Chelsea seal late 1-0 Premier League win at Fulham

The three points will offer a timely boost for manager Frank Lampard as he aims to haul his team back into the race for Europe in the coming weeks.

It was visitors that dominated things in the first 45 minutes with only the woodwork and Alphonse Areola keeping them out before the break.

Mason Mount was inches away from putting Chelsea in front, as he spanked a volley off the bar, before Areola produced a fantastic stop to deny Antonio Rudiger.

And with Chelsea growing in confidence before half time their cause was helped even further as Antonee Robinson was dismissed for a lunge at Cesar Azpilicueta.

Lampard’s team continued to boss it after the break with Areola again called into action to deny Hakim Ziyech and Jorginho.

But with Chelsea continuing to ramp up the pressure on Fulham’s overworked back line, Mount eventually conjured up a breakthrough.

Ben Chilwell’s cross was only half cleared out by Areola and Mount stayed cool to steer home through a crowd of Fulham defenders.

Under fire German international Timo Werner should have made it 2-0 in added time but he dragged poor effort well wide of the post.

Full Time at Craven Cottage it’s Fulham 0 Chelsea 1

Chelsea batter Morecambe in 4-0 FA Cup Fourth Round win

The Blues never really needed to get out of second gear as Frank Lampard’s side flexed their goal scoring muscles.

Chelsea were on front foot from the word go here as Mason Mount fired home a superb opener.

Lampard’s hosts then laid siege to the Morecambe goal before the break before Timo Werner tapped home a second.

And there was no let up after the restart as Callum Hudson-Odoi’s solo goal made the game safe on 48 minutes.

Morecambe keeper Mark Halstead worked overtime from there to keep the score respectable before Kai Havertz’s late header wrapped it up for Lampard.

Full Time from Stamford Bridge it’s Chelsea 4 Morecambe 0

Everton returning to winning ways with 1-0 victory over Chelsea

Gylfi Sigurdsson’s early penalty proved the difference between the two sides as Carlo Ancelotti’s Toffees picked up their first win this month.

Neither side created anything resembling an opportunity in opening quarter of an hour before Sigurdsson buried the game’s first meaningful chance.

Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy fumbled a long ball from Jordan Pickford and in his rash attempts to reclaim possession he barged Dominic Calvert-Lewin over inside the box.

Referee Jon Moss had no hesitation pointing to the spot and Sigurdsson casually tucked home.

Lampard’s side did look to sting themselves back into action before the break as Pickford superbly tipped Reece James free kick against the post and Mason Mount curled over.

Ancelotti’s side did edge back into it after the restart as Richarlison forced a smart stop from Mendy.

But the hosts were to be left incensed on 64 minutes as VAR denied them a second spot kick.

Moss again pointed to the spot as Ben Chilwell dragged down Calvert-Lewin but our friends at Stockley Park dragged it all the back for offside against the England striker.

That meant Chelsea still had a chance to preserve their unbeaten run late on but Lampard knew his luck was out on Merseyside as Mount’s whipped free kick bounced back off the upright.

Full Time at Goodison Park it’s Everton 1 Chelsea 0

Chelsea cruise to 3-1 Premier League win over Leeds United

An impressive performance from Frank Lampard’s side keeps them firmly in the title race thanks to goals from Olivier Giroud, Kurt Zouma and Christian Pulisic.

Despite the final result, it was the visitors that started the brightest, as former Blues forward Patrick Bamford bagged his eight goal of the season.

Kalvin Phillips’ pass caught the Chelsea backline out of position and Bamford kept his cool to tuck past Edouard Mendy.

Chelsea did look to quickly react to that setback as Timo Werner’s deflected onto the bar and Illan Meslier denied Mason Mount.

But the with the traffic all heading in one direction, Giroud hauled the Blues level on the half hour mark.

Reece James delivered a perfect ball into the box and the Frenchman got across his man to finish at the front post.

Both sides showed plenty of drive after the restart with vital missed chances at either end as Raphinha tested Mendy and Werner brought a brilliant stop from Meslier.

But the Blues didn’t have to wait much longer for a second as Zouma escapes his marker to power home Mount’s corner.

That goal seemed to edge the final stages for Chelsea as Meslier was called into action again to deny Giroud and Werner.

And Lampard’s side finally snatched that all important third goal in added time as Captain America Pulisic slid home from Werner’s pull back.

Full Time at Stamford Bridge it’s Chelsea 3 Leeds United 1

Chelsea cruise to 2-0 Premier League win at Newcastle

Frank Lampard’s side are now unbeaten in over two months in all competitions, as they move to the top of the Premier League table.

The Blues dominated right from kick off at St. James, with Karl Darlow called into early action to deny Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham.

And with the traffic all heading in one direction on Tyneside, Chelsea edged in front on 10 minutes.

Mason Mount’s low cross was fizzed into the back post and the unfortunate Federico Fernandez got himself in a real mess to bundle into his own net.

