London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Oscar and John Obi Mikel scored second-half goals as Chelsea stormed to top of the Premier League standings with a 2-0 victory over Fulham Saturday at Stamford Bridge.
With the victory, Chelsea improved to 3-1-1 and joined Liverpool on top with 10 points each. Chelsea also extended its unbeaten record against Fulham in the Premier League to 15 matches.
Chelsea entered the match without a victory in their last four matches in all competitions, including a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Everton last week.
Before the game, Jose Mourinho made four changes, leaving Juan Mata and David Luiz out of the squad while dropping Frank Lampard to the bench.
Mourinho recalled captain John Terry together with Mikel, Ramires, and Andre Schurrle. Fulham also made three changes, putting Damien Duff and Darren Bent in the starting lineup, replacing injured Bryan Ruiz (ankle) and Dimitar Berbatov (hamstring).
However, Mourinho’s side encountered trouble in the early stages when Fulham striker Darren Bent was presented with a terrific chance but luckily, he missed his target.
After a scrappy first half, Chelsea finally regained its form and took the lead through Oscar’s close-range finish in the 52nd minute.
Mikel capped off the victory with his first Premier League goal, on his 185th appearance, when he hooked in Chelsea’s second goal of the game.
The result was better than the result against Everton. I still think that we played much better against Everton than we did today but points are also important,” Mourinho said.
“After a bad start, a start that everybody kept telling me is the worst start for about a decade… today I looked at the table, nobody is in front of us,” he added.
Meanwhile, Southampton recorded its first win after beating Liverpool, 1-0, at Anfield.
Dejan Lovren’s header eight minutes into the second half was the difference as Liverpool was beaten for the first time this season.
In other matches, Norwich City beat Aston Villa, 1-0; Hull City beat Newcastle United, 3-2; West Bromwich Albion blanked Sunderland, 3-0; and Everton edged West Ham United, 3-2.