The turning point in this game came just before half time with two incidents.
The first was Fulham’s best move of the match when the Chelsea defence was breached.
Full back Antonee Robinson surged forward, his pass found Kenny Tete who crossed but Ivan Cavaleiro fluffed his lines to make a poor connection.
A few minutes later the self same Antonee Robinson made an ill-advised high challenge on Azpilicueta to be red carded.
After that it was always going to be tough for Fulham who played on Wednesday and some of them were feeling the effects of Covid.
A passionate home crowd might have inspired Fulham but of course there was no one there.
Gentleman Jim McGullion, who does a highly partisan commentary for Fulham TV, thought there was no foul by Robinson but it looked a red card to me.
Jim had more of a point when Bobby Decordova-Reid was yellow carded.
He and Robinson will miss the next game against Manchester United.
Reduced to 10 men Fulham hung in and on stubbornly and you had to admire their guts.
However one of our recent heroes Alphonse Areola flapped at a cross and Mason Mount struck the winner.
With both Brighton and WBA winning away it was a bad day at the office for Fulham but although the sequence of non defeats is over the spirit is still intact and our defence is still mean.