Wednesday November 28, 2012 Day 14 Finished Stamford Bridge

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  1. Premier League - Benitez's Chelsea booed off after another draw

    Premier League - Benitez's Chelsea booed off after another draw

    Chelsea failed to break down Fulham at Stamford Bridge and Rafael Benitez had to settle for another 0-0 Premier League draw. More

  • Live Commentary

    • Chelsea
    • Fulham
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Thursday morning (UK only).
    • 90+3' The final whistle goes at Stamford Bridge, and it has finished goalless as Rafael Benitez sees his side play out two successive 0-0 draws at home. The boos ring out, Abramovich charges away, and the Chelsea fans are very unhappy as they leave. Fulham take a point, while Chelsea lose further ground. Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+2' Jol is extremely anxious out on the touchline as his side attempt to cling on for a draw. Chelsea continue to press in relentless fashion.
    • 90+1' Ramires breaks for Chelsea with a powerful run, but Hughes makes a brilliant interception.
    • 90' There will be three added minutes as Chelsea surge forward once more in their droves.
    • 89' It's desperate defending from Fulham now, but eventually Schwarzer gathers after a tame shot from Marin.
    • 88' Sidwell brings the ball forward once more from midfield, but he cannot pick out Berbatov.
    • 87' The home fans are streaming out of the exits now as their side continue to search for an elusive goal.
    • 86' Chelsea have had less than 50% possession in their last three home games, but they have had more than enough of the ball this evening - without making their mark.
    • 85' Cole crosses into the box from out on the left, but his delivery is poor and Senderos clears.
    • 84' Rodallega makes way for Fulham as Jol makes his final change, and Mladen Petric is the man to come on for the visitors.
    • 83' Benitez is imploring his side to press forward and attack, but the cutting edge just hasn't been there this evening.
    • 82' Chelsea pass the ball around at the back, and there remains a frustrating lack of urgency from the hosts.
    • 81' Marko Marin comes on to replace Hazard now, and the Belgian cuts a frustrated figure as he takes to the bench.
    • 80' There is a real air of anxiety and frustration around the ground now as the crowd chant "We want Roberto back!" and the pressure is on Chelsea to find something late on.
    • 79' Chance for Torres! Hughes clears off the line as Hazard picks out Torres at the back post, who takes the ball down and volleys on target with Schwarzer out of position.
    • 78' Ivanovic does very well to coolly dispossess Rodallega and distribute the ball once more.
    • 77' The home fans are beginning to show their impatience now as Chelsea fail to really assert themselves, and Fulham have had the better of the last few minutes.
    • 76' Riise stings the hands of Cech as he drives a fierce left-footed shot from the edge of the box, and Fulham are beginning to look dangerous on the break now!
    • 75' The free kick is wasted as Berbatov's effort hits the ball and balloons straight to Cech.
    • 74' Kerim Frei comes on for Fulham at the expense of Karagounis as Jol makes his second change.
    • 73' Fulham earn a very dangerous free kick as Luiz blocks off Rodallega as he looks to receive a through ball from Berbatov. Luiz is booked.
    • 72' Romeu is booked for preventing a Fulham breakaway, and it's end-to-end now.
    • 71' Mata drifts a deep delivery to the back post from a free kick out on the right, but Hazard cannot latch on to it and Fulham clear.
    • 70' Mata jinks inside a challenge from Sidwell, and he really is a class act.
    • 69' Baird has a hugely ambitious effort from 30 yards, but it's a poor shot with no power and Cech gathers the ball very comfortably.
    • 68' Ivanovic is the first man cautioned. A frustrating night so far for the Chelsea defender.
    • 67' Mata is already causing havoc in the final third, and Fulham are struggling to contain the Spaniard.
    • 66' Big chance! Ivanovic fails to make a meaningful contact on the ball as Mata whips over a devilish delivery from the right to leave him with a free header inside the Fulham box.
    • 65' That was an immediate response from Jol to bring on Baird after Mata was introduced.
    • 64' Diarra is also taken off as Chris Baird is introduced by Martin Jol.
    • 63' Indeed, Bertrand is the man to make way as Juan Mata is introduced, and the Chelsea fans are delighted about this change, unsurprisingly.
    • 62' Bertrand wins a corner kick for Chelsea with a pacy run down the left, but that could be his final act.
    • 61' Berbatov keeps the ball superbly as he occupies three Chelsea players before finding Karagounis, whose shot is tame and straight at Cech.
    • 60' Ramires jinks inside two challenges before finding Cole, but he can only drive a tame shot at Karagounis.
    • 59' STAT: Chelsea and Fulham have each taken only six points from their last six games – only four teams have won fewer in this period.
    • 58' Hazard whips over another testing delivery from the left, but Diarra heads away in imperious fashion from the centre of the penalty area.
    • 57' Rodallega puts Cech under pressure as the Chelsea skipper eventually clears, and this game has much more urgency now, thankfully.
    • 56' That was a real chance for Riise, and his team-mates had their hands on their heads after he let it slip.
