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Chelsea 0 - 0 Fulham

Stamford_Bridge.jpg29 September, FA Premier League, Stamford BridgeChelsea made it four league games without a win as Fulham made it a frustrating afternoon for the FA Cup holders in the West London derby._44146511_didier_drogba203.jpgThe game, despite the final score, was a captivating match-up between two sides who have struggled in the league of late and Fulham could have stolen all three points at the death. The result was the least of worries to Chelsea manager Avram Grant, as John Terry suffered a fractured cheekbone and Didier Drogba was shown a red card for two yellow card offences.The Chelsea faithful showed their loyalty to Jose Mourinho by singing his name throughout the ninety minutes, but it was owner Roman Abramovich and not manager Avram Grant who was subject to a number of taunts from the Stamford Bridge crowd - even with the Russian billionaire sitting with the fans in the Shed End.Grant decided to play an attacking game despite Chelsea's failure to register a league goal since Frank Lampard's drive in the first half against Portsmouth, with Salomon Kalou and Didier Drogba partnering the woeful Andrei Shevchenko.The first half was hardly Chelsea's most convincing at Stamford Bridge in recent years, with Chelsea almost behind going into the break. There were strong shouts for a Fulham penalty as Tal Ben Haim appeared to head the ball onto his own hand, and Fulham could have broken Chelsea hearts when Clint Dempsey headed inches wide of Petr Cech's goal moments before the interval._44146547_drogba_pa.jpgJoe Cole was looking lively, and his pass to Drogba resulted in a booking for the Ivorian; adamant Chris Baird had impeded him. Matters went from bad to worse when Terry was substituted at half time following a collision with Dempsey, who appeared to elbow the Chelsea and England captain in an aerial challenge.Kasey Keller pulled off a good save immediately at the beginning of the second half, as Kalou's scuffed shot from Joe Cole's cross appeared to be headed into the bottom corner, but the ageing American pushed the ball behind for a corner.Drogba unleashed a rasping shot straight at Keller and Shevchenko managed a rare effort on target, but the Ukrainian was soon substituted, Avram Grant deciding to bring on Peruvian forward Claudio Pizarro. Kalou then wasted Chelsea's vest opportunity as he headed over from Ashley Cole's flick and Joe Cole shot wide when put through.Grant brought on Malouda for Ashley Cole and went three at the back, but Chelsea's hopes of a winner were quashed when Drogba was sent off for a high-boot on Chris Baird. Fulham nearly stole all three points when Paul Konchesky broke through one-on-one with Petr Cech. The goalkeeper rushed out and made an excellent save, but Diomansy Kamara was guilty of missing an excellent opportunity in stoppage time. Chelsea remain unbeaten at home, but nowhere near convincing.Chelsea: Cech, 7 Belletti, 7, Terry, 6, Ben Haim, 6, Ashley Cole, 6, Joe Cole, 7, Makelele, 6, Sidwell, 6, Drogba, 6, Shevchenko, 4, Kalou, 6Subs Used: Alex, 6, Pizarro, 6, Malouda, 7Subs Not Used: Cudicini, FerreiraBooked: DrogbaSent Off: DrogbaFulham: Keller, Baird, Hughes, Bocanegra, Konchesky, Ki-Hyeon (Bouazza 73), Smertin (Murphy 82), Davis, Davies, Healy (Kamara 67), Dempsey.Subs Not Used: Niemi, Kuqi. Booked: Davis. Att: 41,837. Ref: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire).

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