Timo Werner prolonged his Premier League purpose drought to 10 matches as Chelsea beat Fulham on Saturday.
Mason Mount scored the sport’s solely purpose within the 78th minute to settle the London derby within the Blues’ favour.
Werner didn’t begin the match and got here on instead three minutes earlier than Mount transformed.
Regardless of solely being on the pitch for 20 minutes (together with stoppage time), the German had possibilities to search out the web.
Essentially the most blatant of those got here proper on the very finish as Chelsea counter-attacked after a determined Fulham nook.
Werner was performed in one-on-one with 30 yards to run forward of him earlier than he confronted goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.
He had the tempo to attempt for purpose, however the man who was among the many most scientific strikers in Europe final season was as soon as once more let down by his ending.
Werner approached from the left as he charged forwards.
He then side-footed the ball aiming for the far submit, however scuffed it and despatched his shot far vast of the goal.
When the ball crossed the goal-line, it was round six yards away from the submit.
On the entire, the sport was a good and turgid affair, with Scott Parker’s facet lowered to 10 males after Antonee Robinson noticed crimson for a rash problem on Cesar Azpilicueta.
Regardless of having to play greater than 45 minutes with ten males, the Cottagers displayed the kind of resilience which is slowly however certainly beginning to praise their sturdy attacking play.
Nonetheless, the impasse was lastly damaged on the banks of the Thames with little greater than ten minutes remaining when Ben Chilwell’s cross was palmed away by Alphonse Areola straight into Mount’s path to volley dwelling.
Frank Lampard’s facet transfer as much as seventh within the desk after claiming a significant three factors, to maintain the strain on the likes of Tottenham, Everton and Leicester within the race for the Champions League locations.
For Fulham, they continue to be within the relegation locations after their ninth defeat of the season and face a frightening go to to Outdated Trafford on Wednesday night.