Fulham vs Chelsea Player Ratings

Chelsea claimed the bragging rights in Wednesday's west London derby after cruising to a 3-0 Barclays Premier League win over Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Lampard helps Ruiz to a gentle landing.

By FOX Sports staff

David Luiz, in his 100th game for Chelsea, marked the milestone by opening the scoring in the 30th minute with a fantastic 35-yard drive that had Mark Schwarzer beaten all ends up, before centre-back partner John Terry headed home a second two minutes before the break to give the visitors a comfortable lead at the break.

Then, in the 71st minute, Terry ventured forward to good effect once again, meeting Fernando Torres' glancing header and nodding it over the line to wrap up the three points and send the Blues back into the top three.

Here, FOX Sports takes a look at the movers and shakers from Wednesday's derby.

Fulham

Mark Schwarzer - 8

Although he conceded three goals, Schwarzer had an excellent game and had it not been for his presence between the sticks, Fulham could easily have lost by a far bigger margin.

The Australian made a series of fine saves and also claimed crosses with authority, and hardly looked like a 40-year-old that's edging closer to retirement with each passing day.

Sascha Riether - 8.5

It seems strange that the Cottagers have not moved to secure Riether to a permanent deal, given the 30-year-old - on loan from Cologne - has been one of the best right-backs in the Premier League this season.

Again on Wednesday, he showed plenty of drive and energy when his team-mates were looking to push forward, but also carried out his defensive duties capably.

Even when the hosts were trailing 3-0, Riether continued to look to create openings. The main problem was that he was the only one doing so.

Philippe Senderos - 6.5

In recent weeks, Senderos has established himself as one half of coach Martin Jol's first-choice centre-back partnership, but he is still very prone to the odd error at the back, and was not the most assuring of figures in the heart of defence.

Brede Hangeland - 7

Thankfully for Fulham, they had Hangeland to partner Senderos at the back.

Even though the Norway international struggled at times to keep up with the pace of the Chelsea attack, he displayed excellent positioning and awareness and cleared away a series of potentially-dangerous crosses.

John Arne Riise (off 67') - 7

Riise was kept busy all evening long by both Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic, but he deserves credit for the way he manfully stuck to the task until the 67th minute, when he was replaced by the more-attacking Hugo Rodallega.

Bryan Ruiz - 5

The Costa Rica international was one of Fulham's most disappointing players, although you would not have guessed by the way he started the game looking lively in the attacking third.

He missed an excellent opportunity to open the scoring when he fired over from six yards, and from then on, it was all downhill as he was easily barged off the ball and needlessly attempted killer balls that failed to come off for the remainder of the match.

Eyong Enoh - 6.5

Enoh may not be the most graceful of footballers but he does perform his role of breaking up play well.

At times, his challenges bordered on violent as he barged his opponents over without even trying to play the ball, but he did offer the Blues some resistance, which can't be said for some of his team-mates.

Giorgios Karagounis (off 77') - 7.5

The Greece international continues to be one of the most underrated players in the competition but it does not seem to bother him, judging from the way he quietly but effectively goes about his game on a weekly basis.

Karagounis put the opposition defence under pressure early on with a number of tantalising dead-ball deliveries into the box, and was often the person responsible on the few occasions Fulham ventured into the attacking third with intent.

Urby Emanuelson - 7

It was a shame Emanuelson was unable to sustain his first-half display following the break, as he had initially been the liveliest player on the park.

Blessed with pace and a bag of tricks, the Dutchman gave Ivanovic a real headache and forced Petr Cech into a smart save in the first half with a right-footed snapshot that was headed for the bottom corner.

Mladen Petric (off 82') - 4

After a bright start to his Fulham career, Petric has come off the boil in the past few months and was absolutely woeful on Wednesday.

The most frustrating aspect of his display was the fact that he did show glimpses of quality on a couple of occasions, but looked unmotivated for most of the game.

His awful display was capped off midway through the second half when he attempted to smash home Senderos' goal-bound header, and ended up helping the opponents clear it over the bar from a yard out.

Dimitar Berbatov - 6.5

Berbatov was nowhere near as bad as Petric, but he did struggle to get involved in the game, although he brought a number of cheers to the Craven Cottage faithful with his usual flicks and tricks.

