Sunday 11 December 2016

Hull v Chelsea: Story of the match

Published 01/10/2016 | 17:21

Diego Costa, left, took the plaudits in Chelsea's win
Diego Costa, left, took the plaudits in Chelsea's win

Diego Costa got Chelsea's season back on track with a superb second-half performance to sink Hull at the KCOM Stadium.

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The Spanish striker set up the opener for Willian on the hour mark then curled home a similar effort six minutes later to end his side's run of two consecutive Premier League defeats.

It was a timely tonic for Blues boss Antonio Conte, who had seen his side struggle in a dismal first half in which they failed to muster a single shot on target.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"For the 1st time in 4 years we actually have some natural width today!" - snooker star and Chelsea fan Neil Robertson approves of his side's change of formation.

STAR MAN

Diego Costa. The striker cut a figure of frustration in a difficult first period for the visitors, but came into his own after the break. His physical presence increasingly unsettled the home defence and he made space to set up Willian's opener before a cool finish of his own effectively sealed his side's three points.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

The importance of Willian's deliciously curled opener just past the hour mark can surely not be understated. Chelsea had struggled desperately up to that point and but for the acrobatics of Thibaut Courtois could have been heading for another defeat. But the Brazilian's superb finish turned the match on its head.

VIEW FROM THE BENCH

Conte will have been delighted with the way his side shrugged off a poor first-half performance to largely dominate in the second half. He will have been particularly delighted to see his striking options grow with the tireless performance of Victor Moses, making his first league start in three years. Despite the result Mike Phelan will have seen plenty of positives which could yet nudge him into signing a permanent deal to stay on at the KCOM Stadium. But for a bit of luck his Tigers side could have been looking at a two-goal lead at the interval.

RATINGS

Hull

David Marshall 6 (out of 10)

Andy Robertson 6

Curtis Davies 7

Jake Livermore 6

David Meyler 5

Robert Snodgrass 7

Sam Clucas 7

Markus Henriksen 6

Ryan Mason 6

Adama Diomande 5

Dieumerci Mbokani 6

Substitutes

Tom Huddlestone (for Clucas) 6

Shaun Maloney (for Diomande) 6

Abel Hernandez (for Henriksen) 6

Chelsea

Thibaut Courtois 7

Cesar Azpilicueta 6

Gary Cahill 7

David Luiz 6

Marcos Alonso 6

N'Golo Kante 6

Nemanja Matic 6

Willian 8

Victor Moses 7

Eden Hazard 6

Diego Costa 8

Substitutes

Oscar (for Hazard) 6

Pedro (for Moses) 6

Nathaniel Chalobah (for Willian)

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