    • 55' Chance for Fulham! A very fine diagonal ball from Karagounis picks out Riise, who gets in behind Luiz down the left, but his first touch lets him down and Cech can gather!
    • 54' Cole dinks over a precise cross intended for Torres, but the forward doesn't anticipate it and loses his footing.
    • 53' Duff is ruled offside as he is caught napping down the right, and that was good defending from Chelsea to catch him out.
    • 52' Oscar and Hazard combine to good effect, but the Brazilian cannot quite latch on to a through ball as he gets in behind the Fulham back four.
    • 51' Berbatov loses the ball to Romeu, and Chelsea break at pace with greater urgency than they have shown up until this point.
    • 50' STAT: Of teams to have played 100 or more Premier League away games, Fulham have the worst win percentage on the road (14%).
    • 49' Fulham enjoy a good period of possession at the back with Chelsea pressing, before Karagounis miscontrols the ball and fouls Romeu.
    • 48' Luiz goes long to try and pick out Hazard but the ball drops beyond the Belgian and another move breaks down.
    • 47' So Mata remains on the subs' bench, and there were a few chants for the midfielder at half-time. /// @MaxRoth3 is adamant that he needs to be introduced, while @EmreOzer13 also thinks that Marin would be worth bringing on.
    • 46' The second half gets under way, and it surely can't be as bad as the first. No changes have been made at the break, rather surprisingly.
    • - Okay, what changes need to be made? Mata will surely be introduced for Chelsea, who have lacked any creativity or inspiration in the final third. You can get in touch with your thoughts via Twitter.
    • 45' The half-time whistle goes without any stoppage time, and the referee has clearly seen enough for now too! It's been a sluggish first half, and Benitez has work to do at the break. It's goalless.
    • 44' Torres loses the ball to Diarra as he looks to take down a high ball, and this is very poor at Stamford Bridge.
    • 43' Berbatov is caught in possession on the edge of his own penalty area as he attempts a backheel, and both sets of supporters enjoy that!
    • 42' Romeu brings the ball forward superbly, but Senderos beats Hazard to the ball at the back post from Torres's cross.
    • 41' Luiz again sets up a free-kick and lays it short to Azpilicueta, but the set play fizzles out. The quality has been extremely poor so far.
    • 40' Romeu takes the ball down the left and looks to make something happen himself, but again Hughes is on hand to head clear.
    • 39' Romeu is cynically tripped by Sidwell as he charges through the Fulham half, but there is no card from referee Taylor.
    • 38' Azpilicueta gets down the right and whips over a very fine cross from the byline, but Hughes does superbly to get his head on it and to clear the danger.
    • 37' Oscar and Ramires exchange passes on the edge of the Fulham box, but there is no end product as Diarra is able to step in and clear.
    • 36' STAT: Chelsea have not failed to score in two successive Premier League home games since September 2007 – the second game in that run was against Fulham.
    • 35' Rodallega manages Fulham's first shot on target, but it's a very poor effort straight at Cech without any power.
    • 34' Rodallega brings the ball forward down the left for Fulham, but he is quickly crowded out and Chelsea are back in possession once more.
    • 33' The atmosphere is suddenly very flat as the hosts struggle to find any way through. Fulham are looking comfortable at the back.
    • 32' Fulham still passing the ball around patiently but with little cutting edge. Berbatov keeps coming deep to try and get a foothold in the game.
    • 31' Hazard drives a bizarre effort straight into the wall, and Fulham can comfortably clear the danger.
    • 30' Duff rather clumsily trips Torres on the edge of the Fulham box, and that was very close to being inside the penalty area.
    • 29' Duff makes a fleeting foray into the Chelsea half, and he's been forced to defend for most of the match so far.
    • 28' In their first game under Rafa Benitez, Chelsea kept their first clean sheet in eight Premier League games. They have not looked like scoring or conceding so far this evening.
    • 27' Chelsea have enjoyed 61 per cent of the possession so far in this match, but they have done very little with the ball.
    • 26' Torres has his first effort on goal from just inside the Fulham penalty area, but he can only scuff a tame shot straight at Schwarzer. A poor attempt.
    • 25' It's a desperately sluggish first half so far at Stamford Bridge, and neither team have managed to impose themselves on the match.
    • 24' Berbatov brings the ball down with a typically deft touch, but he is quickly crowded out by Romeu and Oscar.
    • 23' Torres is ruled offside as he attempts in vain to make something happen, and he strays with his run.
    • 22' Rodallega concedes a free kick on the edge of the Fulham box, but Luiz cannot hit the target with his effort as the ball goes over the bar. Poor effort.
    • 21' It's very slow from Chelsea as the pace of the game seems to be in first gear. Martin Jol won't mind this one bit.
    • 20' Luiz sprays the ball around once more from the back, and everything is coming through him and Romeu at the moment.
    • 19' It seems that the Fulham fans are now chanting, "Rafa Benitez - he works where he wants!"
    • 18' Oscar tries to play another clever little through ball behind the Fulham defence to Torres but Senderos cuts in.
    • 17' Chelsea are keeping the ball with ease at the back, and Luiz is enjoying his time on the ball rather too much as he holds on to it.
