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Fabregas bubbling as Blues go seven up.

cHELSEA match-winner cesc Fabregas hailed a vital win after his late goal gave his side a 1-0 victory over QPR at Loftus Road.

The game looked to be heading for a stale mate before Fabregas's 88th minute shot - their first on target in the game - found its way past goalkeeper Rob Green.

The win moved Jose Mourinho's men seven points clear at the top of the table and Fabregas admitted it was an important goal.

"It was vital. We know that we are playing for the most important tro phy of the season," the midfielder told Sky Sports 1. "We're there in first place and we want to continue that."

He also paid tribute to the performance of QPR, saying: "They were very difficult to play but we showed great men tality and never gave up in the difficult moments."

Blues striker Dider Drogba added: "We had belief. We always play until the end.

"It was a tough game but the good thing with this team is we always play to the end."

Meanwhile Manchester city -for so long chelsea's main rivals this term - suffered what must surely be a fatal blow to their title hopes as they crashed 4-2 to local rivals United at old trafford.

Sergio Aguero's early opener was cancelled out by Ashley Young's close-range effort and United went in ahead at half-time after Mar ouane Fellaini's power ful header.

Juan Mata added a third after the restart and chris Smalling also found the net before Aguero pulled one back at the death to make it 4-2. city boss Manuel Pel legrini was taunted with chants of "sacked in the morning" towards the end of the match, which brought to an end a run of four successive derby wins for the Blues.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Apr 13, 2015
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