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Fulham   0 - 2   Chelsea

Didier Drogba
Drogba gave Chelsea the advantage at the end of the first half

By Saj Chowdhury

Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka scored the goals to make it three league wins from three for Chelsea at the expense of local rivals Fulham.

Drogba opened the scoring at the end of the first half when he fired an angled shot past Mark Schwarzer from Frenchman Anelka's low pass.

The Ivorian then provided the assist for Anelka who scored Chelsea's second with a low effort from inside the area.

Clint Dempsey had Fulham's best chance when he fired over from eight yards.

Fulham had set out a defensive stall against their local rivals with Danny Murphy and Dickson Etuhu sitting deep, and for large parts of the opening half, Chelsea's creative energies were well repressed.

606: DEBATE

In fact, prior to Drogba's strike, there were only two occasions when the respective goalmouths were threatened in an uneventful half.

The first chance fell to American Dempsey, who did well to make space inside the area after collecting Zoltan Gera's ball, but then scooped his shot over the bar.

The other opportunity fell to John Mikel Obi who cut across a Michael Ballack nod down from 25 yards, but saw his effort fly a yard wide of Schwarzer's left-hand upright.

Ancelotti praises 'fantastic' strike duo

Fulham's defence, led by Brede Hangeland, had dealt with the Blues assault, lpredominantly aerial, with relative ease - Chelsea's play was predictable at times.

But with three minutes of the half remaining, the visitors opted for different route to goal.

Some quick passing ended with Anelka coming in from the right to thread the ball to Drogba, who escaped the offside trap before caressing his shot past Schwarzer and into the keeper's bottom right.

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first with Chelsea dominating the play - 64% at one stage - but again, they were finding it hard to find a gap through Hangeland and co.

Hodgson disappointed with 'jaded' Fulham

That was until 14 minutes from time, when two of the Premier League's most potent strikers teamed up for the second time in the match to score.

Drogba was the provider this time, pinging the ball with pace to last season's top scorer Anelka, who responded by fizzing the ball past Schwarzer from inside the area.

The second goal ended hopes of any other result but a Chelsea win which was their 26th from 27 league and cup games over Fulham.


Fulham boss Roy Hodgson:
"Chelsea played very well - they made it difficult after going ahead and they controlled the second half.

Drogba 'playing with a smile'

"Our energy levels didn't reach the level they reached at the end of last year. We didn't press them.

"We didn't get up enough and didn't make them panic in possession."

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti:
"They can play together because they have good but different qualities. Anelka is very quick while Didier is stronger.

"They played very well today - they scored one and created the other.

"In the first half Nicolas played near the wing but I prefer when they stay close together."


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Sunday, 23 August 2009

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Fulham 0-2 Chelsea FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Drogba 39
    • Anelka 76