Subs

Hugo Rodallega (on 67') - 5

Rodallega was brought on for Riise in a bid to give the Cottagers more firepower up front, but he hardly touched the ball, and conceded needless freekicks in a pathetic bid to assert his strength over the opposition defenders.

Emmanuel Frimpong (on 77') - N/A

Frimpong was brought on with 13 minutes to go but failed to really get into the game.

Kerim Frei (on 82') - N/A

The talented Turkish youngster shone in his brief cameo as he proved impossible to win the ball off, especially in and around the penalty box.

Chelsea

Petr Cech - 7

Although Cech was relatively untroubled for much of the 90 minutes, he was equal to the task when called upon and made a smart save to deny Emanuelson in the first half.

Branislav Ivanovic - 7.5

Although he is more than capable of playing in the heart of defence, Ivanovic's all-action display on Wednesday suggests he does his best work when deployed at right-back.

The Serbian not only defended well against Emanuelson and Frei, but also pushed forward to good effect and caused moments of unrest for the Fulham backline when he swung in a number of dangerous crosses into the area.

John Terry - 9

Terry has always been able of popping up with goals for the Blues, but even he must have been delighted to grab a brace with two well-taken headers.

His first came in two minutes before the break when he wisely stayed up at the ball had been cleared and was perfectly placed to glance home Mata's secondary delivery, before adding another 19 minutes from time when he pounced from close range to make sure Torres' initial header crossed the line.

David Luiz - 8

99 matches after making his Chelsea debut on the same ground, Luiz got his side on their way to victory by opening the scoring with a stunning strike; striding forward before unleashing a 35-yard drive that looped over a hapless Schwarzer and into the back of the net.

The Brazil international was also assured at the back and got his side on the front foot with his incisive distribution from defence.

Ryan Bertrand - 6

Filling in for the injured Ashley Cole is never going to be an easy task, but Bertrand is likely to be disappointed with his lacklustre display, especially considering Fulham didn't really pose a challenge to Chelsea.

Ramires (off 75') - 6

While his natural position is still a central midfielder, Ramires burst onto the scene for the Blues last season playing as a winger, and his failure to live up to expectations this term could be down to the fact that he has been reverted to his original role.

The ex-Benfica man is still capable of doing a job in the engine room, but he no longer can produce the barnstorming runs that saw him emerge as a legitimate attacking threat under former bosses Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Di Matteo.

Frank Lampard - 7.5

Although Lampard was not unable to match Luiz's feat of marking his milestone game with a goal, the England international still put in an accomplished display in his 600th apperarance for the Stamford Bridge outfit.

Eden Hazard (off 69') - 6.5

It wasn't one of Hazard's better days at the office as he just lacked the cutting edge in the attacking third.

Even though he received plenty of the ball, his touches and distribution were sloppy at times and it was no surprise he was hauled off by manager Rafa Benitez in the 69th minute.

Juan Mata (off 81') - 7.5

On the contrary, Mata continues to prove he is the man that makes Chelsea tick, and he was at his creative best against the Cottagers.

It was his brilliant crosses that led to both of Terry's goals, but apart from the two assists, the Spaniard was a threat to the opposition goal throughout the game.

Victor Moses - 5.5

It's hard to see Moses having a long-term future at Stamford Bridge if he continues to deliver such disappointing displays.

For one, his crossing was woeful and he rarely bothered to track back to support his team-mates in defence, which could have hurt had Chelsea been up against opponents with more attacking intent.

Fernando Torres - 7

Torres failed to find the back of the net on Wednesday, but apart from a slow start, he can be very happy with his performance.

The ex-Liverpool man looked lively in the attacking third and held up the ball well, even though he was up against two strong opponents in Hangeland and Senderos.

Subs

Oscar (on 69') - 6.5

Oscar failed to really get into the game after coming on but did make a couple of good breaks down the right.

John Obi Mikel (on 75') - N/A

Mikel was brought on with 15 minutes remaining to shore up Chelsea's midfield and had minimal time to make an impact.

Demba Ba (on 81') - N/A

Ba came on for Mata with nine minutes to go but didn't have enough time to get into any real scoring positions.



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