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  • Date:14 Feb 2011
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Craven Cottage
  • Attendance:25,685
Goal!

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93:32 +3.32

Effort on goal by Clint Dempsey from inside the box misses to the right of the target. John Terry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Davies. Simon Davies takes the free kick.

92:14 +2.14

Marinho David Luiz gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Clint Dempsey. Penalty taken by Clint Dempsey saved by Petr Cech. Fulham 0-0 Chelsea.

90:42 +0.42

Zoltan Gera shown a yellow card. Free kick awarded for a foul by Zoltan Gera on Branislav Ivanovic. Marinho David Luiz restarts play with the free kick.

89:36

Simon Davies has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.

88:12

The ball is crossed by Carlos Salcido.

87:17

Foul by Michael Essien on Eidur Gudjohnsen, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.

86:00

Didier Drogba produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

85:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Damien Duff by Didier Drogba. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.

84:55

Eidur Gudjohnsen challenges Michael Essien unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michael Essien restarts play with the free kick.

84:18

Header from deep inside the area by Salomon Kalou goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

83:17

Branislav Ivanovic fouled by Zoltan Gera, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Florent Malouda from right wing, clearance made by Brede Hangeland.

82:02

Eidur Gudjohnsen joins the action as a substitute, replacing Moussa Dembele. Zoltan Gera comes on in place of Danny Murphy.

81:46

Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.

81:25

Ramires takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.

80:15

The ball is sent over by Didier Drogba.

77:24

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Frank Lampard from the left by-line. Frank Lampard sends in a cross.

76:18

Michael Essien takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.

74:27

The ball is sent over by Chris Baird, clearance made by John Terry.

73:04

Andrew Johnson leaves the field to be replaced by Simon Davies.

72:51

Ramires takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

72:22

Frank Lampard takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a save.

71:34

Corner taken by Frank Lampard from the right by-line, clearance by Clint Dempsey.

70:21

(Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Didier Drogba coming on for Fernando Torres.

69:46

Corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda, Header from deep inside the area by Marinho David Luiz goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

69:26

Unfair challenge on Salomon Kalou by Carlos Salcido results in a free kick. Marinho David Luiz takes the free kick.

68:08

Marinho David Luiz takes a shot.

67:51

The ball is sent over by Ashley Cole, Carlos Salcido manages to make a clearance.

66:17

Florent Malouda has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.

64:53

(Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Salomon Kalou coming on for Nicolas Anelka.

63:34

Corner taken by Florent Malouda from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Chris Baird.

63:23

Nicolas Anelka takes a shot. Blocked by Brede Hangeland.

63:06

Carlos Salcido takes a shot. Petr Cech makes a save.

60:14

Carlos Salcido sends in a cross, clearance made by Marinho David Luiz.

58:59

Danny Murphy takes the inswinging corner, Frank Lampard manages to make a clearance.

56:46

Fernando Torres concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlos Salcido. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.

54:34

Florent Malouda sends in a cross, Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance.

53:28

Ramires takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.

52:02

Shot by Florent Malouda missed to the right of the target.

50:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve Sidwell by Ramires. Brede Hangeland takes the indirect free kick. The offside flag is raised against Andrew Johnson. Free kick taken by Marinho David Luiz.

49:57

Effort from the edge of the area by Fernando Torres goes wide of the right-hand upright.

49:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicolas Anelka by Brede Hangeland. Direct free kick taken by Marinho David Luiz.

49:22

Carlos Salcido produces a cross, Marinho David Luiz manages to make a clearance.

46:36

Centre by Ramires, Fernando Torres produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

45:06 +0.06

The assistant referee signals for offside against Florent Malouda. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.

44:32

Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Blocked by Ramires.

44:03

Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.

43:24

Nicolas Anelka produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.

42:20

Steve Sidwell receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Steve Sidwell on Michael Essien, free kick awarded. Marinho David Luiz takes the free kick.

41:50

Carlos Salcido delivers the ball.

