Mikel does the unthinkable, wins your Man of the Match award

That's a nice looking chart - WAGNH

We all knew who was going to win the vote this week. The question is, did he set a new player ratings record?

1. MIKEL - DM 8.8
Minutes played90
Touches99
Passes83/90
Long Passes11/11
Key Passes1
Shots1*/2
Tackles4/5
Nope, not even 9.0, let alone a record (9.6).

Honestly, I expected a bit more.  Not even 50% of you gave Mikel a 10.  In such a sentimental exercise as player ratings, I find that rather surprising.  Or I guess not; Mikel always has and probably always will divide opinions, so perhaps we should be happy with his first ever Man of the Match award and 8.0+ rating (since ratings began at the start of last season).

Mikel had a very nice day, even without the goal.  His 99 touches led all players, while both his short and long range passing displayed accuracy that was at least par for the course.  His presence in the starting lineup also allowed for a seamless transition in midfield from 4-2-3-1 to 4-3-3 once Lampard subbed on.

2. OSCAR - AMC/AMR 8.3
Minutes played90
Touches82
Passes45/54
Crosses + Corners2/14
Key Passes3
Shots1*/2
Tackles7/7
With the whole Mata-Oscar-Mourinho storyline, it was rather ironic that Oscar spent the most time of any of our three attackers on (or at least close to) the right wing.  In his and Mourinho's defense, he hardly had to do any chasing of fullbacks as Fulham barely made it out of their own half, especially in the second half.

Meanwhile, Oscar produced a rather typical Oscar performance.  Another goal - he now has three of Chelsea's nine total in all competitions - plus several nice touches and key passes (three, by Opta's count), along with leading the team with seven tackles.  Seven!  I think the day we see Juan Mata make seven successful tackles is the day we win the quadruple.

3. PETR ČECH - GK 7.6
Minutes played90
Touches25
Saves1
Distribution15/22
Clearances2/2
A mainstay at the top of the player ratings charts, Cech slots in at third today.  His first half save on Darren Bent alone - talk about game-changing plays that are hard to quantify! - deserves that much.  That it was the only save that the goalkeeper had to make on Saturday shouldn't diminish from its importance.

With Cech expected to take a well-deserved rest on Tuesday in favor of Mark Schwarzer, I think we can safely say that he's been one of the more consistent and one of the most consistently good performers so far in this young Chelsea season.

OTHERS:
A.Cole (6.5), Terry (7.0), Cahill (6.7), Ivanovic (7.2), Ramires (6.5), Hazard (6.6), Schürrle (6.6), Eto'o (5.7)

SUBS:
Torres (6.5), Lampard (5.9), De Bruyne (6.0)

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