Frank Lampard could celebrate the persistence and desire from his players. Chelsea ground Fulham down in the end, finally breaking the deadlock when Mason Mount drove the winning goal home with 12 minutes to go. Lampard leapt into the air, a weight lifting from his shoulders, spared another inquest.

Yet it was an uncomfortable evening. While the patience was commendable, Chelsea fell short in the creativity department. Fulham, four points below Burnley in 17th place, had almost held out. They played the entire second half with 10 men after Antonee Robinson’s red card and succeeded in frustrating Chelsea for long spells.

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