37:38

Branislav Ivanovic receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Unfair challenge on Moussa Dembele by Branislav Ivanovic results in a free kick. Danny Murphy has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save made by Petr Cech.

36:39

The ball is crossed by Steve Sidwell, Michael Essien makes a clearance.

36:30

Chris Baird produces a cross, clearance made by John Terry.

35:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Essien by Moussa Dembele. Michael Essien takes the direct free kick.

32:59

The official flags Nicolas Anelka offside. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.

32:11

Corner from the right by-line taken by Frank Lampard, Header from close in by Branislav Ivanovic misses to the left of the goal.

31:44

Branislav Ivanovic takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.

31:00

Florent Malouda takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.

30:09

Carlos Salcido has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

29:19

Moussa Dembele produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

28:22

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clint Dempsey by Ramires. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.

27:44

Branislav Ivanovic sends in a cross, Frank Lampard produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.

26:10

Ashley Cole gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Damien Duff. Free kick crossed right-footed by Chris Baird, save by Petr Cech.

24:51

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff, save by Petr Cech.

24:43

Damien Duff produces a cross, Ashley Cole gets a block in.

23:57

Damien Duff takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech.

21:36

Corner taken by Danny Murphy, save made by Petr Cech.

20:47

Branislav Ivanovic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clint Dempsey. Carlos Salcido restarts play with the free kick.

19:41

Chris Baird takes a shot. Blocked by John Terry.

16:28

Frank Lampard takes a shot. Blocked by Brede Hangeland. Ramires takes a shot. Carlos Salcido gets a block in. Florent Malouda takes the outswinging corner, Foul by Branislav Ivanovic on Brede Hangeland, free kick awarded. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.

14:19

Ramires gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carlos Salcido. Free kick taken by Carlos Salcido.

13:57

Branislav Ivanovic produces a cross, Steve Sidwell makes a clearance.

12:38

Andrew Johnson takes a shot. John Terry gets a block in.

12:10

A cross is delivered by Chris Baird, save by Petr Cech.

10:21

Fernando Torres gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Hughes. Mark Schwarzer takes the indirect free kick.

9:23

Long range effort from Frank Lampard misses to the left of the target.

8:44

Branislav Ivanovic delivers the ball, Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.

6:38

Unfair challenge on Florent Malouda by Chris Baird results in a free kick. Ashley Cole takes the free kick.

5:39

Corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff from the right by-line, clearance made by Ashley Cole.

5:27

Andrew Johnson takes a shot. Blocked by Marinho David Luiz.

3:07

Branislav Ivanovic fouled by Clint Dempsey, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Petr Cech.

2:48

The assistant referee signals for offside against Fernando Torres. Chris Baird takes the indirect free kick.

1:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marinho David Luiz by Andrew Johnson. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.

Match Preview

Mark Hughes expects Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres to flourish together but has warned Chelsea the partnership will take time to blossom.

The Blues' £74million strike force will start together for the second time in Monday night's west London derby at Craven Cottage. Expectations of the duo are high following Torres' £50million transfer from Liverpool and Hughes believes they will deliver, but not overnight.

"I expect them to gel together. They are good players so it will be interesting to see how the team shapes up," said the Fulham boss.

"In the last few years with all its success, Chelsea have been based around a focal point which has been Drogba. He has a few others which support him as well - will that change with Torres? We will see.

"There is an expectation that the boy will play. "I know (Chelsea manager) Carlo Ancelotti has played the diamond before so there could be a different formation now. Carlo has been working with formations all his life and will find the right fit, but with Torres it initially may take time."

The acquisition of Torres and fellow new signing David Luiz on transfer deadline day for a combined fee of £75million has been declared a statement of intent by Chelsea. Hughes, who believes the Blues' main target this season is now Champions League qualification after ruling them out of the title race, believes they are under pressure to deliver.

"Chelsea have bought those two players to get into the Champions Leagues but coming in January is tough," he said.

"There is an idea that they have to make the difference. If they don't get into the Champions League then questions may be asked. But it isn't much of a risk signing these players because they are surrounded by quality and that can help you."

