His kicking was woeful at times but Torres never did enough to punish him. Could do little about Schurrle's clinical hat-trick.
Fared reasonably well up against Hazard whenever he frequented the left flank, and it is to his credit that Chelsea's goal came down the opposite side. Offered little by way of attacking threat though.
Had almost no time to get settled before a sickening clash of heads with Richardson, and was withdrawn with what appeared to be concussion on 16 minutes.
Looked nowhere near as comfortable after Hangeland's early withdrawal and could not deal with Schurrle's movement inside from the flanks. Ludicrously positioned to play Schurrle onside for the German's third, though grabbed a late consolation.
Caused Ivanovic several problems with his pace and skill down the left in the opening stages but faded once Chelsea went ahead. Withdrawn for Holtby on the hour.
Disrupted Chelsea's passing rhythm very well along with Sidwell in the first half, using the ball sensibly and reliably. Kept Oscar quiet all along.
Neat and tidy whenever he was given the ball but Fulham's tendency to attack down the opposite flank meant those moments were few and far between.
A potent attacking threat early on but never looks a natural full-back and left Schurrle all alone for the first goal.
His interceptions and distribution were impressive and key to the Fulham gameplan in the first half, and his midfield runs troubled the Chelsea defence. Could not convert a couple of half-decent chances before Schurrle's opener changed the game.
Glanced a Kasami cross well wide early on and never got another chance as clear. A low-key end to what has been a disappointing loan return to Craven Cottage.
Only really contributes in the penalty area and his team-mates seldom found him there.
Had few saves to make despite Fulham's first-half superiority, and the second was largely a cakewalk. Perhaps could have done better with Heitinga's consolation.
Marshalled Bent well in the penalty area, reducing him to a peripheral figure in proceedings.
Covered with assurance every time the play threatened to bypass Terry and ensured Cech's workload remained slight.
Clearly targeted by Richardson and Kasami in the first half he stood up reasonably well to weather the storm.
Fulham's tendency to attack down the opposite flank meant he had little one-on-one defending to do, and Schurrle broke the deadlock before he had to risk exposing himself by surging forward.
Out-battled by Sidwell and Parker in the first half he fared much better after the break, helping Chelsea maintain more consistent control in midfield.
Never looks ruffled on the ball, even under pressure, and uses the ball intelligently at every opportunity. Grew in stature as his team did after a slow start.
Another quiet game for the Brazilian, who looks mentally and physically jaded after almost two full seasons without a break. Perhaps also troubled by that niggling ankle knock.
Shackled relatively well by the Fulham defence in the first half he made the difference in the second, playing two superb passes into the path of Schurrle to put the game beyond Fulham. It's frightening how much this Chelsea side relies on the brilliant Belgian but he keeps producing.
Looked very rusty in the first half but took his goals superbly in the second. Benefited from some brilliant Hazard passing but his finishing was ruthlessly clinical. Deserved his first hat-trick in English football.
Serenaded with chants of 'Torres!' as he left the field in the 82nd minute he worked incredibly hard, almost humiliating Stekelenburg twice by charging down poor clearances and linking play for his team. His finishing touch remains one football's greatest enigmas, though.