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Chelsea 2-0 Hull City, Premier League: Post-match reaction

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Chelsea lacked the usual second half improvement, but held strong through Hull's period of ascendancy before a Cahill header 10 minutes from time, from a perfect Fàbregas free kick delivery, made sure of the points.

Thus ends a wonderful weekend that has seen all rivals other than Arsenal drop points.  Chelsea are now 8 points clear at the top of the pile after 22 games played and 16 to go.


  • Chelsea came into the weekend with a 7 point lead, leave with an 8 point lead.  Crucial cushion heading into the back-to-back games against Liverpool and Arsenal.
  • Hull started in a 3-5-2 but did better in a 4-4-2.  Chelsea started in the 3-4-3, then as usual went to the 3-5-2 for the final 20 minutes with Fabregas in the middle and Willian playing off of Costa.
  • Diego Costa's 15th goal of the season puts him back level with Alexis Sanchez for the Premier League lead.  Denied a 16th by a tremendous save late on by Jakupovic.
  • Captain Cahill's 3rd goal of the season, the most he's ever scored in the league for Chelsea in a season.
  • Another clean sheet, with a couple decent saves from Courtois on long-range efforts.
  • Next up: FA Cup weekend, with a West London Derby against Brentford.  Then the big ones, with Liverpool away and Arsenal at the Bridge.
  • Carefree.