At Stamford Bridge, Fulham’s hopes of extending their recent run of victories to two came unstuck.
If the plan was to keep things tight for the first twenty minutes in the hope of silencing the home crowd then conceding an early goal, in the 4th minute, kyboshed that.
But, in defeat, there were some positive points that give us hope that the 2018 / 2019 season will not end in our Premier League status being lost.
With Claudio Ranieri at the managerial helm, Fulham do look better defensively, the goal on Sunday came from a loose pass in the middle-of-the-park that left the defence open to a swift Chelsea attack.
The side also appear to be working harder, something that showed with the number of clear-cut chances Chelsea creating being very few.
However, there is still a lot to do, Fulham didn’t look that potent going forward, although the Chelsea keeper was forced into a couple of good saves to keep his side ahead when the score was 1-0.
Ranieri, talking to the media afterwards, and as reported by the BBC, had this to say about the local derby:
“We played so so in the first half, we made a mistake for the first goal but we were much better in the second. We made chances but when you play big champions they can do that. It was a positive match for us, we are improving.”
Yes, we are, so let’s take it one match at a time.