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  • Date: Tue 02 February 2010
  • Venue: KC Stadium
  • Ref: Clattenburg, M
  • Attendance: 24,957
Hull City

Hull City

Mouyokolo (30)

1 - 1
Chelsea

Chelsea

Drogba (42)

Hull City vs Chelsea

Team Lineups

Hull City

Boaz Myhill
Andy Dawson
Anthony Gardner
Paul McShane (Kamil Zayatte, 90)
Steven Mouyokolo
Craig Fagan
Stephen Hunt
George Boateng
Tom Cairney
Jozy Altidore (Kevin Kilbane, 86)
Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink (Amr Zaki, 66)

Chelsea

Petr Cech
Branislav Ivanovic
Ricardo Carvalho
John Terry
Frank Lampard
Michael Ballack (Joe Cole, 72)
Florent Malouda
Yuri Zhirkov (Ashley Cole, 81)
Souza Deco
Didier Drogba
Nicolas Anelka (Daniel Sturridge, 82)

Match Report
A battling performance from relegation contenders Hull City saw them claim a well-deserved point from a 1-1 draw with Premier League leaders Chelsea at the KC Stadium. Phil Brown's men took the lead on 30 minutes thanks to a thumping header from defender Stephen Mouyokolo, only for Didier Drogba to grab the equaliser with a pin-point free-kick just before half time. The visitors came closest in the second half through Drogba and Daniel Sturridge, but Hull fought hard to ensure the points were shared. Frank Lampard came close for Chelsea early on with a rasping shot from 30 yards, stinging the hands of keeper Boaz Myhill. The rebound fell to the in-form Nicolas Anelka, but he failed to control the ball; sending it spinning out for a goal-kick. Carlo Ancelotti's men then had a great chance to take the lead as a cross from Branislav Ivanovic found the head of an unmarked Michael Ballack, but the Germany international directed his diving effort straight at Myhill, who was able to make a comfortable save. Moments later Hull broke the deadlock when a curling corner from Hunt was met by a towering Mouyokolo, whose powering header from close range left keeper Petr Cech with no chance. However, the visitors were back level just minutes before half-time as George Boateng scythed down Anelka on the edge of the box allowing Drogba to step up and fire a free-kick into bottom corner of the net to register his eighth goal in nine games for the Blues. Moyokuolo could have scored a second for Hull in first-half injury time as Tom Cairney floated in a dangerous ball towards the French defender, however, Anthony Gardner powered his way in front of his colleague and sent the ball looping over the bar. Chelsea came close to taking the lead early in the second half as a corner from Florent Malouda was met with a thumping header from Drogba, but keeper Myhill managed to make a tremendous save down to his right. John Terry powered in a header in the following melee, but again Myhill was equal to it; palming the ball to safety. Drogba had another chance on the 75-minute mark, but his header from an Ivanovic cross looped just over the bar. Substitute Sturridge nearly stole all three points for the visitors in injury time, but his long-range half-volley was well brilliantly turned away by Myhill.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

It is full time at the KC Stadium

90

Sturridge loops an attempt over the bar for Chelsea

90

Myhill makes a brilliant save from Sturridge, who flashed a shot towards goal

89
Substitution
 

Kamil Zayatte is on for McShane

88

Could be a nervous couple of minutes for Hull as Chelsea continue to attack through Ashley Cole

87
Yellow Card
 

Drogba is booked harshly after catching McShane on the head

84
Substitution
 

Altidore, who has done well for Hull, comes off for Kevin Kilbane

84

Terry's header from a corner clears the bar

84

Chelsea are starting to pile on the pressure but Hull are handling everything being thrown at them so far

82

Boateng is looking really tired and Joe Cole is taking advantage of some tired Hull legs with a few tricky runs

80
Substitution
 

Daniel Sturridge comes on for Anelka

80
Substitution
 

Ashley Cole replaces Zhirkov

79

Anelka rolls the ball into Lampard, who gets away from Boateng easily but Mouyokolo does well to provide cover for Hull

76

Drogba's flicked header clears the bar

76

Chelsea have had all the possession in the last couple of minutes, with Terry joining the attacks for the away side

73

Hunt takes a corner for Hull and Mouyokolo, at the near post, almost scores from another good header

70
Substitution
 

Joe Cole replaces Ballack

70

Ivanovic attacks for Chelsea but Gardner does well to put the ball out for Hull

68

Zaki gets into a good position, tries to pick out Fagan and is unlucky not to find him. Great work from Zaki there

65
Substitution
 

Vennegoor of Hesselink makes way for Amr Zaki

65

Ballack fires a shot across the face of goal after good work from Anelka

63

Chelsea are still lacking a creative spark and Carlo Ancelotti might want to make a couple of changes soon

