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Palmer penalty gives Chelsea derby win over Fulham

Cole Palmer's penalty secured a 1-0 victory for Chelsea against local rivals Fulham as Mauricio Pochettino's side won a third consecutive Premier League game for the first time all season.

Palmer dispatched his fifth spot kick of the campaign with trademark composure after Issa Diop was adjudged to have brought down Raheem Sterling on the stroke of half-time at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea had the better of the game after the 21-year-old's opener but produced more missed chances following their Carabao Cup semi-final first-leg defeat to Middlesbrough on Tuesday, ensuring the game hung in the balance right until the end.

The Blues held on, though, thanks in part to some smart saves by goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic, the narrow victory providing a much-needed boost for the home fans and moving Pochettino's side up to eighth in the Premier League table while Fulham remain 13th.

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