Chelsea overcame Fulham in the last minutes to earn much-needed three points in the London Derby.
Despite a goalless first half, the visitors had the best chances and they gained the numerical advantage with Antonee Robinson’s red card just before half time. To their credit, Fulham showed resistance against the subsequent waves of Blues attacks in the second half but Mount broke their resistance with his half-volley.
Fulham started better, showing the same energy as in their 1-1 draw with Liverpool. But while Chelsea struggled early on, the hosts could not take advantage.
The Blues did grow into the game and had a flurry of chances before the half-hour mark.
Cottagers goalkeeper Alphonse Areola made a few good saves in response, keeping Olivier Giroud‘s swerving first-time shot out before palming Antonio Rudiger’s away.
Pressure pays off:
Chelsea’s pressure paid off with Mount’s half-volley after 78 minutes.
Areola palmed Ben Chilwell’s cross into the path of Mount, who was in the right place at the right time to drill a low effort home.
Frank Lampard’s men then had quick-fire chances to kill the game off, but Abraham and Timo Werner both lost the ball high up the pitch after poor touches.
Fulham had hope with a stoppage-time set-piece but after it was defended, Werner could not finish with an effort which curled wide of the post.
The win takes Chelsea up to seventh, while Fulham, who had drawn their previous five league games, are four points from safety.