Chelsea needed a late Eden Hazard penalty to maintain their unblemished home record in the Premier League as the leaders beat QPR 2-1.
Charlie Austin’s second-half equaliser had looked set to deny Jose Mourinho’s side a fifth consecutive league win at Stamford Bridge after Oscar had opened the scoring on Saturday.
However, after Hazard was clumsily bundled over by Eduardo Vargas, the Belgian stroked home the winner to maintain Chelsea’s four-point lead at the summit.
Austin backheeled home just after the hour to cancel out Oscar’s opener as the in-form QPR striker seemed set to be the hero for the Loftus Road outfit.
With an under-par Chelsea on course to drop points for the second league game running, Vargas collided with Hazard just inside the area with referee Mike Jones pointing to the spot.
Hazard then had the final say 15 minutes from time as he tucked away the penalty to ensure Chelsea clinched maximum points and deny Harry Redknapp what would have been an impressive draw.
Chelsea began well and forced a series of corners early on, with leading scorer Diego Costa – back in the starting XI after a four-game absence due to a combination of injury and illness – almost getting on the end of Cesc Fabregas’ long ball four minutes in.