Blues edge derby to go four clear

Michael Essien scored and later saw red as Chelsea extended their lead in the Premier League with a 1-0 win over Fulham at Stamford Bridge.

Last Updated: 10/11/10 at 22:24 Post Comment

Essien: Celebrates his goal

Essien: Celebrates his goal

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Essien headed home on the half-hour mark to put Chelsea in front but was sent off in the final moment of injury-time for a two-footed lunge on Clint Dempsey.

It happened too late for Fulham but anything less than a win would have been harsh on the leaders, who missed numerous chances to kill the game off.

Salomon Kalou wasted three off them, gilt-edged, and was no doubt grateful to see Petr Cech tip Dempsey's 25-yard shot over the bar late on.

Chelsea had taken the iniative from the off, earning a succession of corners but failed to take advantage of their early superiority.

Dempsey tried his luck from the edge of the penalty area at the other end in the 17th minute but the ball was partially blocked by Chelsea captain John Terry, which allowed Cech to make an easy save.

Chelsea responded immediately but Kalou sent a cross straight into the arms of Mark Schwarzer as the Cottagers continued to frustrate the home side.

Fulham defender Matthew Briggs sent a low, 25-yard drive straight at Cech in the 22nd minute and then, moments later, Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi stung Schwarzer's hands with a rising drive from a similar distance.

Didier Drogba tested Schwarzer in the 28th minute with an angled 30-yard free-kick before Chelsea broke the deadlock on the half-hour when Kalou's cross was headed down and into the net by Essien.

The goal was scored while Drogba lay injured inside the penalty area and he required treatment before the game could restart.

Chelsea continued to threaten but the final ball was often poor, much to the consternation of coach Carlo Ancelotti on the touchline.

Five minutes before half-time Florent Malouda brought a fine save from Schwarzer and then seconds later Kalou was just a foot wide of the target when he burst into the area.

Briggs kept the visitors in the game when he cleared the ball off the toes of Kalou at the far post seconds before the interval but Chelsea should have added a second in the 55th minute when Kalou waltzed through the Fulham defence only to see his shot half-saved by Schwarzer.

That did enough to take the pace off the ball and, as it rolled towards the net, Aaron Hughes ran back to clear off the line.

Fulham replaced Dickson Etuhu in the 62nd minute with striker Andrew Johnson as they looked for a way back into the game. Etuhu's last action had been to put his knee into the back of Essien, who required lengthy treatment before continuing.

Essien recovered sufficiently to fire a 25-yard shot high into the crowd in the 66th minute.

Seconds later, Malouda nicked the ball off the toes of Schwarzer but Drogba's shot was cleared by Briggs with the goal at his mercy.

Chelsea continued to pile forward and Essien put Drogba clear but the Ivory Coast striker hesitated enough for Fulham to clear the danger.

Chelsea then had three successive chances to score. First Malouda's shot was saved by Schwarzer and then Mikel's shot on the rebound was again punched clear by the Fulham goalkeeper.

Finally, Branislav Ivanovic crossed for Hughes to clear as Drogba looked to score from six yards.

Fulham substitute Zoltan Gera was unlucky not to level the scores in the 82nd minute when his 20-yard volley had to be punched clear by Cech.

And Chelsea's evening was marred by a straight red for Essien for a two-footed lunge on Dempsey in the final minute of injury time.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Monday, 20 October 2014
20:00
W Brom 2-2 Man Utd Report
Sunday, 19 October 2014
16:00
Stoke 2-1 Swansea Report
13:30
QPR 2-3 Liverpool Report
Saturday, 18 October 2014
15:00
Arsenal 2-2 Hull City Report
Burnley 1-3 West Ham Report
C Palace 1-2 Chelsea Report
Everton 3-0 A Villa Report
Newcastle 1-0 Leicester Report
So'ton 8-0 S'land Report
12:45
Man City 4-1 Tottenham Report

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 8 15 22
2 Man City 8 10 17
3 So'ton 8 14 16
4 West Ham 8 4 13
5 Liverpool 8 1 13
6 Man Utd 8 3 12
7 Arsenal 8 2 11
8 Swansea 8 1 11
9 Tottenham 8 -1 11
10 Stoke 8 -1 11
11 Hull City 8 0 10
12 A Villa 8 -8 10
13 Everton 8 0 9
14 W Brom 8 -1 9
15 Leicester 8 -2 9
16 C Palace 8 -3 8
17 S'land 8 -7 8
18 Newcastle 8 -6 7
19 Burnley 8 -9 4
20 QPR 8 -12 4

Updated Tue, 21 Oct 2014

Footer 365

Sky Bet League One: Bristol City held, by Bradford City Peterborough lose at Crewe

Bristol City were held by Bradford, but the 2-2 draw saw the Robins set a new club record for league games unbeaten.

Derby go top, Forest draw at Watford

Chris Martin's 81st-minute penalty sent Derby to the top of the league after the Rams grabbed a 1-0 win over Blackpool.

Champions League: Schalke leave it late to beat Sporting Lisbon 4-3

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored a 92nd-minute penalty to earn Schalke a 4-3 win over Sporting Lisbon in Group G.

Mail Box

Are There Any Happy Fans Out There?

It seems as if Chelsea, West Ham and Southampton are the only content supporters right now. We have more doom and gloom for you. Who wants good news, eh..?

Is Van Gaal Just A Dutch Pardew?

A Mailbox of comparisons. Van Gaal is similar to Pardew, Wenger to Moyes, Van Persie to a spent force, and Pelle to a bloody gent. There's also plenty from last night...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property