Fulham 1 Chelsea 3: Andre Schurrle revels in his ‘perfect day’
Fulham 1 Chelsea 3: Andre Schürrle hails the Blues's team spirit after their comfortable west London derby win
Andre Schurrle hailed his perfect day after the German scored a second-half hat-trick to help Chelsea beat Fulham.
After a goalless first half, the Blues midfielder scored a 16-minute treble to put the visitors in command at Craven Cottage.
With the three goals for me, it’s a perfect day
Fulham defender Johnny Heitinga scored a consolation three minutes from full-time as Felix Magath’s search for a first Premier League win continues.
“The most important thing was the points. With the three goals for me, it’s a perfect day. The manager said little at half-time, telling us to get on with it,” Schürrle told BBC Sport.
“This is the spirit of the team. We played very poorly in the first half and very well in the second. The players were a little tired after Wednesday but we showed our quality.”
Magath admitted Chelsea were too strong for Fulham as the Cottagers failed to move out of the drop zone.
“Chelsea were too good for us. They played very well, wanted to win and were the better team. There were some good situations for us in the first half but we are responsible for not playing so well.
“We will not stay up with this kind of defending and need to learn better. The biggest problem was that our captain [Brede Hangeland] was gone after a few minutes. If he could have played the whole game, we could have had a different result.”