Mason Mount shattered Fulham’s heart as his late strike secured three points for Chelsea in a 1-0 win at Craven Cottage.
The West London derby was a tight and turgid affair with Scott Parker’s side reduced to ten men after Antonee Robinson saw red for a thoughtless challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta.
Although they must have played more than 45 minutes with ten men, the Cottagers have shown a kind of resilience that is slowly but surely starting to complete their powerful offensive play.
However, the stalemate was finally broken on the banks of the Thames with just over ten minutes from time to time when Ben Chilwell’s cross was webbed by Alphonse Areola directly on Mount’s path to bring home.
Frank Lampard’s side move to seventh in the table after scoring three key points to keep the pressure on players like Tottenham, Everton and Leicester in the race for Champions League places.
For Fulham, they remain in the relegation spots after their ninth loss of the season and face an intimidating visit to Old Trafford on Wednesday night.