But despite their dominance, Chelsea were unable to build on their advantage before the break, with Werner wasting a brilliant chance.

Lampard’s team kept up the momentum after the break, as Kurt Zouma skidded a header wide from Mount’s corner.

However, with Newcastle unable to take advantage of the situation, the Blues made the game safe with 25 to go.

Werner led a rapid Chelsea counter from inside the Newcastle half and he fed in Abraham to confidently fire past Darlow.

Newcastle almost launched a late rally as Sean Longstaff fired an effort off the bar, and Miguel Almiron tested Edouard Mendy, but they were unable to break the Blues grip.

FULL TIME AT ST. JAMES’ PARK IT’S NEWCASTLE 0 CHELSEA 2

Chelsea fight back to secure 3-3 Premier League draw at West Brom

The big news ahead of kick off was Frank Lampard’s decision to drop the under fire Kepa for the trip to The Hawthorns, but his replacement Willy Caballero fared no better, as the Argentinian keeper conceded three goals inside the 30 minutes.

The hosts were excellent in the opening stages, as Lampard’s big money stars were simply unable to cope with them.

Callum Robinson got the ball rolling for the Baggies after just four minutes, as he lashed home Matheus Pereira’s pass.

Chelsea did look to offer up a speedy response to Robinson’s opener, with Tammy Abraham denied by Sam Johnstone and Timo Werner firing off the crossbar.

Those misses were immediately punished by the hosts, as Robinson raced onto Thiago Silva’s error to make it 2-0 before former Arsenal defender Kyle Bartley tapped in a third.

Lampard must have tore the paint off the walls in the dressing rom during the break, as his side came out as a different beast in the second half.

With the Baggies digging in for the win, Chelsea dominated after the restart, with Mason Mount kick starting their comeback with a rocket of a finish.

It was one way traffic in the closing stages, as Kai Havertz slipped Callum Hudson-Odoi in for a second goal to set up a tense finale.

But just as West Brom seemed to be hanging on for the points, England international Abraham popped up inside the box to fire home the equaliser.

FULL TIME AT THE HAWTHORNS IT WEST BROM 3 CHELSEA 3

Chelsea 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers: Mount stars as Blues earn Champions League spot

Mount’s inch-perfect dead-ball strike put Chelsea ahead in first-half stoppage time, before the 21-year-old teed up Giroud for a fine finish less than three minutes later.

Those two goals sealed Chelsea a fourth-placed finish in Frank Lampard’s maiden campaign at the Stamford Bridge helm.

The 33-year-old Giroud became the oldest man to score in five consecutive Premier League starts, swiping that record from Leicester’s Jamie Vardy.

Wolves’ defeat meant the Molineux men failed to finish sixth, with Tottenham sneaking ahead of them instead with their draw at Crystal Palace.

England midfielder Mount proved his huge value to Lampard’s Chelsea yet again, toasting his 51st appearance of the season with a man-of-the-match turn.

Mount has become Chelsea’s first academy graduate to make more than 50 appearances in all competitions in his debut senior campaign at the club.

The versatile creative talent left his most important league contribution to last, however, as the west Londoners finally rubber-stamped Champions League qualification.

Back in November, Mount posted a social media video of his younger self scoring a free-kick in Chelsea academy training, and talking through his dead-ball style.

“I try to base my free-kick on Ronaldo, hit the ball by the valve, and it moves; that’s all you do, top corner,” said the fresh-faced Mount in that throwback clip.

That’s all Mount did with his free-kick against Wolves on Sunday. But even though the richly-talented midfielder has been making dead-eye dead ball finishes look easy all his life, his virtuoso performance here carries major repercussions for the Blues.

Timo Werner was on hand to watch his new team-mates seal that Champions League berth for next term, and the Germany striker will now be even more excited about what is in store after his £54million RB Leipzig switch.

Champions League qualification will doubtless boost Chelsea’s pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz, and the further recruits that the Blues will certainly chase this summer.

Lampard’s bold move to drop Kepa Arrizabalaga for veteran Willy Caballero not only paid off as the Blues pulled off a clean sheet – but could also offer another sign of Chelsea’s intent to seek a new goalkeeper this summer.

Caballero performed adeptly as the Blues hit back from their 5-3 midweek humbling at Liverpool to shut out Wolves.

But at the age of 38 he is obviously not Chelsea’s long-term option, and Lampard is not hiding his dissatisfaction with Kepa’s form.

For the day itself Caballero fitted the bill however, and could now well retain his place for the FA Cup final against Arsenal.

At the death of a gritty first-half devoid of gilt-edged chances for either side, the Blues took control.

First Mount stepped up and whipped home a fine free-kick, then he played in Giroud for the Frenchman’s astute finish.

Not only did Giroud clip the ball away from Rui Patricio, the in-form hitman then hustled around Wolves skipper Conor Coady to angle home on the slide.