It is the same point at which he came on for Fernando Torres last week, though this time, Salomon Kalou has been summoned by Carlo Ancelotti to replace Nicolas Anelka. Like his teammates, Anelka was neither bad nor good, and in that way he was indistinguishable from his Fulham counterparts.
But the move does hint at a change in shape for Chelsea, at least in attack. When Chelsea was in possession, Anelka had been coming in from the right to play in the middle of the park. In the early moments of his shift, Kalou has stayed wider, portending him having a chance to run at Carlos Salcido.
As the match approached the 71st minute, Chelsea saw speculative chances for Florent Malouda and David Luiz, neither shot coming close to goal. The biggest reason for hope, for Blues' supporters: Dider Drogba, on the bench, his warm-up pants off, getting the lacing right on his boots.
For now, Drogbe remains on the bench, with Fulham and Chelsea still tied, 0-0.