QPR 0-1 Chelsea: Fabregas moves Blues seven points clear at the top

first_img Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas 1 An out of sorts Chelsea claimed a smash and grab 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road to move themselves seven points clear at the top of the Premier League once again.Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Burnley had closed the gap on Saturday but, despite looking under par, Cesc Fabregas’ late side-foot strike sees the Blues, who have a game in hand, edge closer to the title.But Jose Mourinho’s men, with matches against Manchester United and Arsenal forthcoming, must up their game after Chris Ramsey’s Super Hoops outplayed them in west London.When some early Chelsea pressure subsided at Loftus Road it was the hosts who appeared the most settled as dangerous crosses from Matt Phillips and excellent play from Joey Barton put the Super Hoops on the front foot.Willian did clip the post with a cross for the Blues but Chris Ramsey’s determined backline did well to keep Jose Mourinho’s table-toppers at bay, with Diego Costa’s absence telling.Didier Drogba, once a powerful and domineering centre forward capable of bullying opponents, barely gave Steven Caulker and Nedum Onuoha any trouble.English strike star Charlie Austin, who had earlier thrown John Terry to the deck – much to the QPR fans’ delight – coaxed an excellent save from Thibaut Courtois as the break approached.Following the restart, the superb Phillips whipped in another dangerous cross, while Terry and Austin reprised their battle after the defender accused the Super Hoops star of leaving a foot in on Thibaut Courtois, who has easily gobbled up a tame Clint Hill strike.Just after the hour-mark goalkeeper Courtois was at his world class best to deny Phillips, who superbly turned his man and struck from ten yards.But, as the game looked to be ambling towards a dreary draw, Chelsea finally managed their first shot on target of the match and with it Cesc Fabregas, who had been anonymous, won them the three points.Rob Green’s kick caught the wind and fell to Eden Hazard, who had been out of sorts too, but the wily Belgian barged his way into the box and his lay off found Fabregas who, with a mask adorning his face, rolled the ball beyond the England shot-stopper.With the defeat, Queens Park Rangers remain third from bottom but are just two points off Hull City who sit just above them.last_img read more