Chelsea was held to a second straight 0-0 draw under interim coach Rafa Benitez as Fulham claimed a deserved point at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday, dropping the hosts further off the pace in the Premier League.
Benitez was hoping a victory against Chelsea's west London neighbor would kick start the process of winning over fans unhappy about his controversial hiring last week, following the firing of Roberto Di Matteo.
However this result and lackluster performance will increase the frustration of supporters, with Chelsea creating few opportunities in a dour game.
Fernando Torres squandered Chelsea's only genuine chance in the first half, and it was Fulham that finished the stronger.
Chelsea is now winless in four home league games - its worst run in nearly 10 years - and seven points off leader Manchester United, which beat West Ham 1-0 on Wednesday.
Benitez was spared the kind of fan hostility that was directed at him in the moments prior to Sunday's 0-0 draw against Mancheste...