There are positives and negatives for Hull city this week, starting with the negative. The midfielder Ryan Mason got injured during this game and will be out for a long while due to fracturing his skull and bleeding within the brain after a clash with Gary Cahill. The ex-Tottenham player has received many supporting messages from around the world and this morning it is relieving to hear he is in a stable condition. On a slightly more positive note, the tigers have signed Lazar Markovic on a loan deal until the end of the season.
The incident came quite early on, a corner came in from the home side to invite both England internationals Cahill and Mason to challenge for the ball, the 2 players clashed heads and the latter of which came off worse, a full 8 minutes (at least) before he was stretched off, with a round of applause from the bridge. An ideal move would have been to bring Jake Livermore on but the (now) West Brom player sadly moved to the baggies and played his first competitive for them on Saturday.
Hernandez felt isolated upfront by himself, Huddlestone often supported the play and Harry Maguire let a few shots rip, forcing Courtois into a few difficult, awkward stops. Clucas made a few darting runs in behind the Uruguayan. However, Maguire could only make carbon copies of recent weeks with sumptuous forward runs, beating many blues' players and at the other end he won many aerial duels with brave, strong defending.
At the end of the first half in the 45+ 8 minute, a ball cleared by the visiting side, was hoisted up to the front man, Hernandez who took a touch and Cahill hooked a leg around him, whilst pushing him over, the referee gave a 'wrong' decision (in my opinion) and allowed play to go on where Chelsea continued to do what they did all game, from the left they switched it over to the right, where Moses edged closer towards the full-back Robertson and eventually took him on and beating him for pace where he pulled the ball across through the defenders legs, escaping the touch of several players of both sides and eventually found the path of the man in the press, Diego Costa to slot him to the bottom right corner of the goal, from 6 yards out, Jakupovic got a foot to it, but the shot was too powerful to keep out.
Chelsea 1-0 Hull
Not much change happened in the second-half, Niasse came on to replace Davies who looked a bit injured however i doubt there are any injury concerns for him now, the striker looked to help out the defence quite often down the same side as Elabdellaoui, who looked comfortable defending again Hazard and other attackers.
The only problem down that side was once Willian came on, and he made a great impact whilst running down the left flank, Meyler came in with a low sweep, however the Brazilian played a smart but cheat move as he jumped over his foot but then fell over like a sack of spuds. The referee this time definitely made the wrong decision with a lot loss controversy. Anyway the other substitute Fabregas swung the ball in to the back post where Cahill escaped Maguire and easily headed home to make it 2-0.
Chelsea 2-0 Hull.
It was amazing to see Hull still trying their hardest even after going 2-0 down, there's a lot more fight and spirit under Marco Silva!
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