Chelsea spoil Scott Parker’s Fulham 2-1
3 March 2019 GMT 16:01
Chelsea were spoilers in Scott Parker’s debut as the interim head coach of Fulham in the premier league with a slim 2-1 win over the relegation battlers.
Fulham who sacked Claudio Ranieri with Scott Parker given the reigns until the end of the season looked brightly with Joe Bryan long-range strike going past the left side of the post.
However, it was the Blues that found the back of the net with Gonzalo Higuain first time shot from Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross going past Sergio Rico in goal for the Cottagers.
Chelsea were pegged back seven minutes later after a short corner Calum Chambers slipped the Blues markers moving to the back post from Ryan Babel cross deep inside the box and controlled it with a nice first touch and finished with aplomb.
Parker’s side almost went ahead as Aleksandar Mitrovic latched on to a deflected cross inside the box, unleashed a half volley towards the top left corner but was denied by Kepa Azirabalaga.
Chelsea retook the lead after Hazard teed up Jorginho, who had won the ball to launch a counter-attack and when the ball came back to him hit a curling placed shot to the top of the roof on the half hour.
Higuain should have added his second of the night but blasted high when it was easier to score to the disbelief of the Stamford Bridge faithful.
Eden Hazard who was quiet for most parts of the game swept past a couple of defenders inside the box and tried to score into the bottom right corner, but Sergio Rico smothered his tame shot directed at him.
The second half saw Aleksandar Mitrovic miss an open chance as substitute Floyd Ayite latch to a long ball and stub the ball towards the Serbian striker whose header was parried away by Kepa.
Fulham thought they had equalized late on but Ryan Sessegnon finish was deemed correctly offside after Rudiger fluffed his chance to clear and Mitrovic flicked a header.
The loss sees Fulham remain 10 points behind safety position while Chelsea remains 6th in the EPL with a game in hand on 56 points.