Chelsea 2 – 0 Fulham – Chelsea held off a spirited Fulham side to claim a valuable victory and move up to third in the Premier League.
The Blues took the lead early on when Pedro slotted home from N’Golo Kante’s pass and they could have had more in the first half had Sergio Rico not twice denied Olivier Giroud.
Fulham threatened to find an equaliser in the second half as Chelsea struggled for fluency, but substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek made the win safe when he fired past Rico after an intricate passing move with Eden Hazard and Pedro.
Defeat for Fulham means they stay bottom of the table, having claimed only one point from a possible 24 away from home this season.
Chelsea 2 – 0 Fulham | English Premier League – Match Highlights
1. 4′ 1 – 0 Pedro gives Chelsea lead after Seri caught in possession! Oh dear. Jean Michael Seri is caught in possession by N’Golo Kante in the middle of the pitch and the Frenchman has acres of space. He slips it through to Pedro on the right side of the box and the winger steps inside onto his left foot and fires it into bottom of the far corner. Not what Fulham needed!
2. 82′ 2 – 0 Ruben Loftus-Cheek adds to Pedro opener for Chelsea! What a lovely goal! Pedro, Eden Hazard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek all combine with quick, first-touch passing and nifty flicks on the edge of the box before it comes to Loftus-Cheek on the right-hand side of the area. He has space to shoot and does with power, smashing it into the back of the net.