Wednesday, 1 February, 2023

Fulham beat Chelsea after Felix red card

Fulham beat Chelsea after Felix red card

Graham Potter pleaded with his Chelsea players to “stay together” after a shock 2-1 defeat at Fulham that saw Blues forward Joao Felix sent off on his debut before a decisive blunder from Kepa Arrizabalaga, reports AFP. Potter’s troubled side crashed to a seventh defeat in their last 10 games in all competitions after another

spluttering display. It was in keeping with Potter’s misfortune that Felix’s promising debut ended

prematurely after his loan move from Atletico Madrid on Wednesday. Given license to roam across Chelsea’s three-man attack, Felix’s pass found Kai Havertz and when the German’s shot was blocked, he laid

the rebound to Lewis Hall, whose low drive was saved by Bernd Leno. Picked out by Mateo Kovacic, Felix fired wide from the edge of the area, then volleyed over after Azpilicueta’s cross found him unmarked 10 yards from goal. Chelsea were level two minutes after half-time as Mason Mount’s free-kick hit the post and rebounded to Koulibaly, who stabbed just over the line before Leno could save. But even then, Potter's luck wouldn't last as Felix saw red card in the 58th minute after needlessly throwing himself into a high tackle that crashed into Tete’s shin.