Match Summary

Chelsea maintained their three point gap at the top of the Premier League thanks to goals from star players Hazard and Costa.

The Blues, whose unbeaten league record was shattered last week against Newcastle, recovered against Sporting Lisbon in mid-week but with Manchester City breathing down their neck, needed to maintain their victories and they did just that.

Despite number 1, Thibaut Courtois being out injured, one might have thought Hull would have tested Cech more to see whether he has rusted after his time on the bench, but they did not even manage to record one shot on target.

Chelsea, meanwhile, were ahead after seven minutes. We have seen Hazard show his magic with his left foot and right foot but seldom his head, but that was exactly what he did when Oscar’s left-wing cross floated into the box, heading home powerfully.

Would Chelsea run riot? No, despite the fact Hull’s experienced centre-back Dawson leaving the field injured.

Multiple instances of diving will have tarnished Chelsea’s reputation today, through Willian, Cahill and Costa, and whilst the former and latter got yellow cars, the middle man was already on one. Thankfully the man in the middle opted to keep his red card in his pocket, unlike last time when he sent two Chelsea players and the manager off. Perhaps that played on his mind.

The one man who could not keep his head was Tom Huddlestone, whose awful tackle on Luis merited a red card.

Still, Chelsea took advantage. Costa swept home from close range and Chelsea saw it out.

 

Man of the Match

EDEN HAZARD:  When on-form, Chelsea tend to win comfortably. There were many good performances today: Willian continues to huff and puff, Matic was solid but Hazard steals the show nearly every time, popping up with his head this time. 8/10

Manager Reaction

Mourinho was not over-elaborate in his praise: “It was not a special performance, it was just a good enough performance. As always Steve’s team was very well organised, made it difficult but we scored early and I think the team felt quite comfortable and we never felt any danger.”

Steve Bruce was ruing the referee’s performance: “We could have defended the first goal better, but the big issue in the game is the Gary Cahill situation. If he hasn’t dived there, then I don’t know what one is. Unfortunately, from the first minute, Chris Foy had one of them awful afternoons.”

 

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