After 71 minutes of inaction, showed the concentration that is the hallmark of all the top goalkeepers by making a fantastic save to tip Dempsey's screamer over the bar.
In only his second Premier League start in 12 months, he played safe for the most part, preferring to stay deep rather than commit himself too far forward.
Dynamic display from the hugely influential left-back who rarely - if ever - drops his standards. Flew forward at every opportunity and solid in defence.
After being Nando-ed at the weekend, he would have been anxious about facing another flyer in Dembele but cruised through most of the match before the pace of Johnson gave him some nervous moments at the end.
An untroubled evening for the versatile defender, who switched to centre-back following injury to Alex.
His autumn form has not quite matched the highs of late summer and, although he was a constant threat with his powerful surges forward, the Frenchman was sacrificed with 12 minutes to go.
Brilliant through ball that Kalou should have finished was the highlight of a perceptive display from the Russian, who drove Chelsea forward with confidence and surety.
J. Obi Mikel
With the effortless elegance that is his hallmark, controlled the midfield without quite dominating it.
The 'Bison' looked like he had never been away after missing three matches with a toe injury. Powerfully nutted in a downward header to give Chelsea the lead and was equally influential instigating attacks from midfield and clearing up in his own box. But his reputation will take a battering with that horrible two-footed jump on Dempsey in added time that could easily have done serious damage. A three-match ban beckons.
Flashes of brilliance mixed with dashings of ineptitude from the enigmatic Ivorian. Created the opener for Essien with a fine inswinging cross and twice got in great positions before the interval to double the advantage but failed to hit the target.
Despite declaring himself fully recovered from malaria, Chelsea's talisman was way below his best. Frequently conceded possession and limped with what looked like a groin injury shortly before the break but carried on. Made some important headed clearances late on.
After his will-he-won't-he summer romance with Arsenal, the big Australian remains an effective barrier in the Fulham goal. Made a fine reflex save from Kalou after the break and then a superb double save from Drogba and Essien. His handling was safe throughout.
A tower of strength in the air, where he dominated Drogba, and had the muscle to shove even the mighty Ivorian off the ball on a number of occasions.
In his first Premier League start, the teenage left-back began well but was increasingly troubled by the movement and pace of Kalou and faded as the game wore on. Substituted with 12 minutes left.
The reserve right-back handled the classy Malouda adeptly and, although he offered little going forward, did his day job very effectively.
Fulham's most consistent defender cleared twice off the line, firstly from Kalou and then brilliantly from Drogba. Acquitted himself well against the star-studded Chelsea forward line.
Rarely can so much running have yielded so little reward. The Belgium international was starved of possession and failed to trouble Ivanovic and Terry.
The midfield man mountain gave as good as he got in a face-off with Mikel but his firefighting qualities were jettisoned in the last quarter as Fulham chased an equaliser.
The normally reliable skipper was unable to get on the ball and exert enough influence in the central acres.
Energetic display but did not possess enough craft to match his graft.
Surprisingly stationed on the left flank rather than his modern home on the right, the Irishman showed occasional flashes of quality but did not show enough desire to run at the rusty Bosingwa. Ended the game at left-back.
The gifted American was the best attacker in white-and-black, displaying a sure touch and capacity for inventiveness that was absent in his colleagues. Went close with a long-range screamer and a magnificently acrobatic bicycle kick also flew narrowly wide.
- 12 D. Stockdale
- 4 J. Paintsil
- 27 J. Greening
- 26 K. Dikgacoi
- 21 E. Johnson
Showed flashes of inspiration and even made a superb last-ditch tackle on Mikel late on.
Brought on with 25 minutes to go to add another body up front, the former England striker struggled to get into the game.