Didn't have much to do with Fulham firmly in counterattacking mode, but made a crucial save to deny Bent in the first half.
Dealt with Kacaniklic well and provided a muscular attacking threat in the air and on the floor, as well as avoiding any major gaffes.
Troubled by Duff early on, he soon got to grips with the Irishman and got forward whenever he could, without contributing decisively to any attacking moves.
Caught flat-footed for Bent's chance, but otherwise assured and used the ball sensibly.
The Bent scare aside, marshaled his defense well and avoided any drama, though Fulham didn't give him much to deal with.
Didn't burst forward as often as we are accustomed to seeing, but provided a midfield shield along with Mikel which restricted Fulham's counterattacking opportunities well. Perhaps unlucky to be denied a penalty in the second half when he was felled by Amorebieta.
J. Obi Mikel
Looks leaner than ever before in a Chelsea shirt, and moved around the pitch quicker as a result. Didn't do anything spectacular - he rarely does - but did his job well. Even popped up with the clinching goal - his first in a Blues shirt in seven years.
Started as badly as he had played against Basel, but never stopped working and improved as the night wore on. Still doesn't look the same player without being able to combine with Mata.
His manager now sees him as his main man, and that confidence shows. Not his best display, but was still involved in anything Chelsea did well, worked hard for the team and was in the right place at the right time for his goal.
In the first half it was difficult to see any justification for his selection, as Fulham left no space in behind for him to exploit. But his direct running yielded some tangible reward after the break, as Stockdale spilled his drilled cross-shot and Oscar capitalized.
The rousing reception he was given on his withdrawal was more borne out of hope for the future rather than genuine gratitude, because he achieved little. Looked sharper and more industrious than before, though, and did reasonably well with the little service he was given.
Didn't have a bad game on the whole, but spilled Schurrle's fierce effort at a crucial time and Oscar tapped in the rebound.
Covered his center backs well, and ensured most of Chelsea's better moments came down the opposite flank.
Coped well in his first Premier League start, though was perhaps lucky not to give away a penalty after clumsily tripping Ramires in the box.
Did well early on against Hazard, but Schurrle beat him to the end line very easily for Oscar's goal.
Predictably dominated Eto'o in the air, though Chelsea's midfield runners exposed his occasionally flawed positional sense.
Reliable in possession whenever he got it, and protected his defense reasonably well. Missed a free header that might have changed the course of the evening.
Delivered a typically hassling and solid performance, but couldn't prevent Chelsea winning the midfield battle easily.
Played Bent clean through with a wonderful pass early on, but the Englishman fluffed his lines and both men were pretty peripheral thereafter.
Looked very lively and surprisingly nimble in the opening exchanges, but faded badly and was replaced by Taarabt with Fulham chasing the game.
Never really got into the game against Ivanovic, though that perhaps might have something to do with the fact his chances to attack the Serb were severely limited.
His game is about goals, but he wasted his one chance in the first half with the goal at his mercy. Was anonymous from then on.