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Michael Essien gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clinton Dempsey. Red card for Michael Essien. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Simon Davies on Mikel. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
Simon Davies crosses the ball, clearance by John Terry.
The ball is delivered by Stephen Kelly, Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.
Jose Bosingwa leaves the field to be replaced by Paulo Ferreira.
Didier Drogba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Damien Duff. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
Salomon Kalou leaves the field to be replaced by Daniel Sturridge.
Clinton Dempsey has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Zoltan Gera produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 20 yards. Save by Petr Cech. Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikel on Simon Davies. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Damien Duff from right channel, Didier Drogba manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Damien Duff on Salomon Kalou. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Didier Drogba, Mark Schwarzer makes a comfortable save.
Effort from deep inside the area by Didier Drogba misses to the left of the goal. (Fulham) makes a substitution, with Zoltan Gera coming on for Matthew Briggs.
Michael Essien produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal. Ramires comes on in place of Florent Malouda.
Ashley Cole concedes a free kick for a foul on Damien Duff. Ashley Cole goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Aaron Hughes takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Salomon Kalou by Brede Hangeland. Free kick taken by Mikel.
Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Brilliant save by Petr Cech. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Simon Davies, save made by Petr Cech.
Moussa Dembele challenges Mikel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Essien.
John Terry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Damien Duff. Damien Duff delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Foul by Brede Hangeland on Didier Drogba, free kick awarded. Petr Cech takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Yury Zhirkov played to the near post, Florent Malouda takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer. Shot from 25 yards by Mikel. Save by Mark Schwarzer. Salomon Kalou delivers the ball, Effort from inside the area by Michael Essien misses to the right of the goal.
Shot from 18 yards from Didier Drogba. Clearance made by Aaron Hughes.
Shot from just outside the box by Michael Essien goes over the bar.
Centre by Didier Drogba, save made by Mark Schwarzer.
Andrew Johnson replaces Dickson Etuhu.
Simon Davies challenges Michael Essien unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Yury Zhirkov.
Stephen Kelly produces a cross, John Terry manages to make a clearance.
Jose Bosingwa fouled by Danny Murphy, the ref awards a free kick. Mikel takes the free kick.
Didier Drogba challenges Brede Hangeland unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
The ball is crossed by Yury Zhirkov, Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.
Damien Duff is caught offside. Petr Cech takes the indirect free kick.
The official flags Clinton Dempsey offside. Petr Cech takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Briggs by Jose Bosingwa. Free kick crossed right-footed by Danny Murphy from left wing, Michael Essien manages to make a clearance.
Michael Essien challenges Clinton Dempsey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Essien receives a caution. Brede Hangeland takes the free kick.
Damien Duff delivers the ball, comfortable save by Petr Cech.
Clinton Dempsey concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikel. Jose Bosingwa takes the direct free kick.
Centre by Florent Malouda, Matthew Briggs manages to make a clearance.
Foul by Stephen Kelly on Florent Malouda, free kick awarded. Florent Malouda takes the direct free kick.
Shot from outside the area by Jose Bosingwa misses to the left of the goal.
The ball is sent over by Damien Duff, Branislav Ivanovic gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Damien Duff, clearance by Didier Drogba.
Salomon Kalou produces a right-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
The ball is sent over by Florent Malouda, Salomon Kalou produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.
Florent Malouda takes a shot. Comfortable save by Mark Schwarzer.
Corner taken by Damien Duff, Didier Drogba manages to make a clearance. Centre by Damien Duff, Dickson Etuhu takes a shot. Clearance made by Michael Essien. Corner taken short by Simon Davies.
John Terry fouled by Dickson Etuhu, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Essien takes the free kick.
Foul by Jose Bosingwa on Matthew Briggs, free kick awarded. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Simon Davies on Yury Zhirkov. John Terry takes the direct free kick.
Michael Essien finds the back of the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty box. Chelsea 1-0 Fulham.Salomon Kalou provided the assist for the goal.
Matthew Briggs concedes a free kick for a foul on Salomon Kalou. Didier Drogba produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, save by Mark Schwarzer. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Essien by Damien Duff. Mikel delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by Clinton Dempsey.
Didier Drogba challenges Aaron Hughes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick.
Mikel fouled by Clinton Dempsey, the ref awards a free kick. Jose Bosingwa restarts play with the free kick.
