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0 (4) vs 0 (3)
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September 21, 2011 7:45 PM BST
Stamford Bridge — London
Referee:‬ C. Foy‎
Attendance:‬ 37632‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Chelsea 0-0 Fulham (4-3 pens)

Bryan Ruiz penalty miss proves costly as two under strength teams battle out engaging stalemate, with the Blues' progression in the Carling Cup down to penalty shoot-out victory

By Josh Clarke at Stamford Bridge

  • Petr Cech
    128
    26
    3.00

    Petr Cech

    Commanding performance though was taken off at half-time after receiving a knock.

  • Paulo Ferreira
    93
    43
    3.00

    Paulo Ferreira

    Quiet and seemed threatened by the pace of Frei. Had none of the inquisition of Bosingwa and will surely see himself winning limited appearances this term.

  • David Luiz
    229
    25
    3.50

    David Luiz

    The visible leader for his side in a display that showed what we have come to expect from the centre-half; momentary lapses in concentration defensively, but an excellent foundation for most of his team’s drives forward.

  • Alex
    103
    112
    2.50

    Alex Flop of the Match

    Game was defined by two challenges on Orlando Sa. The first was an outrageous effort on the stretch that stole the ball off the striker, the second a clumsy bundle that earned himself a red card and the opposition a penalty.

  • Ryan Bertrand
    343
    58
    4.00

    Ryan Bertrand Top of the Match

    Probably the greatest credit you could give him was that Chelsea didn’t seem to miss Ashley Cole too much. Did all the things usually associated with the man blocking his first team entrance.

  • Josh McEachran
    208
    32
    3.00

    Josh McEachran

    Utilised a great array of passing combined with some neat and tidy footwork but did little to really thrust his side forward.

  • Florent Malouda
    143
    51
    3.50

    Florent Malouda

    Was the elder statesman of Chelsea midfield three and seems to be adapting well to the withdrawn role he is been used in of late. Used the ball cleverly throughout.

  • Oriol Romeu
    194
    35
    3.00

    Oriol Romeu

    Shored things up as the shield for his back four and spared Cech’s blushes with a handy interception in the second half, yet adventure or effective use of the ball really did come at a premium. A useful foundation of a debut but definitely one to build on.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    102
    46
    3.00

    Daniel Sturridge

    Was the architect of a couple half chances before he slid in from an offside position to convert Kalou’s goal bound effort. Hobbled off soon after that in the first half.

  • Romelu Lukaku
    155
    40
    3.00

    Romelu Lukaku

    Lots of hustle bustle but can barely remember him being on the ball. Will need better service to fully capitalise on his hulking frame.

  • Salomon Kalou
    96
    83
    2.50

    Salomon Kalou

    Looked off-the-pace and had he showed any predatory instinct could have bagged himself a hat-trick. Will find it difficult to get a sniff of regular first-team action after this one.

Substitutions

  • Ross Turnbull
    145
    22
    3.00

    Ross Turnbull

    Made a couple of great saves to keep his team in it as the tide changed at half-time.

  • John Terry
    178
    18
    3.50

    John Terry

    Expecting a leisurely evening on the bench but was called into action after Alex's red card. Came on with little prior warning and defended stoutly, also having a goalbound effort cleared off the line.

  • Frank Lampard
    166
    44
    3.50

    Frank Lampard

    Introduced at half-time and provided the opening that should have given Chelsea the lead had Kalou not slammed his effort wide. His task became increasingly difficult with his team down to 10 men, though he showed the maturity and leadership Chelsea desperately required at the time.

  • Mark Schwarzer
    42
    20
    3.50

    Mark Schwarzer

    Made a few smart stops though wasn’t tested anyway near as much as Chelsea’s continued pressure warranted.

  • Stephen Kelly
    15
    21
    3.00

    Stephen Kelly

    Failed to stop a lot of Chelsea attacks down the right early on but gradually grew in stature. Adapted to the task at hand and deserved the clean sheet.

  • Chris Baird
    22
    21
    3.50

    Chris Baird

    Sat deep and sprayed the ball around, being fully content to safeguard his back four. Didn’t really put a foot wrong all evening.

  • Philippe Senderos
    33
    18
    3.50

    Philippe Senderos

    His pocket must be stretched as Lukaku was sat in it for near-on the entirety of the game. A robust and commanding performance.

  • Zdenek Grygera
    35
    20
    3.50

    Zdenek Grygera

    Really showed his experience when up against Lukaku to deny the young Belgian any sniff at goal at all really. Should prove to be a great acquisition for the Cottagers.

  • Matthew Briggs
    21
    19
    3.50

    Matthew Briggs

    Attacking in earnest with marauding runs down the right, which often gave Chelsea food for thought, though such incidents were limited as he found himself hemmed in for most of the evening.

  • Marcel Gecov
    21
    21
    3.50

    Marcel Gecov

    Looks to be another decent purchase for Fulham, with a display that saw him over-ran to begin with, while progressively becoming more influential as the minutes ticked by.

  • Pajtim Kasami
    20
    24
    3.00

    Pajtim Kasami

    Selfishly lashed an effort into the side-netting after being released by Ruiz in the first, then slammed his penalty against the bar in the second.

  • Kerim Frei
    32
    17
    3.50

    Kerim Frei

    Impressed with quick feet and sharpness on the ball that befuddled the opposition defence a number of times. Rarely saw his flair craft concrete forays into the Chelsea box, though when he did, he won his team a penalty.

  • Orlando Sá
    26
    23
    3.50

    Orlando Sá

    Provided an interesting option for Fulham up top with some clever running while working well in tandem with Ruiz. Gave Alex something to think about until the Brazilian was shown an early bath for bringing him down as he was about to pull the trigger.

  • Bryan Ruiz
    63
    30
    4.00

    Bryan Ruiz

    That’s more like it. A couple touches of real class prized Chelsea open , though Kasami wasted both the chance that was crafted, as well as the penalty that was won. Began to orchestrate things as the game wore on and was drastically unlucky to see his penalty cost his side dearly in the shoot-out

Substitutions

  • Steve Sidwell
    12
    27
    3.00

    Steve Sidwell

    Lined up against a diminished Chelsea midfield without ever really fully imposing himself on the game. Quite disappointing considering Chelsea's tiredness.

  • Mousa Dembele
    19
    18
    3.00

    Mousa Dembele

    Was a real bright spark when he came on and tested the opposition back four's weary legs.

  • B. Zamora
    9
    29
    2.50

    B. Zamora

    Made a nuisance of himself though seemed unable to really test 10 man Chelsea. Burly presence was negated by the stoic defending of both Luiz and Terry.

Results
 
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