Fulham slipped closer to relegation as Scott Parker’s first game as caretaker manager ended in defeat by west London neighbours Chelsea at Craven Cottage.
Gonzalo Higuain set Chelsea on their way to a first Premier League away win of 2019 with a high-quality finish from Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross.
Fulham, who sacked Claudio Ranieri on Thursday, produced a spirited display and equalised through Calum Chambers from a corner, awarded after recalled Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s exceptional save had kept out Aleksandar Mitrovic’s volley.
They were level for only four minutes, Jorginho’s well-placed finish from 20 yards leaving Chelsea only two points adrift of fourth spot.
Ryan Sessegnon thought he had equalised in the closing moments but the 18-year-old’s effort was ruled out for offside.