Chelsea started decently well after the disappointment of midweek, and generated a few half-chances and openings in the first part of the first-half, but without finding the necessary final ball to truly pose a danger.
It took nearly 30 minutes to manage an effort on target, by which time Petrovic had been called into action to keep the game scoreless. Fulham hadn’t done much, but they certainly had it in them to threaten on the counter.
It looked like the first-half would end just like that, but a couple moments of quality, Palmer smuggling a pass through to Sterling and Sterling faking out his defender to win a penalty, would give Chelsea a slim advantage — Cold Palmer making no mistake from the spot.
The second half began in a much more lively fashion, with Chelsea generating multiple excellent opportunities. But neither Broja nor Sterling were able to take said opportunities when presented with them, before Colwill joined the miss-party by failing to hit the target when wide open at the top of the box.
The longer it stayed just 1-0, the more nervous it all became, especially after Conor Gallagher’s sweet curling strike with the outside of his right boot clanged off the far post.
It all got a bit too scrappy in the end, especially in stoppage time, but we managed to hang on for all three points.
- Familiar 4-2-3-1 look, but a welcome return to the bench for Chilwell, Badiashile, and Chukwuemeka. Chilwell and Chukwuemeka do make their returns, with Chilly slotting in at left wing.
- Gilchrist also on again late to help close it out.
- Three straight wins in the league. Six straight wins at the Bridge in all competitions.
- A clean sheet!
- Chelsea jump up to 8th, at least for now, ahead of Newcastle and Manchester United. Newcastle play Manchester City in a couple hours; United play Spurs tomorrow.
- Next up: second leg of the League Cup semifinal against Middlesbrough in 10 days (23rd)