Chelsea picked up their first Premier League win in way over a month as they beat west London rivals Fulham 2-0 at Craven Cottage. Goals from Mykhailo Mudryk and Armando Broja in quick succession in the first-half were enough for the visitors to pick up a much-needed, and very well deserved, three points on the road.
Broja really should have found the back of the net very early on, with the returning Chelsea striker rounding Bernd Leno before smashing the ball over the crossbar. The striker may well have been flagged offside if he had have scored, but either way – especially with the VAR controversy from the weekend – he should have scored.
However, unlike what we have seen in recent Premier League matches, the Blues were not made to rue their missed opportunities. Mykhailo Mudryk latched onto the end of a fine Levi Colwill pass to score his first competitive goal for the club since making the move in January.
Then Broja redeemed himself by intercepting a misplaced clearance from Tim Ream, which deflected past Leno to double the visitors' lead at Craven Cottage. Chaos at the Cottage – chaos that went in Chelsea's favour for once.
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Mudryk sent the Chelsea supporters into raptures with what he did down one end – opening his account for the club in terms of goals. But there was something he did at the other end in a defensive sense that also spurred on the visiting fans.
Timothy Castagne was attacking down Fulham's right-hand side and looking to whip a cross into the box. Mudryk, however, tracked back with speed and put in a ferocious slidingRead on football.london