Chelsea beat Fulham 2-0 in English Premier League

LONDON: Chelsea claimed their third successive victory in the English Premier Football League defeating Fulham 2-0 here on Sunday.

Carlo Ancelotti cut a contented figure at Craven Cottage after his side cruised home against their west London rivals rivals thanks to goals in either half from Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka.

The triumph put Chelsea into second place in the English Premier League table behind Tottenham, but of more significance to Ancelotti will have been the nonchalant manner of the performance.

Chelsea were almost completely untroubled by Roy Hodgson''s team, who badly missed the injured Andy Johnson, and this display - characterised by doughty defending and lethal finishing - sent an ominous message to their title rivals.

Ancelotti''s satisfaction will have been compounded by the fact that Fulham are a side that traditionally revel in bloodying the noses of the top flight''s elite, and Chelsea have suffered more than most.

In other matches, Burnley defeated Everton 1-0 and Tottenham beat West Ham 2-1.