4th of March 2019

Blues get all three points from SW6 Derby (1-2)

It is derby delight for Chelsea as Blues win away in the Premier League for the first time in 2019, to follow up a midweek victory over other local rivals Tottenham and move five points behind the third-placed north Londoners with a game in hand. We remain sixth.

Gonzalo Higuain scored for the first time in an away Premier League game to set Chelsea on their way in today’s first half at Craven Cottage, and although relegation-threatened Fulham equalised soon after from a corner, Jorginho netted for the first time in open play for Chelsea to restore the lead.

Higuain could have had a second before the end of a first half in which his side had created the lion’s share of the chances, but was thwarted by good goalkeeping. The second half proved more closely balanced and goalless, as Fulham, for the first time under the management of Scott Parker, grew stronger. It needed a sharp save from the restored Kepa Arrizabalaga close to the end to preserve the win.

Pedro came into the game on the final stage as the Spaniard replaced Hazard 16 minutes from the end of the game. These were an important three points and with a home game to come next in the Premier League (after the home leg of our Europa League tie), the chance is there to maintain pressure on the teams above.

 

- Match stats:

Chelsea (4-3-3): Kepa; Azpilicueta (c), Rudiger, Christensen, Emerson; Kante, Jorginho (Kovacic 68), Barkley (Loftus-Cheek 78) Willian, Higuain, Hazard (Pedro 74).

Scorers Higuain 20, Jorginho 31

Booked Jorginho 61

Fulham (4-2-3-1): Rico; Odoi, Nordtveit, Ream, Bryan; Chambers, McDonald (Anguissa 62); Babel (Ayite 71), Cairney (c) (Vietto 80), Sessegnon; Mitrovic.

Scorer Chambers 28

Booked Chambers 22. McDonald 51

Referee Graham Scott

Crowd 24,900

- Match report by chelseafc.com


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