Chelsea Stay Top After Hull Win

Chelsea extended its lead at the summit of the English Premier League table following a hard fought 3-2 victory over Hull City at the KC Stadium on Sunday.  The home side was punished minutes after the kick off with two quick goals by Eden Hazard in the second minute and Diego Costa in the ninth minute.  All seemed lost for the Tigers until the 27th minute when Ahmed El Mohamady pulled one back to up the tempo of the match.

Just 74 seconds later the home side levelled matters through Abel Hernandez.  A howler from Thibaut Courtois gifted Hernandez a tap-in after the Belgian goalkeeper’s abysmal clearance went straight to the grateful Uruguayan.  From there on the two sides exchanged evenly matched blows coming close on several occasions however 2-2 is how it remained at the break.

The second stanza was as lively as the first. In the 49th minute Hazard laid a superb pass for Cesc Fabregas but the latter dragged his shot wide.  Plenty of opportunities were created deep into the half, but none of these were hazardous enough to put either side in the lead.  The latter stages of the match saw the Blues regaining their lead after a brilliant team play.

Loic Remy feasted on great team play in the 78th minute to make 3-2. Steve Bruce’s charges tried to claw their way back into the match forcing the visitors’ attack-minded players to do some defensive duties however it wasn’t to be for the Tigers as they tasted defeat on home turf.