Ancelotti's Blues March On  (Sky Sports)

Fulham 0 Chelsea 2

Didier DrogbaDidier Drogba and Nicola Anelka were on target as Chelsea beat Fulham 2-0 at Craven Cottage to maintain their perfect start to the campaign.

Drogba's opener came in the 39th minute after Frank Lampard fed the ball through to Anelka who passed onto the Ivorian to slot home.

Drogba repaid the favour in the second period as he passed to Anelka who made no mistake on 76 minutes to seal the win.

The victory makes it three wins out of three for Carlo Ancelotti's side as they keep up with the early pace in the top flight.

But the scoreline could have much higher at Craven Cottage had the visitors taken their many chances in the south-west London derby.

But it was Fulham who had the first chance of the afternoon when Clint Dempsey latched onto a John Pantsil cross, turned but then shot well over.

Chelsea then wasted a chance to punish Fulham in the 12th minute when Drogba was brought down on the edge of the penalty area by Fulham captain Danny Murphy.

Michael Ballack elected to try his luck with the free-kick from 25 yards out in a central position but put his effort over the bar.

John Obi Mikel then had Mark Schwarzer flinging himself to his right in the 21st minute when the Nigerian midfielder despatched a 20-yard volley towards the top corner. However, fortunately for the Fulham goalkeeper, Mikel's effort flashed wide of the upright.


Fulham responded quickly but a cross from Murphy was easily held by Petr Cech in the Chelsea goal.

The home side had done little to suggest they had the firepower to trouble Chelsea's rearguard.

Chelsea continued to press for an opening goal but their final ball was a disappointment on numerous occasions.

Captain John Terry was an example of their growing frustration when he tried his luck from 25 yards - but Schwarzer was left untroubled by the piledriver as it soared over the bar.

But Chelsea finally broke the deadlock in the 39th minute when a fine three-man move left Fulham floored.

Lampard slipped the ball through to Anelka, who in turn put Drogba in the clear with a clever pass.

The Ivory Coast international made no mistake as he slipped the ball beyond the advancing Schwarzer for his third goal of the season.

It was just reward for Chelsea's first-half domination and a perfect example of how to pass the ball through an opposing defence.

Drogba managed to get clear of the Fulham defence again moments later but he was ruled marginally offside.

Second period

In the second period, Fulham almost fluked an equaliser in the 50th minute when Murphy's deep cross into the penalty area was headed over his own goal by Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho.

But Chelsea's domination was soon restored and Drogba almost grabbed a second in the 54th minute when he latched on to a clever lob by Anelka.

This time, however, the Ivorian was denied at the second attempt by Australian goalkeeper Schwarzer.

Ancelotti's side were in total control and Florent Malouda should have done better when he shot wide on the hour - his angled drive flashing wide the far post.

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson replaced the ineffective Zoltan Gera with Diomansy Kamara in the 62nd minute to loud cheers of approval from the home fans.

The home side just could not keep possession and the frustration of the home fans was all too evident.

Chelsea's neat approach play had everything, guile, surprise, intelligent running off the ball and accurate passing.

The only real surprise of the afternoon was that the scoreline remained 1-0 to the Blues.

Fulham could not cope with Malouda's pace and trickery on the left flank and but for some last-gasp defending from the home side, Chelsea would have increased their advantage.

The Cottagers were dealt another blow in the 69th minute when captain Murphy went off injured to be replaced by Chris Baird.

Chelsea then went two goals in front in the 76th minute when Drogba turned supplier for Anelka.

The France international rounded Schwarzer and coolly slotted the ball home to make sure of all three points for Chelsea and preserve their 100 per cent start to the new season.


Fulham  Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Hangeland, Konchesky, Gera (Kamara 63), Murphy (Baird 70), Etuhu, Duff, Dempsey, Zamora (Nevland 75)
Subs Not Used Zuberbuhler, Kelly, Riise, Seol

Chelsea  Cech, Bosingwa (Hutchinson 86), Carvalho, Terry, A. Cole, Ballack, Mikel, Malouda, Lampard (Deco 81), Anelka, Drogba
Subs Not Used
  Turnbull, Ivanovic, Essien, Kalou, Sturridge
Goals  Drogba 39, Anelka 76

Attendance 25,404

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