Approaching the final 10 minutes, Chelsea is starting to generate chances. A cross from Frank Lampard almost opened the scoring, with Michael Essien just late on a header from six yards out at Mark Schwarzer's near post. A minute later, a ball headed down by Didier Drogba looked destined for a one-timer from Lampard, were it not for a great defensive play by Steve Sidwell. And then a minute after that, Drogab muscled past Chris Baird on the left, went along the byline before putting a gasp-inducing ball through the box.
You can feel the tension building at Craven Cottage, and when Ramires blistered a 24-yard shot through a packed defense and onto Mark Schwarzer, the crowd groan with the fears of a break-through goal. But as if to assuage those fears, Clint Dempsey nearly put Fulham up seconds later, with Schwarzr's punt creating a 16-yard shot for Dempsey after the U.S. international out-muscled John Terry to create the chance.
Regardless, Mark Hughes is making changes. Eidur Gudjohnsen is on for Moussa Dembele. Zoltan Gera is on for Danny Murphy. The Cottagers are out of substitutions and ready to bunker.
There's only six minutes left at Craven Cottage, the score still 0-0.