A late goal from Mason Mount gave Chelsea a laboured 1-0 win at 10-man Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday, easing some of the pressure off manager Frank Lampard.
The result provisionally lifted Chelsea two places up to seventh on 29 points from 18 games, with Southampton, who visit Leicester City later on Saturday, able to leapfrog them.
Fulham, who suffered defeat after five successive draws, stayed 18th on 12 points from 17 games with a seemingly uphill task to avoid relegation.
Chelsea, who had won only one of their previous six games, dominated but lacked bite until Fulham had Antonee Robinson sent off in the 44th minute for a reckless tackle on Cesar Azpilicueta.
With Chelsea lacking any edge up front after the break despite their numerical advantage, Thiago Silva came to their rescue when he blocked Cavaleiro's shot with keeper Edouard Mendy stranded after a defensive mix-up.
Mount finally broke the deadlock in the 78th minute with an unstoppable shot inside the near post after Areola could only palm an inviting Ben Chilwell cross from the left straight into the England midfielder's stride.
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