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Alan Green reports
"Chelsea's attitude and application was just right"
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Saturday, 11 December, 1999, 21:26 GMT
Poyet sparks Chelsea romp

Wing-back Harley set up three of Chelsea's six goals

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Hull City 1-6 Chelsea

Gustavo Poyet scored a hat-trick as classy Chelsea snuffed out the FA Cup threat of third division Hull City.

Chelsea had a two-goal lead inside the opening 30 minutes and the gulf between the two sides became more glaring as the game progressed.

Match facts
8 mins: Poyet opens the scoring for Chelsea
30 mins: Sutton makes it two
38 mins: Brown pulls one back for Hull
47 mins: Di Matteo fires in Chelsea's third
49 mins: Poyet extends the score to 4-1
58 mins: Poyet taps home for his hat-trick
90 mins: Wise's shot is deflected in to complete Hull's misery
And though Hull's David Brown kept the underdogs in touch with a fine solo goal before the interval, it only spurred Gianluca Vialli's men to power away with four second half strikes.

There were just eight minutes on the clock when Uruguayan international Gustavo Poyet scored the early goal Hull City had been praying to avoid.

The ball ricocheted off defender Jon Whitney straight back into Poyet's path and the midfielder struck a fabulous 20-yard shot over the helpless Lee Bracey.

Chelsea, aided by the fine Hull pitch, were already well into their slick passing rythym, depsite the driving east coast rain.

Sutton was ecstatic after scoring only his third of the season
Jamaican international Theodore Whitmore, who has 96 caps for his country, appeared the only potential dangerman in the third division outfit.

He surprised Ed De Goey with a well hit drive and although the Dutch keeper made a mess of the save, there was no Hull player following in the punish the error.

That and a brief second-half rally aside, Chelsea seemed utterly untroubled.

Chelsea's 10m star Chris Sutton, suffering jeers of derision for an early miss, was glad of the chance to add to his two-goal tally for the season.

People think we are soft, I don't think we were that soft today. We knew we were better than them and it showed on the pitch. We showed we learned a lesson and now we've got to get even better
Chelsea manager Gianluca Vialli

He was more than a little keen to remind the scornful Hull fans - and the rest of the footballing world - of his shirt number after heading home wingback Jon Harley's cross on the half hour.

David Brown scored 14 goals to keep Hull in division three last season and he once more found the inspiration to give them some hope eight minutes before the interval.

The former Manchester United trainee sprung Chelsea's complacent looking offside trap and then coolly rounded De Goey before chipping home into an empty net.

After some tough dressing room words from Vialli, Chelsea killed off their third division opponents within five minutes of the restart.

Jes Hogh and Hull's Goodison Hull were exposed at every turn
They scored two quick fire goals which left Hull in danger of suffering their worst FA Cup defeat, the previous record a 5-0 thumping to Fulham.

Both goals came courtesy of Harley's left-boot. His first cross produced a corner which eventually fell for Roberto Di Matteo to smash home from the edge of the box.

Two minutes later he delivered another top quality ball which Poyet headed home powerfully for his second goal of the match.

Five minutes later the Uruguayan got his hat-trick, Sutton slipping the ball to skipper Dennis Wise, whose pinpoint low cross was met from close range by Poyet.

Hull looked to have found enough pride to prevent further leakage but with just seconds to go, Wise's low shot rebounded off the legs off defender Mike Edwards for a cruel own goal which made this their worst defeat in FA Cup history.

Teams: Hull: Bracey, Goodison, Harper, Edwards, Whittle, Whitney, Whitmore, Schofield, Joyce, Wood, Brown.
Subs: Baker, Eyre, Morgan, Harris, Greaves. Chelsea: De Goey, Hogh, Leboeuf, Deschamps, Poyet, Wise, Di Matteo, Ferrer, Harley, Sutton, Zola.
Subs: Petrescu, Flo, Morris, Cudicini, Terry.
Referee: P Jones (Loughborough)

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