Chelsea hosted Hull City today in the first Premier League outing since their loss to Newcastle United last weekend.
The Blues opened the scoring early on thanks to an unlikely Eden Hazard header, before the visitors lost key man Michael Dawson to a suspected hamstring injury. Jose Mourinho's side were unable however to extend their lead in the first-half, with neither side creating anything that threatened the opponent's goal.
The second-half was more lively, with Tom Huddlestone picking up a red card amidst a flurry of questionable tackles from either side. It was unfortunate for Hull, who looked like they could find a way back into the match at a moment's notice.
Ultimately it finished Chelsea 2-0 Hull. Here are our player ratings...
Didn't have any notable saves to make but was a reliable presence at the back nonetheless. Flapped at an aerial ball in the first half but other than that he was okay. 6/10
The Serbian right-back was full of energy going forward. Didn't have to do too much resolute defending but linked well with Eden Hazard and Willian. 7/10
Tried his best to get forward but will have wanted more to show Jose Mourinho he deserves a starting spot. Not really tested defensively. 6/10
A strong figure in the back-line and comfortably dealt with everything that came his way. You get the feeling it might not have been so assured without him. 7/10
An indifferent performance from the centre-half. Could have been sent off twice; once for a dangerous foul on Sone Aluko and once for a blatant dive in the second-half. 6/10
John Obi Mikel
Didn't enjoy as good a game as he did in the Champions League mid-week, but not overly poor. Tried to be a nuisance in midfield but the team definitely missed Francesc Fabregas. Subbed off for Ramires '81. 6/10
A run of the mill performance from the redoubtable defensive midfielder. Misplaced a few passes and headers in the first-half but was his usual dominant self. 7/10
Showed good creative flair and looked a danger until he was subbed off for Didier Drogba in the 77th minute. Provided a great ball for Eden Hazard's opener. 7/10
Lively and energetic from the first whistle and didn't stop pressuring Hull's back-line. Was unfortunate not to get more out of the game on an individual note, but played very well nonetheless. Subbed off for Andre Schurrle '79. 8/10
Man of the match and the man who made the difference on the day. Chelsea weren't typically at the races but Eden Hazard was. Scored the opener, made and then set up the second and never looked out of the picture. 9/10
Tried and tried until the final whistle and eventually got his name on the scoresheet thanks to a tidy finish. Still doesn't look completely match-fit but he conducted himself well and will be pleased to have ended his goal duck.
Drogba 6, Schurrle 7, Ramires N/A.
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