German Andre Schürrle scored a hat-trick (©GettyImages)
German Andre Schürrle scored a hat-trick (©GettyImages).

Fulham vs Chelsea: A tale of two halves

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Fulham vs Chelsea was a match-up of the Premier League's bottom club facing the Premier League's top club in a West London derby. Both clubs desperately needed the three points.

Last-placed Fulham made the brighter start with Clint Dempsey, in his last appearance before heading back to Seattle, heading just wide.

Chances were scarce, with not much action coming in the first half of play. Fulham centre-back Brede Hangeland was taken off after a clash with Kieran Richardson, with youngster Dan Burn taking his place.

Chelsea knew a win would keep them top and put pressure on London neighbours Arsenal who were away at Stoke, and increase the gap against Manchester City, who are playing Sunderland in the Capital One Cup final, to six points.

The first half ended goalless with both sides not making the desired impact to take the points they need.

In the second half, Chelsea made the better start and within seven minutes of the restart, Andre Schürrle opened the scoring with a good finish after a through ball from Belgian Eden Hazard.

It didn't take long for Chelsea and Schürrle to grab the second goal, with Eden Hazard setting up the German.

And Schürrle completed his hat-trick three minutes after his second, as Fernando Torres set him up for Chelsea to go 3-0 up against their London rivals.

January signing Johnny Heitinga pulled one back for Fulham, but it wasn't enough to spark a come back as Chelsea held on to all three points and remain Premier League leaders.

This result means that Chelsea go four points clear of second place Arsenal, after Stoke beat them 1-0, and six points ahead of Manchester City, who have two games in hand.

Whereas, at the lower end of the table, it looks increasingly bleak for Fulham who haven't won in eight league games and remain five points from safety.

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