Mason Mount put Chelsea back on track with the late winner that sealed a vital 1-0 victory at 10-man Fulham on Saturday evening.
The Blues boss Frank Lampard was under pressure after just one win and four defeats in their previous six league matches that saw them kick-off at Craven Cottage down in 10th position in the league standings.
But the west London club got the break they needed when Fulham defender Antonee Robinson was sent off just before half-time for a rash challenge on Cesar Azipilicueta.
Frank Lampard’s men laboured to make their numerical advantage count, but Englishman Mason Mount finally broke the deadlock in the 78th minute when he drilled home from 20 yards.
That was enough to seal Chelsea’s first league victory since they beat West Ham United just before Christmas and climb up to seventh in the league standings.
‘Of course it feels good to get a win, it has not been easy with the league form recently and you have to break the duck,’ said Lampard, after the game.
‘I trust the quality of the players. There was a feeling we would get a goal because the pressure was constant. It was about staying patient with our passing and I think we did.’