and too slow, and Schwarzer holds onto it
    • 81' Freekick Chelsea, 30 yards out
    • 80' Fulham sub: Matthew Briggs off, Zoltan Gera on
    • 79' Drogba finds a rare yard of space in the left of the area, and drills a shot a couple of yards past Schwarzer's right post. The visitors are about to make another change
    • 78' Chelsea sub: Malouda off, Ramires on
    • 77' Duff receives the ball in the centre-circle, and promptly gets Bosingwa's boot down the back of his leg. Yellow card for the Portuguese full-back
    • 76' Malouda tries to free Drogba from the halfway line, but Hughes deals with it comfortably (despite an elbow in the back!)
    • 75' Cole has the ball on the left touchline now, plays inside to Malouda who gives the ball away with a sloppy pass behind Zhirkov
    • 74' Johnson challenges Terry on the right wing, but gives him a bit of a shove and concedes a freekick
    • 73' He reaches 25 yards out and SHOOTS! BRILLIANT SAVE! Dempsey's shot was dipping and swerving towards the top-right corner, but the Chelsea keeper just gets his left hand to it and tips the shot over
    • 72' Fulham back on the ball, Dempsey carrying it forwards from the halfway line
    • 71' Duff goes to cross it, but Hangeland climbs all over Drogba and it's a blue freekick
    • 70' Meanwhile, Duff breaks up the other end and earns a freekick 25 yards out
    • 69' How close can Chelsea get? The Ghanaian just could react in time to turn Bosingwa's shot into the net, and it bobbled past Schwarzer's left-hand post
    • 68' Bosingwa drills the ball back across the face of goal to ESSIEN! HE MISSES FROM 3 YARDS OUT!
    • 67' The balls pings around the box, and falls to MALOUDA! SAVED BY SCHWARZER! The ball is cleared to the edge of the area, and fired back towards goal but Schwarzer saves again, but only as far as Bosingwa on the right...
    • 66' Muted penalty claims as Malouda goes down under a robust challenge from Schwarzer in the area, but you rarely see those given. Hughes then shrugs Drogba aside and concedes a corner...
    • 65' Kalou again unlocks the defence on a jinking run into the area, but he takes the ball straight out of play for a goal kick. Briliant build-up play from the young Ivorian, but absolutely no end product so far.
    • 64' Essien's injury was a knee to the bum, by the way, under Etuhu's aerial challenge. Looked painful.
    • 63' Schwarzer isn't too happy as Drogba thumps the drop-ball out for a throw deep in the Fulham half, Chelsea don't chase it though
    • 62' Fulham sub: Etuhu off, Johnson on
    • 61' The ref pulls play back, and it looks like a clash of heads between Essien and Dickson Etuhu . No malice, but a good enough break for Andrew Johnson to get ready to come on!
    • 60' Duff with the ball on the left, but Essien is down in the middle clutching his head...
    • 59' Cole charges down the left wing to try and reel in a long, high ball. He can't reach it though, and that's a goal kick
    • 58' Dembele swings in a cross from the right towards Dempsey, but Terry is there to head clear. Andrew Johnson is warming up on the sidelines for Fulham...
    • 57' Drogba does what Drogba does best, sending Murphy flying as he storms through the centre of the pitch. His shot from range is blocked, and Schwarzer gathers
    • 56' That's three gilt-edged chances for Kalou, who looked a bit miffed as another opportunity passed him by. Credit to the Ivorian though - it was a cracking run
    • 55' Kalou has the ball in the middle of the pitch now, and runs at Briggs. He skips through the left-back and Hangeland, and he's one on one with Schwarzer! The keeper gets just enough on Kalou's shot to stun the shot, and Hughes gets back just in time to clear the ball off the line!
    • 53' Ashley Cole hares away again on the overlap, but his low cross into the area is cleared
    • 52' Terry carries the ball across the halfway line for Chelsea, and Zhirkov has it wide left
    • 51' Fulham have a throw deep in their own half
    • 50' Ooof, Essien clatters into Dempsey with a high boot (I'm talking waist height) in the middle of the pitch, and gets a yellow card
    • 49' Chelsea attack up the left flank again, but the quick ball inside decieves everyone and Fulham regain possession
    • 48' Dembele overruns the ball in the middle of the Chelsea half, and Terry intercepts
    • 47' Ivanovic goes for an early ball over the top to Kalou, but it cannons off the back of the Ivorian's head. Fulham on the ball...
