Result: Fulham 1-1 Chelsea

Clint Dempsey
© PA Photos
Chelsea fail to take full advantage of Tottenham's slip-up as they are held to a 1-1 draw by Fulham in the West London derby.

Chelsea have failed to take full advantage of Tottenham's 2-1 loss to Norwich as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Fulham this evening.

Both sides struggled to find an opening in the first 20 minutes, with the first chance coming just before the half-hour mark.

It fell to the home side and the in-form Clint Dempsey. Moussa Dembele broke down the left flank and pulled the ball back to the American, but his effort from ten yards out was straight at Petr Cech.

The Cottagers had another chance shortly afterwards when youngster Kerim Frei found space on the edge of the box before firing a low shot that forced Cech into a smart save.

Right on the stroke of half time Chelsea made a rare foray into the Fulham penalty box, where Salomon Kalou was brought down by Danny Murphy. Frank Lampard stepped up and scored his 150th Premier League goal, a record for a midfielder.

The Blues began the second half as they had finished the first, with Lampard going close from 25 yards out before having another penalty claim turned down.

The hosts sides began to ease themselves back into the game and almost equalised when John Arne Riise was released down the left and tried an audacious effort with the outside of his boot that drifted just wide.

Fulham got their equaliser with less than ten minutes left, and it came courtesy of Dempsey once again as he rose highest to nod in Riise's corner, via a deflection off Gary Cahill, moments after Cech had denied Aaron Hughes's goalbound header.

There was still time for Dempsey slide Riise through on the goal, but the former Liverpool man's touch was too heavy the chance went begging.

The result means that Chelsea now sit sixth in the Premier League, two points behind Spurs and Newcastle, who are fourth and fifth respectively, while Fulham move up two spots to ninth.

Related Video
Champions League
Championship
League One
7.45pm
Barnsley
vs
Notts County
7.45pm
Bristol City
vs
Bradford
7.45pm
Colchester
vs
Chesterfield
7.45pm
Crawley
vs
Walsall
7.45pm
Crewe Alexandra
vs
Peterborough
7.45pm
Doncaster
vs
Leyton Orient
7.45pm
Gillingham
vs
Preston
7.45pm
MK Dons
vs
Fleetwood Town
7.45pm
Oldham
vs
Coventry
7.45pm
Port Vale
vs
Scunthorpe
7.45pm
Sheff Utd
vs
Yeovil
7.45pm
Swindon
vs
Rochdale
League Two
7.45pm
Accrington
vs
Hartlepool
7.45pm
AFC Wimbledon
vs
Plymouth
7.45pm
Cambridge
vs
Cheltenham
7.45pm
Carlisle
vs
Burton Albion
7.45pm
Exeter
vs
Wycombe
7.45pm
Luton
vs
Dag & Red
7.45pm
Morecambe
vs
York City
7.45pm
Newport County
vs
Southend
7.45pm
Northampton
vs
Oxford Utd
7.45pm
Portsmouth
vs
Stevenage
7.45pm
Shrewsbury
vs
Bury
7.45pm
Tranmere
vs
Mansfield
Conference Premier
7.45pm
Barnet
vs
Braintree Town
Scottish Challenge Cup
Scottish Championship
7.45pm
Falkirk
vs
Livingston
Scottish League Two
7.30pm
Annan
vs
Arbroath
Tables