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Fulham 0 Chelsea 0

In a drab, at times, West London derby, Fulham missed a great late chance to take all three points.

Mark Hughes pulled one possible surprise with his starting eleven selection. Following his third own goal of the season, John Pantsil was dropped to the bench with Carlos Salcido coming in and Chris Baird switching flanks.

The ex-Chelsea duo of Damien Duff and Steve Sidwell both retained their places in the eleven with another ex-Chelsea player, Eidur Gudjohnsen having to be content with a place on the bench.

The Chelsea manager, in order to accommodate the British record transfer signing of Fernando Torres, elected to demote Didier Drogba to the bench.

Chelsea got the action underway in what was to be a half of few chances. The early exchanges saw Duff win a corner off Luiz but it was easily cleared. Lampard tried his luck from outside the area but his shot went well wide, before, as the action switched ends, Cech claimed a dangerous looking Baird cross.

Pushing forward Ramires saw a shot deflected wide but the corner came to nothing as Fulham drew breath. Dembele`s persistence won a corner but Cech, under no pressure, easily claimed Murphy`s corner.

Duff, trying his luck from outside the area, saw Cech push away the swerving ball before once again, after Duff had won a corner, Cech claimed under no pressure whatsoever.

Clear-cut chances were at a premium, Lampard flashed an effort over the bar, after a decent Chelsea move whilst Dembele flashed a shot wide after Luiz had lost possession.

Schwarzer pulled off a top notch save after Ivanovic saw his cross drift towards the top corner. As half time approached Fulham could have gone behind after Luiz brought the ball out of defence only for his long ball to Torres saw the Spaniard lose the ball after it hit his chest, knee and shin.

The second half saw Fulham concede possession to our visitors big-time but Chelsea rarely troubled our resolute defence. Early on Torres headed over a Ramires cross before a poor pass form Murphy was deemed as a back-pass but Chelsea cocked up the resulting free kick.

Schwarzer saved a long range shot from Ramires before Salcido forced Cech into a save also with a shot from distance. Fulham continued to defend well, Hughes conceded a corner but Luiz could only head over. Schwarzer saved well from Ramires before Dempsey forced a save from Cech.

Hughes threw on Gudjohnsen, Davies and Gera and Fulham started to look lively with a Gera ball in seeing Davies head over. With three minutes of stoppage time announced Fulham should have taken the points. Luiz was penalized for a foul on Dempsey and Mike Dean pointed to the spot.

Dempsey stepped up but his poor spot-kick was saved by Cech and the chance to take all three points had gone.




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The Journalist

Writer: Andrew Joyce  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday February 14 2011

Time: 11:00PM

Your Comments

Gudjohnson looks handy!
MassiveSpaniard
Deuce, you chokin' dog. On the whole, a point was a fair result as we had nothing for Chelsea in the 2nd half, but I'm still gutted that we didn't capitalize on our opportunity to FINALLY beat them. We were well organized defensively. Gudjohnsen looked very good. Decent effort, lads.
Teddy_KGB
gudjonhsen looks good... our service was pretty awful all night... how many corners and free kicks did cech collect without any pressure or problems? it was a pretty poor game for fulham in my opinion... scared at home... had a different torres showed up, we would have lost 3-0...
woodysweats
the plan against chelsea was not to concede a gole once you let in one against them the flood gates come open then to get a late winner and to be fair marks tacticts nearly paid off
truth sayer ffc
 

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