    • 46' Drogba is back on - Ancelotti clearing thinking that the Ivorian still has something to offer this match. Meanwhile, Mikel is clattered in the middle of the park under a high ball
    • 45' We're back underway at Stamford Bridge!
    • - It's far from vintage so far, but Chelsea are chipping away at Fulham, and could be 3-0 up by now. Drogba's been very, very quiet, don't be surprised if he makes way at half-time
    • 45+1' Ashley Cole enters the box from the left wing, but is denied a shooting opportunity by a tremendous sliding tackle. The referee blows for half-time
    • 45' We'll have one minute of injury time
    • 44' Patient stuff from the Blues, with Fulham chasing shadows again. Malouda picks out yet another perfect low cross from the left after Essien's layoff. Drogba just fails to reach it under pressure from Briggs
    • 43' Fulham's defence is looking decidedly shakey now, allowing Bosingwa to cut inside from the right, and pick out a looping shot with his left boot. It's tame, and wide, but he was given far too much space
    • 42' Oooh Zhirkov picks out a lovely through ball to Kalou on the left, who holds off Matt Briggs and should score! MISSED AGAIN! Kalou drags his shot across the face of goal and past Schwarzer's right post! He did everything right, but missed the target again!
    • 42' Malouda on the ball again, wide left. He picks out Kalou UNMARKED IN THE AREA! MISSED! The ball hits Kalou's standing leg some five yards out, and he's missed a sitter!
    • 41' It's touched inside to Malouda, who shakes off the attention of his marker and SHOOTS! Well saved by Schwarzer, diving low to his right to keep out the fizzing shot
    • 41' Chelsea have the ball on the halfway line, and swing the ball left to Cole
    • 40' Fulham have looked pretty impressive on the ball at times, they just haven't managed to find the killer pass yet. If they can sort out the final ball, they'll give Chelsea some problems here
    • 39' The move breaks down quickly, and suddenly Fulham storm back up the other end with numbers. Dembele has the ball 35 yards out, with the Chelsea defence in full retreat, but the final ball is easily intercepted.
    • 38' Chelsea get it clear, and hoof the ball forwards
    • 37' Etuhu gets a head on the ball in, and Mikel plays safe with a backwards header for another corner
    • 36' Fulham with a neat spell of possession here. Dembele tries to play Dempsey into the box, but Terry clears for a throw deep in Chelsea's half
    • 35' They've not done much wrong at all so far, Fulham, but Chelsea have really made them pay for that momentary lapse of concentration in defence. Cue mandatory shot of Roman Abramovic looking bored in the directors' box
    • 34' Decent run from the Fulham striker, jinking right and left, but he takes a touch too many and is swiftly engulfed by a Blue swarm
    • 33' Fulham look for an immediate reply, and Dembele has the ball some 25 yards from goal
    • 32' Drogba is down in the box, having seemingly taken a knock on that second freekick. He's up and running, and will surely be back on soon
    • 31' GOAL! 1-0 CHELSEA! Kalou swings in a peach of a cross, and Michael Essien rises unmarked to head in from five yards!
    • 30' The ball goes all the way through to the left wing, where Kalou gathers
    • 29' Stung the palms of Schwarzer! The keeper bats it away, and Mikel is scythed down on the right touchline for another freekick
    • 28' End to end stuff this, Chelsea get a freekick wide right, and Drogba's standing over it...
    • 27' He dinks the ball over the to towards Dembele, but puts too much on it and it's out for a Chelsea ball
    • 26' Fulham counter, and Davies has the ball on the edge of the Chelsea area
    • 25' Malouda passes to Zhirkov 20 yards out, before the Russian plays forwards to Drogba' The Ivorian muscles his marker off the ball on his way into the box, can he square it?! No, the ref blows for a foul against the big striker
    • 24' Drogba finally gets a touch on the ball, but he's 25 yards out and under pressure. his shot cannons into the air off Dempsey and Schwarzer gathers it under his crossbar
    • 23' This is a disciplined performance from Fulham so far, with Chelsea struggling to get the ball to Drogba. Mikel's long-range shot is the first on target of the match for the Blues, which will please Mark Hughes no end!