Didier Drogba takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
The ball is crossed by Jose Bosingwa, clearance by Simon Davies.
Mikel takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.
Matthew Briggs takes a shot. Comfortable save by Petr Cech.
Foul by John Terry on Clinton Dempsey, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Danny Murphy, John Terry makes a clearance.
Damien Duff produces a cross, clearance by Ashley Cole.
Ashley Cole delivers the ball, clearance by Aaron Hughes.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Yury Zhirkov, John Terry takes a shot. Salomon Kalou crosses the ball, save made by Mark Schwarzer.
Didier Drogba produces a cross, Aaron Hughes makes a clearance. The ball is sent over by Michael Essien, Simon Davies manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dickson Etuhu by Mikel. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.
Moussa Dembele fouled by Jose Bosingwa, the ref awards a free kick. Dickson Etuhu restarts play with the free kick.
Didier Drogba is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Ashley Cole. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
Moussa Dembele challenges John Terry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Petr Cech.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Murphy by Yury Zhirkov. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
Michael Essien crosses the ball. Salomon Kalou delivers the ball, Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance. Michael Essien takes a shot. Blocked by Dickson Etuhu. Corner taken by Florent Malouda from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Aaron Hughes. Florent Malouda takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Brede Hangeland.
The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
The whistle is blown to end the first half.
The second half has started.
The match has reached full-time.
Chelsea have fresh injury doubts over defender Alex (knee) and Nicolas Anelka (back) in the run-up to the west London derby against Fulham at Stamford Bridge.
Midfielder Frank Lampard remains sidelined with a tendon problem but Michael Essien has recovered from the toe injury that kept him out of the Liverpool game on Sunday.
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba will play despite being diagnosed with a bout of malaria.
The 2-0 defeat at Liverpool has cut their lead at the top of the table to just two points, but boss Carlo Ancelotti is not pressing the panic button just yet.
"We didn't play well in the first half," conceded the Italian.
"We did in the second. Now we have to look forward.
"We can improve our position in the next two games and we hope to move on from the defeat against Liverpool.
"We have to be able to play 90 minutes with the same intensity, with the same power and personality. That's our aim in the next games.
"We are still at the top of the table and we know this gap can improve or go down, but it's important to stay at the top of the table.
"Manchester United have a derby. We have one against Fulham and we have to pay attention but, in theory, we have a possibility to win.
"I'm not thinking about losing. I'm thinking about winning. It's important we do to move on from the defeat."
Mexican defender Carlos Salcido will miss out for Fulham.
Salcido sidelined for three weeks with ankle ligament damage suffered in the 1-1 draw against Aston Villa at the weekend.
Fulham will also be missing defender Chris Baird who has suffered a thigh tear and is likely to be out for 10 days.
However, he could return for the match against Manchester City.
But while boss Mark Hughes accepts it will be a tough night he is confident his side can show the same character which saw them rescue a draw against Villa at the weekend with a late, late goal from Brede Hangeland.
Hughes said: "Chelsea have got a spine of players who have been there a long time and know what it takes to win Premier League games. They can bring from the bench similar quality. They have that strength of character you need to regularly win trophies.
"They have the mentality when they are not particularly playing well to still have the individual talent to win games.
"A draw at Stamford Bridge given our record against Chelsea is a good result but we would like to think we are capable of more.
"My side never know when they are beaten. They keep going to the end and that's what you want from your players."
Essien header enough for Chelsea
Michael Essien's first-half header was enough to give 10-man Chelsea a 1-0 victory over west London rivals Fulham and keep them top of the Barclays Premier League table.
Florent Malouda's pinpoint cross into the six-yard box was met firmly by the Ghanaian midfielder, who planted the ball into the bottom corner.
However, Essien was shown a red card in the final moment of injury-time for a two-footed lunge on Clint Dempsey.
Salomon Kalou wasted three gilt-edged chances to increase Chelsea's lead and the leaders had goalkeeper Petr Cech to thank late on when he tipped Dempsey's 25-yard shot over the bar.
Chelsea were quickly on top in the opening exchanges as Fulham struggled to get the ball off their hosts. The Blues earned a succession of corners but failed to take advantage of their early superiority.
In the 17th minute, Dempsey tried his luck from the edge of the penalty area 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 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.
Fulham left-back 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.
Chelsea should have added a second in the 55th minute Kalou when 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.
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