RADIO CLIVE'S FIVE: CHELSEA V FULHAM
Throughout the season former player Clive Walker provides radio and TV commentary on Chelsea's games. Here he selects five aspects from home win over the club from down the road that caught his eye…
Defensively Chelsea looked more solid than in the recent defeats. Fulham's injures to Dimitar Berbatov and Bryan Ruiz helped and they played with Darren Bent up front on his own more or less, with Pajtim Kasami drifting from outside to inside and not really having a position. We kept four people back most of the time with John Mikel Obi sat in front which worked in terms of getting the three points. Apart from the one opportunity that Bent should have scored, we were a lot tighter and looked a better side for it.
If Fulham were to cause problems it was going to be either a counter attack or a deadball situation, and defending against a side playing for counter-attacks is all about concentration. Our focus at the back was something I am sure JT and Gary Cahill were organising, and Petr Cech's concentration is usually magnificent. Between the three of them it is a scenario they have been used to over many games.
Oscar was up against two solid, very experienced Premier League players in Scott Parker and Steve Sidwell. They know how to deal with youngsters but Oscar held his own and played well. He drifts across the line and is elusive and good at finding space, and other players when they picked the ball up in the middle third went square with it, but Oscar in those positions was looking for a player in a more advanced position. That makes a difference to the next move andthe next move.
For the first goal the keeper did Chelsea a few favours but when I saw the ball fall to Oscar to put into the net I thought it is the sort of chance our strikers dream off. You have to get people into the six-yard box if you want to pick up opportunities like that, and I felt sorry for Samuel Eto'o because he was in there and he needs a goal.
John Terry did what he has done superbly all his career with the nod down for the second goal, but you have to get on the end of it. Mikel did very well to keep the ball down and finish and it is the type of goal you could envisage him scoring,