    Fulham

    Substitutes

    Chelsea

    Substitutes

    Ref: MarrinerAtt: 25,404
    FULHAM
    CHELSEA

    Possession

    • Fulham 43%
    • Chelsea 57%

    Attempts on target

    • Fulham 1
    • Chelsea 4

    Attempts off target

    • Fulham 3
    • Chelsea 8

    Corners

    • Fulham 4
    • Chelsea 7

    Fouls

    • Fulham 11
    • Chelsea 10
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:07 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
    • 90:00+1:45 John Pantsil crosses the ball, Ricardo Carvalho manages to make a clearance.
    • 90:00+0:35 The offside flag is raised against Erik Nevland. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.
    • 87:12 Michael Ballack is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 86:28 Deco fouled by Dickson Etuhu, the ref awards a free kick. Ricardo Carvalho restarts play with the free kick.
    • 85:26 Substitution (Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Sam Hutchinson coming on for Jose Bosingwa.
    • 85:26 The ball is swung over by Erik Nevland, Ashley Cole makes a clearance.
    • 85:08 Damien Duff sends in a cross, Deco makes a clearance.
    • 84:41 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff from the right by-line to the near post, Florent Malouda makes a clearance.
    • 84:07 Unfair challenge on Paul Konchesky by Deco results in a free kick. Paul Konchesky takes the free kick.
    • 83:42 The ball is crossed by Didier Drogba, save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 83:08 Didier Drogba challenges Aaron Hughes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Baird takes the direct free kick.
    • 82:40 The ball is delivered by Florent Malouda, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
    • 80:30 Substitution Frank Lampard leaves the field to be replaced by Deco.
    • 80:30 Shot from long distance by Clinton Dempsey goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 79:07 Effort on goal by Erik Nevland from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 78:42 Diomansy Kamara fouled by Mikel, the ref awards a free kick. Aaron Hughes takes the direct free kick.
    • 75:35 Didier Drogba provided the assist for the goal.
    • 75:35 GOAL - Nicolas AnelkaFulham 0 - 2 Chelsea Nicolas Anelka scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Fulham 0-2 Chelsea.
    • 74:21 Free kick taken by Paul Konchesky.
    • 74:21 Substitution Erik Nevland replaces Bobby Zamora.
    • 74:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jose Bosingwa on Damien Duff.
    • 71:43 Effort on goal by Frank Lampard from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
    • 70:19 Damien Duff takes the inswinging corner, John Terry manages to make a clearance.
    • 69:04 Florent Malouda is caught offside. Mark Schwarzer takes the indirect free kick.
    • 69:04 Substitution Chris Baird on for Danny Murphy.
    • 67:37 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Florent Malouda, Clinton Dempsey manages to make a clearance. Centre by Ricardo Carvalho.
    • 65:14 Florent Malouda takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Bobby Zamora.
    • 64:18 Florent Malouda produces a cross, clearance made by Danny Murphy. Outswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard from the right by-line played to the near post, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
    • 63:25 Ashley Cole crosses the ball, clearance by Aaron Hughes. Frank Lampard takes a shot. Comfortable save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 61:59 Foul by Bobby Zamora on John Terry, free kick awarded. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.
    • 61:59 Substitution Zoltan Gera goes off and Diomansy Kamara comes on.
    • 61:44 Florent Malouda crosses the ball, Didier Drogba has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 60:06 Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Florent Malouda goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 59:37 Ashley Cole delivers the ball, clearance made by Paul Konchesky.
    • 57:57 Clinton Dempsey is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Petr Cech takes the free kick.
    • 55:22 John Pantsil fouled by Ashley Cole, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick.
    • 53:35 Didier Drogba takes a shot. Mark Schwarzer makes a comfortable save. Damien Duff takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
    • 51:23 Corner taken by Danny Murphy, free kick awarded for a foul by Brede Hangeland on Didier Drogba. Direct free kick taken by Petr Cech.
    • 51:13 A cross is delivered by Damien Duff, Ricardo Carvalho manages to make a clearance.
    • 50:05 Inswinging corner taken by Damien Duff, save by Petr Cech.
    • 46:35 The ball is delivered by Ashley Cole, Aaron Hughes makes a clearance. Free kick awarded for a foul by Ashley Cole on Zoltan Gera. Mark Schwarzer restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:01 The half-time whistle blows.
    • 43:54 Didier Drogba is ruled offside. Mark Schwarzer takes the indirect free kick.
    • 42:34 Foul by Damien Duff on Jose Bosingwa, free kick awarded. Frank Lampard restarts play with the free kick. Frank Lampard crosses the ball.
    • 41:24 Ricardo Carvalho concedes a free kick for a foul on Damien Duff. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
    • 41:09 A cross is delivered by Florent Malouda, clearance made by Brede Hangeland.
    • 40:31 Corner taken by Frank Lampard from the left by-line, save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 39:30 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba by Dickson Etuhu. Petr Cech takes the free kick.
    • 38:10 Assist by Nicolas Anelka.
    • 38:10 GOAL - Didier DrogbaFulham 0 - 1 Chelsea Didier Drogba gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Fulham 0-1 Chelsea.
    • 37:23 Florent Malouda takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
    • 34:16 Michael Ballack gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Damien Duff. Brede Hangeland restarts play with the free kick.
    • 31:43 The ball is crossed by John Pantsil, Petr Cech makes a comfortable save.
    • Correction - 29:42 Shot by John Terry from outside the box goes over the target.
    • 29:42 Effort from just outside the box by John Terry goes over the bar.
    • 29:33 The ball is crossed by Nicolas Anelka, clearance made by John Pantsil.
    • 27:42 Unfair challenge on Nicolas Anelka by Dickson Etuhu results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Frank Lampard.
    • 26:58 Unfair challenge on Mikel by Clinton Dempsey results in a free kick. Free kick taken by John Terry.
    • 25:18 Clinton Dempsey fouled by Nicolas Anelka, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick.
    • 24:59 The ball is delivered by Florent Malouda, Aaron Hughes makes a clearance.
    • 24:12 Foul by John Pantsil on Florent Malouda, free kick awarded. Ashley Cole restarts play with the free kick. Ashley Cole delivers the ball, clearance made by Aaron Hughes.
    • 23:22 The offside flag is raised against Ashley Cole. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
    • 22:44 Florent Malouda delivers the ball, save by Mark Schwarzer.
    • 22:24 Danny Murphy sends in a cross, save made by Petr Cech.
    • 21:49 Handball by Jose Bosingwa. Free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.
    • 20:15 Mikel has an effort at goal from long range that misses to the right of the goal.
    • 19:17 Frank Lampard takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Aaron Hughes. Outswinging corner taken by Frank Lampard from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Zoltan Gera.
    • 18:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by John Pantsil on Florent Malouda. John Terry restarts play with the free kick.
    • 10:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba by Danny Murphy. Michael Ballack has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
    • 10:10 Mikel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bobby Zamora. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Hughes.
    • 8:24 The ball is delivered by Damien Duff, Ricardo Carvalho manages to make a clearance.
    • 4:52 Effort from a long way out by Frank Lampard goes wide right of the goal.
    • 3:37 Foul by Zoltan Gera on Mikel, free kick awarded. John Terry takes the direct free kick.
    • 2:12 Frank Lampard takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Bobby Zamora.
    • 1:26 The ball is delivered by Paul Konchesky. Zoltan Gera delivers the ball, Shot on goal by Clinton Dempsey from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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    Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 23 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Tottenham 3 6 9
    2 Chelsea 3 5 9
    3 Arsenal 2 8 6
    4 Man Utd 3 5 6
    5 Man City 2 3 6
    6 Sunderland 3 0 6
    7 Burnley 3 0 6
    8 Birmingham 3 0 4
    9 Stoke 3 -2 4
    10 Liverpool 2 3 3
    11 West Ham 2 1 3
    12 Fulham 2 -1 3
    13 Wolverhampton 3 -2 3
    14 Hull 3 -4 3
    15 Wigan 3 -4 3
    16 Aston Villa 1 -2 0
    17 Bolton 2 -2 0
    18 Blackburn 2 -3 0
    19 Portsmouth 3 -5 0
    20 Everton 2 -6 0

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