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Played
April 9, 2012 8:00 PM BST
Craven Cottage — London
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 25697‎
 
Frank Lampard 45′ (PG)
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Fulham 1-1 Chelsea

A late Clint Dempsey header earns Cottagers deserved draw in west London derby that was almost decided by fortuitously awarded penalty slammed home by Frank Lampard

By Josh Clarke at Craven Cottage

  • Mark Schwarzer
    40
    7
    3.50

    Mark Schwarzer

    Very rarely troubled in the first half until Lampard beat him from 12 yards. His side's overall domination of the ball ensured that he was called in to action not too often.

  • Stephen Kelly
    23
    9
    3.00

    Stephen Kelly

    Kept Salomon Kalou’s impact to a bare minimum for the first 45 and put in a reliable shift that saw him do the simple things correctly. Confusion as to the awarding of Chelsea's penalty may result in him taking the blame, but it's hard to see how this was the case.

  • John Arne Riise
    55
    7
    3.50

    John Arne Riise

    Vigorous runs up the left provided side with the impetus that threatened to give Fulham the lead. Great all action performance.

  • Brede Hangeland
    34
    8
    3.50

    Brede Hangeland

    Did excellently to throw himself in front of Fernando Torres’ effort after 10 minutes and from that point had the upper hand over the Spanish striker.

  • Aaron Hughes
    32
    10
    3.50

    Aaron Hughes

    Calm and composed throughout, he often stepped in to deny Chelsea the chance to build promising position within the Cottagers’ half.

  • Danny Murphy
    19
    6
    3.00

    Danny Murphy

    The kind of intelligent use of the ball that you expect, though was deemed to have conceded the penalty at the end of the first half that turned the game on its head. Waned in influence as the game drew on.

  • Damien Duff
    21
    8
    3.00

    Damien Duff

    Looked out of sorts out on the right flank and struggled to get the better of Ryan Bertrand throughout. Not a performance to suggest his inclusion is now a given.

  • Mahamadou Diarra
    29
    10
    3.00

    Mahamadou Diarra

    Provided bite for his team. Put in the solid work that allowed more attack-minded colleagues to take the game to Chelsea, without ever providing anything too spectacular himself.

  • Kerim Frei
    66
    7
    3.50

    Kerim Frei

    Often found it difficult to trouble Ivanovic, though the consequent marauding inside often gave his team their most tangible threat. Made a series of jinking runs that sprung his side into life, and forced Cech into a great save early on. Legs seemed to go as the game drew on.

  • Clint Dempsey
    144
    15
    3.50

    Clint Dempsey Top of the Match

    At times looked isolated up top but was able to bring his supporting cast into play very well. Stabbed at Cech when he could have maybe fired in when the game was 0-0. Always proved elusive and a handful throughout before powering home a deserved equaliser.

  • Mousa Dembele
    46
    8
    3.50

    Mousa Dembele

    Most progressive of a midfield intent to sit back and stifle Chelsea in the middle. Looked dangerous when he got at his man, but too often the final ball, or decisiveness, was slightly off.

Substitutions

  • Dickson Etuhu
    12
    6
    3.00

    Dickson Etuhu

    Brought on to bolster a tiring midfield, which he did with aplomb, providing fresh drive that saw his team regain control of the game

  • Alexander Kacaniklic
    13
    5
    3.00

    Alexander Kacaniklic

    Thrown into the mix with just a couple minutes left as Fulham pushed for the winner.

  • Orlando Sá
    10
    6
    3.00

    Orlando Sá

    His arrival prompted Fulham's equaliser, though it would be inaccurate to accredit that to him.

  • Petr Cech
    103
    12
    3.50

    Petr Cech

    Commanding presence at the back which provided a confidence that filtered through the team and made a fantastic save just moments before being beaten by Dempsey's header.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    63
    33
    3.00

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Dealt comfortably with the threat of Karim Frei to begin with, before the Swiss youngster began to direct his threat inside the full-back.

  • Gary Cahill
    61
    34
    3.00

    Gary Cahill

    Comfy on ball and is beginning to form a reliable-looking partnership with John Terry, which can only be of benefit to the club. Had to contend with a lot of intelligent movement ahead of him and he looked up to the task.

  • John Terry
    69
    37
    3.00

    John Terry

    Clint Dempsey’s desire to float in and around the Chelsea back four meant that there was no persistent physical threat to his troublesome ribs. All-in-all a decent return that gives Di Matteo a big boost.

  • Ryan Bertrand
    87
    38
    3.00

    Ryan Bertrand

    Experience aside, a like-for-like replacement for Ashley Cole – an observation which was made more apparent by Damien Duff’s ineffectual showing on the right flank.

  • Ramires
    29
    121
    3.00

    Ramires

    As full of running as ever, though found scant opportunity to impress on the ball.

  • Frank Lampard
    63
    138
    3.00

    Frank Lampard

    Lost out on the hotly-contested battle in the middle of the park early on but grew in stature as things developed. Stepped up when it mattered to sweep the penalty home.

  • John Obi Mikel
    58
    115
    3.00

    John Obi Mikel

    Shielded his back four pretty well considering the multitude of Fulham players who seem intent to drive at Chelsea from deep.

  • Raúl Meireles
    34
    171
    2.50

    Raúl Meireles Flop of the Match

    Played as the most advanced of Chelsea’s midfield three and consequently found himself in some promising attacking positions from which he failed to capitalise. Hauled off after providing very little in the second half.

  • Fernando Torres
    201
    101
    2.50

    Fernando Torres

    Really struggled to impose himself throughout in a game where Chelsea were constantly under pressure.

  • Salomon Kalou
    37
    146
    3.00

    Salomon Kalou

    Ineffectual in the first half until the dying moments, when a rare foray into the Fulham box resulted in him winning his side a penalty against the grain. Otherwise, put in a commendable shift, rather than provided a spark.

Substitutions

  • Juan Mata
    62
    112
    3.00

    Juan Mata

    Brought on to try and bring a bit of life to Chelsea's tired attack but saw himself tasked more with quelling Fulham's uprising.

  • Didier Drogba
    51
    147
    3.00

    Didier Drogba

    Replaced Torres and found himself as redundant as the Spaniard.

Results
 
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Tournament
Position
Ranking
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Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
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30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
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20 0
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18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
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15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
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15 0