Dickson Etuhu has failed to recover from his hamstring injury so Steve Sidwell will continue to deputise in Fulham's midfield against his former club on Monday. Sidwell has played in five matches since his arrival in January, winning three and drawing one, and Hughes is very delighted with the new arrival from Aston Villa.

"Steve has done really well so I'm really pleased with him," he said.

"Credit to him, he has not had a great deal of football and we have thrown him straight into the team because needs must. He is in great nick and has got up to the pace of the Premier League very quickly."

David Luiz's faith has played a big part in his journey from Sao Paolo to Stamford Bridge but he accepts physicality will be just as important as philosophy if he is to succeed at Chelsea.

Luiz, who is set to make his first start for Chelsea at Fulham, was brought up in Brazil with a firm religious background. He believes that, as well as a strong work ethic, has stood him in good stead his career so far.

"I am a guy with a lot of faith," said the £25million January recruit.

"I believe when you have faith things will happen for you. My faith is what makes me strong and makes things happen for me. But I don't cross my arms and wait for God to do everything for me. You have to want it and go for it and chase your dreams.

"My dream is to be admired as a football player and as a person."

Having played his football in the leagues of Brazil and Portugal prior to his Chelsea move, Luiz also accepts he will need to get used to the rigours of the Barclays Premier League. It is a challenge he is ready to take on.

"I knew the Premier League from TV already. I have also talked a lot to Ramires, he is always passing on positive information," Luiz said.

"It's a lot faster and more physical than where I have played before. But if I didn't like the physical side of the game then I would be a tennis player. It is not just a case of knowing what to improve but in general to become a better player."

Luiz earned rave reviews during his spell in Portugal with Benfica and was regularly linked with high-profile transfers before finally committing to Carlo Ancelotti's Blues. Chelsea's Premier League rivals Manchester City were among those linked with the 23-year-old, but he played down their supposed interest.

He said: "I only heard about Chelsea. I never heard from any other club. If you believed the press and newspapers in Portugal then I was playing in a different place around the world every week. Now I am just pleased for the opportunity Chelsea have given me. I am pleased to be here."

Formation:442Manager: Mark Hughes

Fulham

Formation: 433Manager: Carlo Ancelotti

Chelsea

  • Mark Schwarzer
  • Chris Baird
  • Aaron Hughes
  • Brede Hangeland
  • Carlos Salcido
  • Damien Duff
  • Steve Sidwell
  • Danny Murphy
  • Clint Dempsey
  • Andrew Johnson
  • Moussa Dembele
  • SUBS
  • David Stockdale
  • Stephen Kelly
  • John Pantsil
  • Zoltan Gera
  • Eidur Gudjohnsen
  • Jonathan Greening
  • Simon Davies

