We defended our lead effectively and could have added to it in stoppage time, Azpilicueta and Werner both missing the target when well placed, but a gritty, patient showing with a touch of class when it mattered ensures we will be taking all the points back down the Fulham Road.
We are on our travels again on Tuesday night, further afield at Leicester City. The Blues will head to the King Power full of confidence.
Chelsea (4-3-3): Mendy; Azpilicueta (c), Thiago Silva, Rudiger, Chilwell; Kovacic, Jorginho (Abraham 65), Mount; Ziyech (Hudson-Odoi 75), Giroud (Werner 75), Pulisic.
Unused subs Kepa, James, Emerson, Gilmour.
Scorer Mount 78
Booked Ziyech 72, Thiago Silva 82, Azpilicueta 90+3
Fulham (3-4-3): Areola; Aina, Andersen (c), Adarabioyo; Tete, Reed, Anguissa, Robinson; Decordova-Reid (Kamara 83), Cavaleiro (Onomah 79), Lookman.
Unused subs Rodak, Hector, Odoi, Kebano, Ream, Bryan.
Booked Decordova-Reid 69
Sent off Robinson 44
Referee Peter Bankes
Chelsea (4-3-3): Mendy; Azpilicueta (c), Rudiger, Thiago Silva, Chilwell; Kovacic, Jorginho, Mount; Ziyech, Giroud, Pulisic.
Subs: Kepa, James, Zouma, Emerson, Gilmour, Havertz, Hudson-Odoi, Abraham, Werner.
Fulham (3-4-1-2): Areola; Aina, Andersen (c), Adarabioyo; Tete, Reed, Anguissa, Robinson; Lookman; De Cordova-Reid, Cavaleiro.
Subs: Rodak, Hector, Odoi, Kebano, Ream, Bryan, Onomah, Kamara
On 30 January 2004, a short chapter of Chelsea history was written when the club signed Scott Parker from fellow London side Charlton Athletic.
The previous season the Premier League had joined the rest of Europe’s top divisions in adhering to a transfer window which opened for two months in the summer and then again midway through the campaign in January.
Considering the amount of activity which takes place nowadays during what has become a huge event in the calendar, the first January window came and went without Chelsea signing anyone – and the same thing almost happened again in 2004.
However, the Addicks finally succumbed to Parker’s wish to join a club which was competing for the Premier League title and in the Champions League, and so he became our first-ever signing in the January transfer window.
At the end of that season he achieved another Blues first when he was named PFA Young Player of the Year, an award which had never before been lifted by one of our players.
Since then, our January transfer window signings have, by and large, been relatively successful, with players going on to win silverware and, in some instances, establishing themselves as Blues favourites in the process.
Although Jiri Jarosik and Maniche, two understated but apparently necessary midfield additions in 2005 and 2006 respectively, both did the former without achieving the latter, it was not until the 2008 window that we truly cracked it.
‘The pair of them were marvellous and have a brilliant natural relationship. My job is merely to keep guiding them, do little bits of analysis but for the most part when you’ve top players it’s just about shaping little things here and there to keep them in the right place.
‘I’ve always been about finding the right combination to win the game and I value what the players do at training as one part of it but the other part is what is going to hurt the opposition.
‘Having that many different options means I have the ability to change things from week to week, it doesn’t have to look the same and I don’t like things to look the same, it’s too dull.’
Lastly, Hayes praised the rise in competitiveness within the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.
‘I like winning, I like competing and I’ll do everything I can to do that. But what I’ve wanted more than anything else is a competitive league and we’ve got it.
‘Whether it’s Manchester United this season, these games are tough week in week out. You prepare knowing that if you’re not at your best, you’re in trouble and the fact that there is a different rival this year and that there is another one, adds excitement to the women’s game. I just hope it’s a cracker for the fans at home.’
The game, which kicks off at 2.30pm on Sunday, will be broadcast live on BT Sport.
‘Some people are being asked to work from home, and footballers aren’t,’ added Lampard.
‘They are putting themselves in an environment where they are potentially in danger but also their family who they go home to, a pregnant wife, a grandparent, a parent, a brother, a sister. We have to understand footballers are human as well.
‘To control the emotions is a fair ask but to dictate emotions on the pitch will be difficult. I hope players can control it, but this beautiful game we all love does bring out emotions.’
Lampard underlined what happens at Cobham is a different matter.
‘We practise social distancing as much as we can in the training ground,’ he said.
‘On the pitch it can be difficult at times, clearly, because you have to train and get close to each other, but in training the instinct of the moment shouldn’t grab you as much as it would do in a game when you’re scoring in the Premier League.
‘So it’s definitely something I’ll pass on to the players because you see a lot of these group hugs when they win a five-a-side and that will be something we look at.’