John Obi Mikel scored his first ever Premier League goal as Chelsea’s four-game winless run ended on Saturday with a 2-0 victory over Fulham in the Premier League.
After Oscar powered in the opener early in the second half, Mikel sliced the ball into the net in the 84th minute of the west London derby.
“They have been killing me about it — going to the national team and scoring but not here,” Mikel said. “I’m sure the guys will give me a lot of stick.”
The Nigeria midfielder had only previously scored twice for Chelsea, in the FA Cup in January 2007 during Jose Mourinho’s first reign as manager.
Mourinho’s return has not gone to plan, presiding over the club’s worst start to a season since Roman Abramovich’s investment started a decade ago.
This victory, however unconvincing, enabled Chelsea to dislodge Liverpool from the top of the standings ahead of Sunday’s games.
“We know our fans have been disappointed about a few performances going into these games so we wanted to give them something to cheer,” Mikel said.
Mourinho said he is trying to change Chelsea’s philosophy.
“We want to play better,” he said.
But Chelsea’s ability to remain among the title contenders will