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November 10, 2010 7:45 PM GMT
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 41593‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 1-0 Fulham

By wayne Veysey

  • Petr Cech
    69
    5
    3.50

    Petr Cech

    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.

  • José Bosingwa
    53
    15
    3.00

    José Bosingwa

    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.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    92
    5
    3.50

    Branislav Ivanovic

    An untroubled evening for the versatile defender, who switched to centre-back following injury to Alex.

  • John Terry
    51
    11
    3.00

    John Terry

    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.

  • Ashley Cole
    72
    5
    4.00

    Ashley Cole

    Dynamic display from the hugely influential left-back who rarely - if ever - drops his standards. Flew forward at every opportunity and solid in defence.

  • Michael Essien
    99
    15
    3.50

    Michael Essien

    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 instigting 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.

  • John Obi Mikel
    66
    19
    3.00

    John Obi Mikel

    With the effortless elegance that is his hallmark, controlled the midfield without quite dominating it.

  • Yuri Zhirkov
    72
    4
    3.50

    Yuri Zhirkov

    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.

  • Florent Malouda
    33
    18
    3.00

    Florent Malouda

    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.

  • Salomon Kalou
    53
    13
    3.50

    Salomon Kalou

    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.

  • Didier Drogba
    43
    25
    2.50

    Didier Drogba

    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.

Substitutions

  • Ramires
    26
    10
    0.00

    Ramires

    Brought on to bolster the midfield as Chelsea tried to hang on to what they had in the dying minutes.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    33
    9
    0.00

    Daniel Sturridge

    Replaced Kalou with five minutes left.

  • Mark Schwarzer
    45
    11
    4.00

    Mark Schwarzer Top of the Match

    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.

  • Stephen Kelly
    10
    7
    3.00

    Stephen Kelly

    The reserve right-back handled the classy Malouda adeptly and, although he offered little going forward, did his day job very effectively

  • Brede Hangeland
    16
    4
    3.50

    Brede Hangeland

    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.

  • Aaron Hughes
    12
    6
    3.50

    Aaron Hughes

    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.

  • Matthew Briggs
    6
    8
    2.50

    Matthew Briggs

    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.

  • Simon Davies
    8
    7
    3.00

    Simon Davies

    Energetic display but did not possess enough craft to match his graft.

  • Danny Murphy
    9
    6
    2.50

    Danny Murphy

    The normally reliable skipper was unable to get on the ball and exert enough influence in the central acres.

  • Dickson Etuhu
    8
    9
    3.00

    Dickson Etuhu

    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.

  • Damien Duff
    10
    7
    2.50

    Damien Duff

    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.

  • Clint Dempsey
    20
    10
    3.50

    Clint Dempsey

    The gifted American was the best attacker in white-and-back, 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.

  • Mousa Dembele
    21
    12
    2.50

    Mousa Dembele Flop of the Match

    Rarely can so much running have yielded so little reward. The Belgium international was starved of possession and failed to trouble Ivanovic and Terry.

Substitutions

  • Zoltán Gera
    12
    10
    3.00

    Zoltán Gera

    Showed flashes of inspiration and even made a superb last-ditch tackle on Mikel late on.

  • Andy Johnson
    7
    12
    2.50

    Andy Johnson

    Brought on with 25 minutes to go to add another body up front, the former England striker struggled to get into the game.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2