    • 16' Again, there is a long period of chanting "One Di Matteo!", but Abramovich does not look remotely bothered in his box.
    • 15' Fulham enjoy a good period of possession in their own half, and Chelsea are forced to drop deep and defend.
    • 14' STAT: Fulham have lost 50 of their 100 London derbies in the Premier League and have only ever won four of 51 on the road in the capital.
    • 13' Benitez is very briefly out on the touchline barking orders, before heading back over to his chair. Not much going on right now!
    • 12' Romeu is slowing the game down a lot every time he gets on the ball, and he frustrates Cole with a late pass.
    • 11' Luiz brings the ball forward from the back once more, but his ambitious attempted through ball for Torres is misplaced and Senderos can intercept.
    • 10' Bertrand tugs back Karagounis on the edge of the Fulham box as the visitors get some respite with a free kick. It's a fairly subdued opening.
    • 9' Fulham are content to play the ball around at the back at the moment, and Riise is seeing a lot of it early on.
    • 8' Romeu dictates the play from the base of the Chelsea midfield, and he has made a very assured start to the match for the hosts.
    • 7' STAT: Rafa Benitez’s record as a coach against Fulham in the Premier League is won seven, drawn two and lost three.
    • 6' Finally, Fulham get the ball down themselves, and Duff finds Berbatov out wide who jinks inside before being dispossessed by Luiz.
    • 5' Oh dear! A patient move from Chelsea ends in innocuous fashion as Ramires blasts a wild shot over the crossbar. That was a poor effort from the edge of the box.
    • 4' Torres now drops very deep and releases Bertrand down the left with a precise ball, before the left-sided player wins a throw in for the hosts.
    • 3' Torres takes the ball in the corner before slipping over, and there are jeers from the Fulham fans as he goes over. "What a waste of money!" is the rather inevitable chant.
    • 2' There were no boos for Benitez this time, and now we can concentrate on the match as Duff concedes a free kick 25 yards out with a foul on Hazard.
    • 1' The first half is under way at Stamford Bridge, and immediately Chelsea get the ball down and stroke it around at the back. The home fans are in full voice early on.
    • 19:40 Berbatov leads out Fulham, while Cech has the armband for Chelsea, and the players emerge from the tunnel. The blue flags are out in force, and Benitez is whistling to himself as he takes to his seat. A very different reception this time.
    • 19:35 There have been just five goals scored in the last five meetings in all competitions between Chelsea and Fulham, but hopefully that run is all about to change.
    • 19:30 If there are any "Rafa out!" banners then I have yet to see them so far. Meanwhile, @Thetenner10 has tweeted in with his views on Benitez's changes for this match: "Mikel has been a defensive rock but #CFC need faster passing. Mata the most creative but we need more defence Romeu/Bertrand." What do others think?
    • 19:25 STAT: Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 12 Premier League meetings with neighbours Fulham (W6 D6 L0), but the last three in a row have been drawn.
    • 19:20 Does anyone fancy Torres to score this evening? This was Benitez's verdict on the striker: "(Fernando Torres) is not exactly the same player now, because he was at maximum level at this time [at Liverpool]. But I think he can come back. How close? I don't know. It depends on the rest of the team. I'm sure he can improve, but the team has to help him."
    • 19:15 The bookies have priced this match, unsurprisingly, very much in favour of the hosts with Chelsea at 2/5 to win. Fulham are 13/2, while the draw is available at 15/4. What are you predicting for this evening?
    • 19:10 This was Martin Jol's view on the booing that greeted Benitez for his first match: "I don't think I have experienced (fans booing at his first match) before in my career, but of course, in England he was at Liverpool, a big club. He said probably a few things about Chelsea and I have done that in the past because you are like a chameleon."
    • 19:05 So Mata and Mikel are confined to the bench for Chelsea, as are Moses and Cahill. Fulham start with Duff and Rodallega in support of Berbatov. What do you make of the two line-ups? You can get in touch via Twitter if you wish @Dan_Eurosport
    • 19:00 The teams are in - Chelsea: Cech; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Luiz, Cole; Romeu, Ramires; Hazard, Oscar, Bertrand; Torres. Subs: Turnbull, Ferreira, Cahill, Mikel, Marin, Mata, Moses. /// Fulham: Schwarzer; Riether, Senderos, Hughes, Riise; Duff, Sidwell, Diarra, Karagounis, Rodallega; Berbatov. Subs: Etheridge, Kelly, Baird, Kasami, Petric, Frei, Dejagah.
    • 18:55 Benitez has been talking about his misfiring striker, Fernando Torres, this week. He has had the novel idea of attempting to 'give him some confidence'. You can watch the interview here...
    • 18:50 Benitez's last two Premier League matches have ended goalless, and the underfire Spaniard will be desperate to secure his first Chelsea win this evening. His side are four points behind Manchester United in fourth place, while Fulham are in 10th with 16 points from 13 games. Premier League table
    • 18:45 Good evening and welcome to live text commentary of the London derby between Rafael Benitez's Chelsea and Fulham at Stamford Bridge. We will have the teams with you imminently.
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