Match Report: Hull v Chelsea
Hull's attacking Threat
By Tiger Tim
February 8 2009
Hull and Chelsea played out a entertaining draw at Stamford Bridge this afternoon. The result means Hull have now gone 9 games without a victory. A draw for Chelsea means they have now slipped to 4th in the table. It was Chelsea who started the game on top and Hull looked to be in for a long afternoon.
Chelsea should have taken the lead on only 3 minutes, Lampard found Ballack who headed goal wards, Duke saved before Terry fired over from a few yards out. Chelsea kept on the pressure and pinned Hull in their own half for the 1st ten minutes. Hull had their 1st chance on 10 minutes, Geovanni trying his luck from 30 yards but it went well wide. Chelsea continued to look dangerous and Lampard had an effort from a free kick on 15 minutes but it went high and wide.
The game became end to end with Hull Finally putting some pressure on the Chelsea defence before Chelsea broke and Quaresma had a curling effort saved by Matt Duke .Ballack fired narrowly wide on 21 minutes as Chelsea again piled the pressure on the hull defence. Ballack had an effort on 30 minutes his free kick hit the side netting.
Craig Fagan , playing as a lone striker was the main threat to the Chelsea defence with his pace. He had his 1st effort at goal on 37 minutes unfortunately he fired inches over the top, Hull with a great chance to have taken the lead. Hull’s best chance of the half came just minutes later when a Kevin Kilbane saw a header hit the post so close again for Hull who had found a way into the game after so much Chelsea pressure. The half ended 0-0, Chelsea looking the most dangerous to score and having plenty of possession but the Hull defence held tight.
Hull started the 2nd half with more belief and began to push more men forward. Maybe Hull we’re showing Chelsea to much respect in the 1st half. Chelsea had a string of corners at the start of the second half but the Hull defence continued to hold tight as Chelsea couldn’t find a away through the Hull back line. Hull seemed happy to play on the break with Craig Fagan’s pace in behind it looked a good outlet, Fagan going close after breaking clear but with Hilario miles off his line Fagan couldn’t chip the ball over him.
On 63 minutes Chelsea brought on Drogba as their went 2 up top to try and break down the Hull defence. Despite the Chelsea substitution it was Hull who continued to have chances, Geovanni picked out Marney who was in yards of space 7 yards out but he sent his shot horribly wide. Chelsea continue the seemingly relentless pressure but couldn’t create much in the way of chances as the Hull defence remained on top. 87 minutes played a Chelsea won another free kick this time on the edge of the Hull box, Drogba stepped up to take it and fired over much to the annoyance of Deco and Lampard .
Hull had 1 final effort as Chelsea failed to clear a corner Richard Garcia had chance to get a winner but his shot was wide he should have done much better. In added time at the end of the game Chelsea push everything forward but again their couldn’t break down the Hull defence and the game ended 0-0. A great away point for Hull. Chelsea will feel their could’ve taken all 3 points but their finishing was awful and the Hull fans will be the happy of the two sets of supporters. The result means Chelsea now find themselves 4th in the table, Hull are without a win in 9 games now but a point at the bridge is a positive result.
Phil Brown: "More than anything that was the most delighting thing from the game,"
"The mentality and the work rate were there for everybody to see, but the most important thing was getting men in front of the goal. When there were shots coming in we were putting bodies on the line.
"We were lucky at times - the John Terry chance in the first minute - and if you go a goal behind then it could be a long day at the office.
rode our luck and then slowly but surely gained confidence from the way
we were playing and we could have gone on to win it." "We
knew there was an opportunity here today. They have dropped 12 to 14
points at home and we knew the crowd could get frustrated early on. "We
had to keep them quiet, which we did, and then in the first 15 minutes
of the second half the game was starting to swing our way in terms of
counter attacking chances. "We could have pinched it but I'm ecstatic with a clean sheet."
"Every time you come to Chelsea you have to hope that one or two of their top players are not firing on all cylinders," he said.
"We knew there was an opportunity here today. They have dropped 12 to 14 points at home and we knew the crowd could get frustrated early on.
"We had to keep them quiet, which we did, and then in the first 15 minutes of the second half the game was starting to swing our way in terms of counter attacking chances.
"We could have pinched it but I'm ecstatic with a clean sheet."Chelsea Assistant Ray Wilkins: There seems to be a little anxiety with the lads when the goal doesn't come early on,
'We had a chance very early on with JT but unfortunately he didn't put it in. Had that gone in I am sure it would have settled the boys down and they would have gone on to win comfortably.
'We are immensely disappointed we didn't pick up three points. We huffed and we puffed, created a lot of chances but unfortunately have not been able to put the ball into the back of the net.
'We managed to claw it back against Stoke,' he added, recalling last month's dramatic turnaround, a victory that begun a run of three home wins prior to the Hull visit.
'We gave the same endeavour as we did against Stoke but unfortunately we couldn't pull off those bits of clinical finishing that would have finished it off.'
For all Chelsea's chances, the captain's included, Wilkins didn't deny that Hull had their moments too, and increasingly so as the clock ticked on.
'Hull gave us another tough game because they are extremely well
organised and in the last 15 minutes when we were pressing for that
winning goal, they had a couple of chances themselves.'
Teams and Stats
Tigers: Matt Duke, Sam Ricketts, Michael Turner, Kamil Zayatte, Andy Dawson, Richard Garcia, Ian Ashbee, Dean Marney, Kevin Kilbane, Geovanni (France 81), Craig Fagan.
Subs: Boaz Myhill, Nathan Doyle, Ryan France, Bryan Hughes, Peter Halmosi, Nick Barmby, Manucho.
Chelsea: Henrique Hilario, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Mikel (Belletti 57), Michael Ballack (Deco 73), Jose Bosingwa, Ricardo Quaresma (Drogba 63), Salomon Kalou, John Terry, Alex, Nicolas Anelka.
Subs: Rhys Taylor, Branislav Ivanovic, Franco Di Santo, Didier Drogba, Deco, Juliano Belletti, Miroslav Stoch.
Referee: Mr L, Mason.
|Chelsea ||Hull City |
|1st Half Goals ||0||0|
|Shots on Target ||3||1|
|Shots off Target ||10||9|
|Blocked Shots ||11||3|
|Yellow Cards ||1||2|
|Red Cards ||0||0|
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