Mason Mount has scored to give Chelsea a hard-fought derby win at Fulham while Leicester, West Brom, West Ham and Brighton also won in the Premier League.
Mason Mount has capped a man-of-the-match performance for Chelsea with the only goal of the game in their 1-0 Premier League win over 10-man Fulham.
Mount's 78th-minute goal gave them the three points as Chelsea's more high-profile players again came up short against a relegation-threatened team that played the entire second half with 10 men, after the 44th-minute sending-off of US international Antonee Robinson.
Mount has become a trusted lieutenant of manager Frank Lampard, who had the young, hard-working Englishman with him when manager of Derby County in the second-tier Championship in the 2018-19 season.
"His quality and attitude is brilliant," Lampard said of Mount, who has started 16 of Chelsea's 18 games - second only to N'Golo Kante.
Mount's goal came when he drilled home a loose ball from a central position inside the area after Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola scooped away a cross, and it brought Chelsea only a second win in their past seven league matches.
"I won't say I was blown away with the performance," Lampard said after the win that left Chelsea seventh.
Under scrutiny this weekend are goal-scoring players, with the British government having told teams to avoid close contact such as hugging and kissing during celebrations as England battles the coronavirus pandemic and remains in lockdown.
One player who stuck to the protocols was James Maddison, who scored Leicester City's first goal in a 2-0 win over Southampton and responded by waving away his approaching teammates and applauding himself repeatedly.
Harvey Barnes netted the second goal in second-half stoppage time at King Power Stadium.
Leicester are second with a joint-best 11th victory of the campaign, splitting leaders Manchester United and champions Liverpool before of their much-anticipated match at Anfield on Sunday.
Sam Allardyce is known for his acts of escapology as a manager, and it might be his greatest feat yet if he is able to keep West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League.
A month after taking charge, Allardyce tasted victory as the Baggies accounted for Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 in a Midlands derby.
Matheus Pereira scored the winner with his second penalty of the game although West Brom remained second from bottom, five points from safety.
"If you win two on the trot at this time of year, it's massive because it puts the fear of God up the teams above us ... we have given ourselves a three-point platform," ," Allardyce said.
Burnley sit just above the bottom three, in 17th place, after losing to West Ham United 1-0 courtesy of Michail Antonio's goal.
Brighton & Hove Albion jumped a place and a point above Burnley by winning at Leeds 1-0, with Neal Maupay scoring a well-worked team goal in the 17th.