Chelsea got a very important three points against Fulham in the Premier League last night, and it was a late winner from the in-form Mason Mount that did the trick.
The England international has arguably been Chelsea’s best player so far this season and he is continuing to prove just how essential he is to Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.
The Blues were struggling to break down a resilient Fulham defence, and things didn’t really get any easier once they went down to 10-men. But the breakthrough finally came, and it was after Mount showing some fine leadership, making a decision, taking the game by the scruff of the neck and going to get that all important goal.
Lampard changed tactics and put two up front in the second half, and it was this change that allowed Mount to arrive late unmarked and finish his chance.
Mount instigated this, as he reveals on the Chelsea website.
“I turned 22 [last Sunday] and now I have two goals so it has been a good week and hopefully that continues,’ Mount said after the game.
“I should have had two against Fulham really, I should have scored in the first half but I am happy with one as well.
“Jorginho went off and the manager brought Tammy on and then Timo on so I dropped a bit deeper and I was in there with Kov [Mateo Kovacic] so I told him to sit a bit and that allowed me to go a bit more forward, and then I found myself in the box which recently in the last couple of weeks I haven’t been doing.
“I haven’t been getting in the box as much and that was something I looked at. I managed to get in there in this game and it fell to me.
“They had five at the back and that is always difficult,’ said Mount. ‘You kind of feel like you are camped in and you are trying to keep the ball and you feel like you are getting impatient at times and you start forcing it. That kind of sets in but we did well on that and we stayed patient.
“We tried to play and with them having a man sent off it helped us coming out for the second half, and then it got better and better and we nicked the goal so we are pleased with that.
“The gaffer said just keep moving the ball, keeping staying confident and keep trying to open them up and let our quality come out and I thought we did that.
“We analysed them a lot so we knew they have very good threats up front and they defend well. Against many other teams they don’t give many chances away so we knew that but we stayed patient, we kept moving the ball and tried to open them up from the sides and get crosses in. Hopefully one was going to fall to us and luckily that fell to me and I managed to score.”