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Match Report: Fulham lose to Chelsea ~ Prem MD 07 ~ 23/24

last updated Friday 27th October 2023, 6:08 PM

Match Report

Fulham (0) 0-2 (2) Chelsea

Premier League Match Day 07 23/24 at Craven Cottage

Monday 2nd October 2023    KO: 20:00

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex)

Live on SkySports

Mykhailo Mudryk's first goal for Chelsea helped Mauricio Pochettino's side claim their first Premier League win since August as they beat rivals Fulham 2-0 at Craven Cottage.

Mudryk took his goal brilliantly in the 18th minute, controlling Levi Colwill's cross on his chest and finding the back of the net for the first time since his £88.5m arrival from Shakhtar Donetsk in January.

Match Stats Fulham Chelsea
Goals (0) 0 2 (2)
Scorers - Mudryk 18
- Broja 19
Goal attempts 10 11/td>
On target 3 4
Shooting Accuracy 30% 36%
Possession 56% 44%
Passes 561 462
Passes Success 88% 86%
Crosses 22 4
Crosses Success 7% 50%
Corners 8 1
Tackles 16 24
Tackles Success 44% 46%
Saves 0 0
Fouls 15 12
Offsides 2 4
Yellows 1 4
Reds 0 0
source: SkySports
Chelsea had not scored in the Premier League since beating Luton on August 25 but their second arrived almost instantly, Armando Broja bundling the ball into the net from Tim Ream's attempted tackle only 20 seconds after the restart.

Chelsea defended resolutely as Fulham tried to muster a response in the second half, but their evening was not without negatives as scorers Mudryk and Broja were both withdrawn with apparent injury problems before Moises Caicedo hobbled off in stoppage time.

Chelsea came into the game without 11 players due to injury or suspension and also had to drop Raheem Sterling to the bench following a virus, but they started brightly and soon had their reward.

Fulham's defending was poor for the opener but it was even worse for Chelsea's second, with Cole Palmer able to cut out Ream's slack pass and feed Broja, with Ream's attempted recovery tackle then bouncing off the Chelsea striker and into the net.

Fulham took four points off their West London rivals last season but never really looked like getting anything from the game after that double setback, with Chelsea slicing through them repeatedly in a one-sided first half.

The hosts showed some improvement after the break, creating half-chances for substitutes Alex Iwobi and Carlos Vinicius, but they only managed to carve out one clear opportunity and, when they did, Robert Sanchez was equal to it.

It came from Sasa Lukic, another substitute, when he sent a close-range attempt too close to the Chelsea goalkeeper, who pulled off a fine reflex save to preserve his side's clean sheet.

That would have added some gloss to the result, but it was a satisfying night for the Blues nonetheless - even if their injury problems may have intensified.

Fulham's next match is a Premier League clash against Sheffield United at Craven Cottage on Saturday October 7; kick-off 3pm.

Fulham : Leno, Castagne, Diop, Ream, Robinson, Reed (Cairney 65), Palhinha, Pereira (Lukic 75), Wilson (Iwobi 54), Jimenez (Vinicius 53), Willian

Unused substitutes: Rodak, Bassey, Ballo-Toure, De Cordova-Reid, Muniz

Booked: Pereira (57,dis)

Chelsea: Sanchez, Cucurella, Disasi, Silva, Colwill, Gallagher, Caicedo (Madueke 96), Fernandez (Matos 95), Palmer (Ugochukwu 78), Broja (Sterling 65), Mudryk (Maatsen 45)

Unused substitutes: Petrovic, Washington, Gilchrist, Brooking

Mudryk 18 (left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Levi Colwill.)
Broja 19 (right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.)

Booked: Cucurella (34,f), Palme (55,f), Sterling (68,del res), Sánchez (87,tw)

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex)

Attendance: 24,445

Source Nick Wright at SkySports
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