Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas scored a late winning goal, as Jose Mourinho’s side finally broke QPR’s resistance at Loftus Road, reports BBC Sport.
Chelsea struggled to find the breakthrough all afternoon, with Queens Park Rangers organised and diligent in their defensive duties. The likes of Joey Barton in particular stood out, as he was keeping the Blues midfielders quiet, limiting the visitors to chances from distances.
Rangers did create opportunities of their own, with striker Bobby Zamora linking up well with partner Charlie Austin. The two almost worked a move that could have put Austin through on goal, but his touch allowed the Chelsea defenders to get back, and his eventual effort was off target.
Chelsea didn’t register a shot on target until their winning goal in the dying minutes of the game, with Eden Hazard holding off the attentions of the QPR defence, before playing the ball into Fabregas’ pass to slide his effort home.
The result restores Chelsea’s lead at the summit, while piling the misery onto relegation-threatened Queens Park Rangers, who more than deserved something their efforts on Sunday afternoon.
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