    • 22' Zhirkov runs along the left, and plays the ball inside. Mikel drives the ball sweetly from 25 yards out but Schwarzer gets his palms behind it. That would've stung a bit!
    • 21' Easily cleared in the middle of the box, and Chelsea break
    • 20' Dempsy retreats to retrieve a short ball, and Terry comes flying out of the box to challenge him. Freekick Fulham some 45 yards out
    • 20' The Irishman swings in a cross to the far post, which Dempsey just about reaches but with no one in support, and Chelsea clear
    • 19' Better from Fulham. Danny Murphy picks a pass wide left under pressure on the halfway line, and Duff recieves it right on the left touchline
    • 18' Dempsey and Etuhu try to put some pressure on Mikel, but their harrying is half-hearted to say the least
    • 16' Chelsea with the ball in their own half, passing across the defence
    • 15' Dickson Etuhu muscles his way onto the ball in the middle of the park, before quickly lofting the ball towards Clint Dempsey. It's too long, and Cech gathers
    • 14' Terry picks up the ball on the left wing, but Drogba's attempted one-two with the defender on the halfway line sees the ball trickle out for a throw
    • 13' The visitors finally get to see a bit of the ball, before Terry steams in and whips it away from Dembele. As you were, then
    • 10' Fulham are chasing shadows at the Bridge, with the hosts in complete control of possession
    • 9' Zhirkov is working hard at the moment, picking out Drogba but again the linesman's flag is up
    • 8' Zhirkov lookd to pick out Ashley Cole on the overlap, but the linesman's flag is already up
    • 7' Dembele brings down Terry for a Chelsea freekick deep in their own half
    • 6' Fulham catch Chelsea napping, but Moussa Dembele's attempt to counter is easily stifled by a throng of blue shirts
    • 5' It's all Chelsea in the early stages, with the hosts repeatedly trying to find Drogba
    • 5' It's cleared for another corner, which Schwarzer then flaps at under pressure from Terry. The ball won't sit up for the Chelsea captain though, and the hosts clear their lines
    • 4' Schwarzer scrambles to keep a delected long-range shot from going out for a corner, but can't reach it in time. First corner of the night, for Chelsea
    • 3' Bosingwa gets into an advanced position on the right, but his low ball in is easily cleared by Aaron Hughes
    • 2' The Blues move the ball wide left, and Danny Murphy clears for a throw
    • 1' Off we go! Chelsea get us underway, playing from right to left, and Terry immediately slips over when the ball is knocked back to him.
    • 19:40 The players are out on the pitch, we're five minutes away from kick-off at Stamford Bridge!
    • 19:35 And here's what former Chelsea legend Mark Hughes has to say about tonight's match
    • 19:30 Here's what Drogba had to say about his recent Malaria woes
    • 19:25 Martin Atkinson is the man with the whistle tonight.
    • 19:20 Mark Hughes hasn't sprung any surprises with his team selection, with Fulham's impressive Mexican defender Carlos Salcido sidelined for three weeks with an ankle injury, and defender Chris Baird also out of action for 10 days with a thigh tear.
    • 19:18 STAT: Kudos to OptaJoe on Twitter for this dazzler - '31 - Fulham have won none of their last 31 Premier League London derbies away from home. Neighbourly'
    • 19:16 So, as expected Drogba starts, but Nicolas Anelka has failed to recover from a back problem. Alex has also failed to recover in time (back), forcing Carlo Ancelotti to move Branislav Ivanovic to centre-back alongside Terry, with Jose Bosingwa coming into the starting XI at right back. Salomon Kalou replaces Anelka.
    • 19:15 Here's the teams! CHELSEA: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Essien, Mikel, Zhirkov, Kalou, Drogba, Malouda. Subs: Turnbull, Ramires, Ferreira, Sturridge, Bruma, Kakuta, McEachran //// FULHAM: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, Briggs, Davies, Murphy, Etuhu, Duff, Dempsey, Dembele. Subs: Stockdale, Pantsil, Andrew Johnson, Gera, Eddie Johnson, Dikgacoi, Greening.
    • 19:15 STAT: Brede Hangeland has already scored as many goals this season (2) as he had in his previous three put together at Fulham in the Premier League. Danger man?
    • 19:11 STAT: Chelsea have lost only three of their last 125 Premier League home games, while Fulham have won only four of their last 43 Premier League away games.
