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Hull   1 - 1   Chelsea

Anthony Gardner and Steven Mouyokolo
Steven Mouyokolo rewarded Hull's constant threat from set plays with the opener

By Sam Lyon

Hull City produced a manful performance to hold Chelsea to a surprise draw as the title hopefuls missed the chance to take their league lead to four points.

The Londoners were lacklustre to say the least, but that was down in no small part to Hull's brave approach.

And it was the hosts who took the lead when Steven Mouyokolo headed home.

Didier Drogba marked his return from Africa Cup of Nations duty with the equaliser from a free-kick, but Hull comfortably held on to a precious draw.

It was no less than the hosts deserved from an all-action display and even though the result was not enough to move them out of the bottom three, it could provide a welcome fillip as they enter the crucial stages of their battle against relegation.

We more than competed - Brown

Chelsea, meanwhile, can comfort themselves with the knowledge they go two points clear of Manchester United and six of Arsenal at the top of the table.

Boss Carlo Ancelotti will surely consider this a missed opportunity, though, especially with a home match against the Gunners to come on Sunday.

The Gunners' comprehensive defeat to United at the weekend looked to have turned the race for the Premier League title into a two-horse race, especially with Chelsea widely expected to move on to 57 points from 24 games with victory at the KC Stadium.

On paper, it looked a straightforward task. Six straight wins in which they have scored 21 goals and conceded only four marked Chelsea out as clear favourites against a Hull side without a win in nine.

But the hosts' disciplined and forceful approach, typified - as so often - by Stephen Hunt, stultified a Chelsea side far from their best.


The title chasers did have two good efforts in the first half hour; Frank Lampard forced a smart stop from Boaz Myhill with a dipping 20-yarder, while Michael Ballack tamely headed Branislav Ivanovic's superb cross from the right straight at the keeper.

However, they were only the briefest glimpses of the visitors' quality as they failed to get out of first gear in the face of Hull's high-tempo tactics.

It was testament to the hosts' first-half play that it was no great surprise when they took the lead, and even less so that it was from a set-piece.

Of the 19 league goals Chelsea have conceded this season before the game, 14 had come from set-pieces, and the visitors struggled to deal with Hull's dead-ball situations throughout.

And Mouyokolo took full advantage on the half hour as he headed home Hunt's corner unmarked from six yards out.

Ancelotti positive at top spot

It served only to prompt a response from Chelsea, though, as they finally snapped out of their malaise long enough to equalise through Drogba's pin-point free-kick from the edge of the box.

Any expectations that Hull would sink into their shell were wide of the mark, though.

They continued to threaten from set plays, Anthony Gardner and Jozy Altidore both guilty of profligacy in front of goal from well directed Hunt deliveries.

Myhill kept the scores level at the other end, sprawling one way and then the other to stop headers from Drogba and John Terry, booed throughout following press revelations about his private life, in quick succession.

And that meant, with 15 minutes left, the match was finely in the balance.

However, a grand assault from the visitors never even looked like coming, their final ball and incision in front of goal - as it had been all throughout the match - absent.

With the away fans streaming for the exits there was at least a fine effort from substitute Daniel Sturridge, his left-footed shot tipped round the post by Myhill.

But it was too little, too late from Chelsea, who will be desperate for an improved performance against Arsenal knowing the title race once again looks to be a three-horse race.

Hull manager Phil Brown:
"We went 1-0 up and I was disappointed with the goal we conceded. Then you've got the second half and you've got to defend valiantly which we did.

"But we played some great football too, we put them under pressure - no doubt about it. We fully deserved a point and maybe even all three."

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Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hull 1-1 Chelsea FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Mouyokolo 30
  • Drogba 42