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Match Report

Cech comes to Chelsea's rescue Petr Cech saved a stoppage-time penalty to spare Chelsea a west London derby defeat at Fulham as Carlo Ancelotti's decision to drop Didier Drogba failed to pay off with the Blues held to a goalless draw. Cech guessed correctly to parry Clint Dempsey's 93rd-minute spot-kick after another game to forget for new #50million Blues striker Fernando Torres. Torres missed four chances either side of half-time as champions Chelsea failed to climb back into the Barclays Premier League top four. Manager Ancelotti axed Drogba after he and Torres failed to ignite in the previous weekend's surprise defeat to Liverpool. They were almost caught out again in the opening six minutes by a low Damien Duff cross but David Luiz - making his full debut - read the danger to beat Andy Johnson to the ball. John Terry was thwarted by good pressure attempting to head Branislav Ivanovic's cross goalward, while there was also more than one blocked effort from the visitors. Torres, though, was once more struggling to make an impact, with some of his many mistakes greeted by chants of 'What a waste of money' from the Fulham fans. The in-form Duff surprised Cech in the 24th minute with a 30-yard effort the goalkeeper could only punch clear - the first save of any note. Frank Lampard should have at least forced a second four minutes later when Chelsea's best move of the first half saw him sweep Ivanovic's low cross over the bar. The latter was providing the only real width for the champions, whose next cross almost caught out a back-pedalling Mark Schwarzer moments after Florent Malouda's rising 25-yard attempt sailed just over. Terry produced a vital glancing header at the other end before Ivanovic became the first player booked for tugging Moussa Dembele's shirt on the edge of - and arguably inside - the box. Steve Sidwell soon followed for an ugly thigh-high lunge on Michael Essien. With seconds of the half remaining, Torres saw two great chances to open his Chelsea account go begging, the first with the weakest of finishes after a strong run. The second was gilt-edged, with the Spaniard's attempt to gather Luiz's glorious long ball simply horrible. Ancelotti resisted the urge to turn to Drogba during the interval but Torres soon gave him cause to rue that decision by heading Ramires' pinpoint cross off target. Chelsea wasted another opportunity when they took an indirect free-kick too quickly after Schwarzer picked up a Danny Murphy backpass. And Torres' misery deepened when he curled high and wide after being released by a fine Lampard pass. Supportive chants from the visiting fans rained down on the misfiring Spaniard, but to no avail. Torres was completely outshone by fellow new boy Luiz, with the 23-year-old by far the best player on the pitch as Chelsea began to dominate without finding the breakthrough. Ancelotti made a change with 25 minutes remaining, rubbing salt into Drogba's wounds by sending on Salomon Kalou for Nicolas Anelka. Malouda failed to capitalise on an inch-perfect Ashley Cole ball as Fulham held firm going into the final 20 minutes. Luiz should have capped his performance with a goal when the Brazilian rose completely unmarked to nod Malouda's corner over the top moments before Drogba finally replaced Torres. Fulham then became even more compact, bringing on Simon Davies for Johnson as Chelsea began to be restricted again to long-range efforts. But Essien should have given them a 77th-minute lead when he mistimed his diving header from Lampard's dangerous cross and Drogba showed what Chelsea had been missing with a barnstorming run down the left and a ball his team-mates should have anticipated. Dempsey almost made Chelsea pay when he pounced on a Terry error only to see his shot beaten away by Cech. Fulham ran down the clock by introducing Eidur Gudjohnsen and Zoltan Gera for Murphy and Dembele before an jaw-dropping overhead-kick cross from Luiz was headed over by Kalou. The changes revitalised the hosts and Davies glanced a cross from Gera - who was booked in stoppage time - over the top. In the third and final minute of added time, Luiz was adjudged to have tripped Dempsey in the box. The American blasted the resulting penalty goalward but Cech saved and Dempsey scissor-kicked the rebound over the top.

Form Guide

    WDWLWD
  • Fulham
  • VS
  • Chelsea
  • DLWWWL

Last Meetings

  • Chelsea
  • 1 - 0
  • Fulham
  • 10/11/2010
  • Chelsea
  • 2 - 1
  • Fulham
  • 28/12/2009
  • Fulham
  • 0 - 2
  • Chelsea
  • 23/08/2009
  • Chelsea
  • 3 - 1
  • Fulham
  • 02/05/2009
  • Fulham
  • 2 - 2
  • Chelsea
  • 28/12/2008
  • Fulham
  • 1 - 2
  • Chelsea
  • 01/01/2008

Top Scorers

Fulham

  • CD Dempsey 8
  • B Hangeland 3
  • S Davies 2
  • A Johnson 2
  • C Baird 2
  • D Kamara 2
  • M Dembele 2
  • D Duff 1
  • A Hughes 1
  • B Zamora 1
  • D Etuhu 1
  • Z Gera 1

Chelsea

  • F Malouda 9
  • D Drogba 7
  • S Kalou 7
  • N Anelka 6
  • M Essien 3
  • B Ivanovic 3
  • J Terry 2
  • F Lampard 1
  • Y Benayoun 1
  • FJ Alex 1
  • MMN Ramires 1

Goals

Fulham

    • Total goals 56
    • Goals per game 28
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Chelsea

    • Total goals 74
    • Goals per game 46
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) Period 31-40 mins
  • 6 (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 10 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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