    • 19:10 STAT: The Pensioners have not conceded a goal in the last 781 minutes of Premier League football at Stamford Bridge, and have won 15 and lost one of their last 16 Premier League matches at home.
    • 19:06 STAT: Didier Drogba has scored in each of his last three appearances against Fulham (and the Ivorian powerhouse is set to start tonight's match despite suffering from malaria! One word: hero)
    • 19:05 It's the moment you've all been waiting for... Stat time! Chelsea have won five and lost none of the last eight Premier League meetings with Fulham.
    • 19:00 Good evening and welcome to our live text commentary of tonight's West London derby! Chelsea host Fulham in a must-win Premier League match at 19:45 (GMT), after the Blue Express ground to a halt at Anfield on Sunday.
  • Summary

    • 90+4' RED CARD! MICHAEL ESSIEN IS OFF! Madness, utter madness. The goalscorer jumps in two-footed on Dempsey, and gets a straight red.
    • 83' Fulham launch a long ball into the Chelsea box, Terry heads clear. The ball drops to GERA ON THE VOLLEY! CRACKING SAVE!
    • 73' He reaches 25 yards out and SHOOTS! BRILLIANT SAVE! Dempsey's shot was dipping and swerving towards the top-right corner, but the Chelsea keeper just gets his left hand to it and tips the shot over
    • 68' Bosingwa drills the ball back across the face of goal to ESSIEN! HE MISSES FROM 3 YARDS OUT!
    • 67' The balls pings around the box, and falls to MALOUDA! SAVED BY SCHWARZER! The ball is cleared to the edge of the area, and fired back towards goal but Schwarzer saves again, but only as far as Bosingwa on the right...
    • 55' Kalou has the ball in the middle of the pitch now, and runs at Briggs. He skips through the left-back and Hangeland, and he's one on one with Schwarzer! The keeper gets just enough on Kalou's shot to stun the shot, and Hughes gets back just in time to clear the ball off the line!
    • 42' Oooh Zhirkov picks out a lovely through ball to Kalou on the left, who holds off Matt Briggs and should score! MISSED AGAIN! Kalou drags his shot across the face of goal and past Schwarzer's right post! He did everything right, but missed the target again!
    • 42' Malouda on the ball again, wide left. He picks out Kalou UNMARKED IN THE AREA! MISSED! The ball hits Kalou's standing leg some five yards out, and he's missed a sitter!
    • 31' GOAL! 1-0 CHELSEA! Kalou swings in a peach of a cross, and Michael Essien rises unmarked to head in from five yards!
    • 29' Stung the palms of Schwarzer! The keeper bats it away, and Mikel is scythed down on the right touchline for another freekick
    • 19:15 Here's the teams! CHELSEA: Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Essien, Mikel, Zhirkov, Kalou, Drogba, Malouda. Subs: Turnbull, Ramires, Ferreira, Sturridge, Bruma, Kakuta, McEachran //// FULHAM: Schwarzer, Kelly, Hangeland, Hughes, Briggs, Davies, Murphy, Etuhu, Duff, Dempsey, Dembele. Subs: Stockdale, Pantsil, Andrew Johnson, Gera, Eddie Johnson, Dikgacoi, Greening.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • P. Cech
      • J. Bosingwa Substitution Out (89′)
      • B. Ivanovic
      • J. Terry
      • A. Cole Yellow Card
      • J. Mikel
      • M. Essien Goal Red Card
      • Y. Zhirkov
      • S. Kalou Substitution Out (85′)
      • F. Malouda Substitution Out (78′)
      • D. Drogba

      Subs

      • Paulo Ferreira Substitution In89′
      • R. Turnbull
      • D. Sturridge Substitution In85′
      • Ramires Substitution In78′
      • G. Kakuta
      • J. Bruma
      • J. McEachran
    • Starting line-up

      • M. Schwarzer
      • S. Kelly
      • A. Hughes
      • B. Hangeland
      • M. Briggs Substitution Out (79′)
      • D. Murphy
      • D. Etuhu Substitution Out (62′)
      • S. Davies
      • D. Duff
      • C. Dempsey
      • M. Dembélé

      Subs

      • J. Greening
      • Z. Gera Substitution In79′
      • E. Johnson
      • K. Dikgacoi
      • D. Stockdale
      • A. Johnson Substitution In62′
      • J. Pantsil
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