Ref: ClattenburgAtt: 24,957


  • Hull 43%
  • Chelsea 57%

Attempts on target

  • Hull 3
  • Chelsea 11

Attempts off target

  • Hull 4
  • Chelsea 10


  • Hull 6
  • Chelsea 9


  • Hull 9
  • Chelsea 12
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:01 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • 90:00+3:19 Corner from the left by-line taken by Frank Lampard, clearance made by Anthony Gardner.
  • 90:00+3:12 Centre by Joe Cole, Kamil Zayatte makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+1:50 Amr Zaki fouled by Deco, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
  • 90:00+1:40 Centre by Joe Cole.
  • 90:00+0:26 Corner taken right-footed by Joe Cole from the right by-line, Anthony Gardner manages to make a clearance. Shot from deep inside the area by Daniel Sturridge clears the crossbar.
  • 90:00+0:12 Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Save by Boaz Myhill.
  • 89:14 Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.
  • 89:14 Substitution Kamil Zayatte comes on in place of Paul McShane.
  • 89:14 Ricardo Carvalho gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Amr Zaki.
  • 87:51 Indirect free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
  • 87:51 Booking Didier Drogba receives a yellow card.
  • 87:37 The referee blows for offside against Didier Drogba.
  • 86:08 Foul by George Boateng on Florent Malouda, free kick awarded. Florent Malouda takes the direct free kick.
  • 84:47 Substitution Kevin Kilbane comes on in place of Jozy Altidore.
  • 84:13 Ashley Cole crosses the ball, blocked by Steven Mouyokolo. Outswinging corner taken by Florent Malouda, Header on goal by John Terry from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 81:57 Florent Malouda takes the outswinging corner, Didier Drogba produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
  • 81:48 Branislav Ivanovic produces a cross.
  • 80:25 Substitution Nicolas Anelka leaves the field to be replaced by Daniel Sturridge.
  • 80:25 Substitution Yuri Zhirkov goes off and Ashley Cole comes on.
  • 78:46 Jozy Altidore is caught offside. Free kick taken by John Terry.
  • 77:23 George Boateng delivers the ball.
  • 76:30 The ball is sent over by Branislav Ivanovic, Header on goal by Didier Drogba from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 74:13 The referee gives a free kick against Amr Zaki for handball. Deco takes the indirect free kick.
  • 72:42 Corner taken by Stephen Hunt from the right by-line to the near post, Steven Mouyokolo has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
  • 72:25 The ball is delivered by Craig Fagan, clearance made by John Terry.
  • 71:31 Unfair challenge on John Terry by Jozy Altidore results in a free kick. Free kick taken by John Terry.
  • 70:59 Substitution Joe Cole is brought on as a substitute for Michael Ballack.
  • 70:02 The ball is swung over by Craig Fagan, save by Petr Cech.
  • 68:11 Didier Drogba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Gardner. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.
  • 67:36 Amr Zaki sends in a cross, clearance by Yuri Zhirkov.
  • 66:08 Foul by Amr Zaki on Michael Ballack, free kick awarded. Branislav Ivanovic restarts play with the free kick.
  • 65:31 Substitution Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink leaves the field to be replaced by Amr Zaki.
  • 65:21 Branislav Ivanovic delivers the ball, Anthony Gardner makes a clearance.
  • 64:46 Shot by Michael Ballack. Blocked by Anthony Gardner.
  • 64:30 Centre by Florent Malouda, clearance made by Anthony Gardner.
  • 63:59 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Florent Malouda, Steven Mouyokolo makes a clearance.
  • 63:53 Yuri Zhirkov crosses the ball, Paul McShane manages to make a clearance.
  • 62:59 The referee blows for offside. Boaz Myhill takes the indirect free kick.
  • 61:10 Jozy Altidore fouled by Frank Lampard, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Stephen Hunt from right wing, save by Petr Cech.
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Premier League results

2 Feb 2010 23:59 UK

Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 2 Feb 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 24 38 55
2 Man Utd 24 36 53
3 Arsenal 24 32 49
4 Tottenham 24 20 42
5 Liverpool 24 16 41
6 Man City 22 14 41
7 Aston Villa 23 13 40
8 Birmingham 23 -1 34
9 Everton 23 -1 32
10 Blackburn 24 -15 28
11 Fulham 23 -2 27
12 Stoke 22 -7 26
13 Sunderland 23 -10 24
14 Wigan 22 -23 22
15 West Ham 23 -9 21
16 Bolton 22 -15 21
17 Wolves 23 -21 21
18 Hull 24 -26 21
19 Burnley 23 -23 20
20 Portsmouth 22 -16 15

see also
Tuesday football as it happened
02 Feb 10 |  Football
Tuesday's football photos
02 Feb 10 |  Football
Ancelotti amenable to Terry leave
02 Feb 10 |  Chelsea


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