60

Cairney tries to find Altidore but Yuri Zhirkov gets there first and clears the ball well for Chelsea

58
Yellow Card
 

McShane is booked after fouling Ballack

57

Drogba's header is saved by Myhill, who also makes a good save from a weak header from Terry seconds later

56

Malouda gets his shot in and Myhill does well to get down low and push the ball out for a corner

55

Drogba tries to pick out Malouda with a cheeky flick but Gardner beats him to it and clears the ball

53

Hull are enjoying a spell of possession at the moment, with Altidore and Cairney combining well in attack

50

Chelsea break forward in numbers and Lampard's shot goes high and wide after Myhill made a great save from an initial Chelsea effort

49

Altidore is looking very dangerous up front and Chelsea do well to clear the ball away with Hull piling on the pressure

48

Hunt picks out Fagan, who floats a cross towards Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink. Cairney's shot is eventually blocked by Deco and seconds later, he fires another shot over the bar

45
Yellow Card
 

Terry picks up a booking after fouling Altidore. The decision looks slightly harsh, but the home fans love it for obvious reasons

Second half
 

The second half is underway

Half time
 

It is half time at the KC Stadium

45

Altidore wins a free kick in a good position for Hull. Cairney steps up to take the free kick and Gardner heads the ball just over the bar. Great chance for Hull to take the lead again

44

Hull look a little nervous now and need to calm their play down

42
Goal
 

Chelsea have a free kick just outside the box for a foul on Anelka. Drogba steps up confidently and curls the ball around the wall and into the back of the net. Terrific goal from Drogba

38

Hull are zipping the ball around the pitch at the moment, with Fagan and McShane looking particularly confident

35

Drogba runs into the area but Anthony Gardner does well to provide cover and head the ball clear

35

Deco shoots from distance and Myhill makes a good save. Chelsea have been restricted to this kind of long range attempt and Hull will be happy with the way things are going

34

Deco picks out Ballack, who finds Ivanovic. He crosses the ball but Tom Cairney is there to clear with a strong header

32

Hull look comfortable since going one goal up and really deserve their lead

30
Goal
 

Mouyokolo heads Hull in front from a Hunt corner. Great opening goal

28
Yellow Card
 

Ivanovic is booked for a foul on Altidore

27

Anelka hoofs the ball long. Drogba chases after the ball but Hull cope admirably at the back once again

25

Ivanovic produces a great cross and Ballack powers a header from just a few yards out straight at Myhill, who makes a comfortable save. That was the best chance of the game

23

Hull break forward with pace and look threatening. Hunt manages to get a shot away but the ball goes wide of Petr Cech's post.

21

Lampard tries to play the ball down the line to Drogba but Mouyokolo is on hand to clear the danger

19

Florent Malouda tries to get on the end of a long cross from Deco but Hull manage to hoof the ball away

17

Ivanovic brings down Hunt and could easily have picked up a yellow card for that challenge. Hull make a mess of the resulting free kick

16

Lampard gives away possession again for Chelsea and Hunt is able to attack. This time Ivanovic stands firm but it's been a great battle so far between those two

13

Jozy Altidore bombs forward after stealing the ball from Ballack. That was sloppy play from the midfielder and Chelsea need to start concentrating in this game

12

Hunt surges into the box after beating Ivanovic and eventually wins yet another corner for Hull

10

Anelka lays the ball off to Michael Ballack, who is able to pick out Drogba. Hull do well once again to win the ball back but Drogba pounces on some sloppy play and unleashes a wild shot at goal

8

Lampard shoots towards goal. Boaz Myhill makes the save and the ball falls to Nicolas Anelka but he fails to make good contact

7

Souza Deco, who is starting to take command in midfield, tries to pick out Frank Lampard but Steven Mouyokolo snuffs out the danger

4

Didier Drogba tries to bring the ball down 25 yards away from goal but Hull do well to close him down

3

Some early boos for John Terry as the home fans look to unsettle the Chelsea defender

3

Hunt whips in a free kick, which is cleared by Chelsea. The away side have seen none of the ball so far

2

Paul McShane finds Craig Fagan, who wins an early corner for Hull. Stephen Hunt takes the inswinging corner, which is cleared by Branislav Ivanovic. Good early pressure from the home side

Kickoff
 

The game is underway at the KC Stadium

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Hull will have their work cut out trying to get a result against Chelsea tonight, with the Blues holders of a great record against the home side

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Hull City face Chelsea at 7:45pm on Tuesday, February 2nd.