Mason Mount’s late strike gave Chelsea just a second Premier League win in seven games as they beat 10-man Fulham 1-0 at Craven Cottage to ease the pressure on boss Frank Lampard.
Both sides had chances in the first half as Mount struck the bar and Ivan Cavaleiro fluffed a clear opening for Fulham, but the game’s complexion changed just before half-time as Antonee Robinson was dismissed for a high challenge on Cesar Azpilicueta (44).
Chelsea huffed and puffed in the second half, but were made to wait for the winner as Mount’s controlled half volley found the net from inside the box after Alphonse Areola’s weak punch clear from a cross (78).
The result means Chelsea move up to seventh, seven points off leaders Manchester United, but having played a game more, while Fulham stay 18th, four points from safety.
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Fulham now host Manchester United in the Premier League on Wednesday at 8.15pm, before hosting Burnley in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday at 2.30pm.
Chelsea go to Leicester in the Premier League on Tuesday evening, live on Sky Sports Premier League at 8.15pm, before hosting Luton in the FA Cup fourth round at midday on Sunday.