The FA Cup - Fourth Round
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Hull City 1-2 Chelsea: Blues edge Tigers to reach FA Cup fifth round

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Highlights: Hull City 1-2 Chelsea

Michy Batshuayi and Fikayo Tomori scored in either half as Chelsea beat Championship side Hull to reach the FA Cup fifth round.

The Blues took an early lead when Batshuayi's strike deflected off Hull's Ryan Tafazolli and the ball flew beyond wrong-footed goalkeeper George Long.

Chelsea dominated the rest of the half with Long required to make a series of good saves, but after the break the Championship side enjoyed a spell of domination where they threatened an equaliser.

Herbie Kane failed to make the most of a free-kick while Jarrod Bowen had the Chelsea defence scrambling with a piercing run but put his shot just over the bar.

The hosts' hopes were knocked, though, when Chelsea added a second from a free-kick as Tomori, who had a season-long loan at Hull two years ago, nodded in Ross Barkley's delivery for his second goal for Frank Lampard's side.

Chelsea twice went close to adding a third through Pedro, who first placed an effort just wide of the far post before clipping an effort over the goalkeeper only for the ball to land in the side-netting.

Instead it was Hull who scored to set up a tense finale as Kamil Grosicki's free-kick from the edge of the box took a wicked deflection to land in the back of the net.

However, Chelsea held on to edge victory and ensure their place in Monday's fifth-round draw.

Batshuayi stakes his claim?

With Tammy Abraham out injured and Chelsea rumoured to be considering striker options before the transfer window closes on Friday, this game represented a big chance for Batshuayi to prove to boss Lampard that he can have a part to play.

The Belgian striker has struggled to force his way into the first-team reckoning since his £33m move from Marseille in 2016, starting just four Premier League games since then.

Most of the 26-year-old's time at Stamford Bridge has been spent away on loan but despite his limited starts, his strike rate at the Blues is still impressive, averaging a goal every 92 minutes.

It took him just six minutes to get on the scoresheet against Hull, and while there was a big slice of fortune about the goal - his shot deflecting wickedly off Tafazolli - Batshuayi had positioned himself well in the build-up, drifting away from his opponents to give him ample space to get the shot off.

But Batshuayi failed to build on that and was largely quiet for the rest of the game with his most significant contribution a near post-block to cut out a dangerous Hull free-kick.

If Chelsea are indeed considering bolstering their attacking options, this performance from Batshuayi is unlikely to deter Lampard from dipping into the transfer market, but the Blues boss has challenged the player to continue to fill in for Abraham.

"He got his goal so I'm pleased as it'll help his confidence," Lampard said. "I've said it all season, we can't just rely on Tammy. I want him firing, I've said all season that he can do this, so I just want to see him putting home goals.

"I want to see to him performing, at this level you're judged on scoring goals and I know he can do that so it's good to see it."

Tigers beaten but not mauled

Hull faced a sizeable task of causing an upset. They had not beaten Chelsea in any competition since 1988 and were thumped 4-0 by the Blues in the FA Cup in 2018.

The Tigers also went into this game on the back of two league defeats - failing to score a goal in either of those games - but nevertheless gave a good account of themselves with a spirited performance.

Top scorer Bowen, linked with a move to the top flight this month, was their busiest player in the first half and managed four shots on goal - more than any other player on the pitch although none of them really troubled Willy Caballero in the Chelsea goal.

The 23-year-old's best moment came early in the second half when he took on three players by himself before poking a shot just over the bar.

From then on his influence waned and Hull's spark dulled but Grosicki's fortuitous goal in the closing stages gave them renewed hope.

In the end, a second goal was just beyond them but this was a gutsy performance that Tigers fans will hope can help reignite their play-off challenge. Hull are seven points off the top six.

"I was pleased with the response they produced and I was pleased with some individual performances," said Hull boss Grant McCann.

"It was a big game today, but we're back to league games and that's more important. It was nice to see the stadium full, when we got back to 2-1 I could feel the roar coming, we really felt the support."

Lampard's winning run continues - the stats

  • Chelsea are unbeaten in 16 games against Hull City, winning 14 and drawing two since a 3-0 defeat in October 1988.
  • Hull have won none of their 11 FA Cup games against Chelsea (D3 L8).
  • Chelsea have only lost one of their last 47 FA Cup matches against sides in the second tier (W37 D9), with that loss coming against Barnsley in the 2007-08 quarter-finals.
  • Frank Lampard has been on the winning side in each of his last six meetings with Hull City as a player or manager; two as a player with Chelsea and Manchester City and four as a manager with Chelsea and Derby.
  • Hull's Grant McCann has lost all five of his meetings with Premier League opposition as a manager, also being beaten by Chelsea in the FA Cup in 2016-17 as Peterborough boss.

What next?

Both sides return to league action with Hull hosting Huddersfield in the Championship on Tuesday, 28 January (19:45 GMT) while Chelsea are at Leicester in the Premier League on Saturday, 1 February (12:30).

Line-ups

Hull

  • 1Long
  • 16McKenzie
  • 5Burke
  • 3Tafazolli
  • 2LichajBooked at 63mins
  • 37Da Silva Lopes
  • 41Kane
  • 18HoneymanSubstituted forSamuelsenat 69'minutes
  • 20Bowen
  • 9EavesSubstituted forMagennisat 69'minutes
  • 43WilksSubstituted forGrosickiat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Grosicki
  • 13Ingram
  • 17McLoughlin
  • 23Kingsley
  • 27Magennis
  • 36Irvine
  • 42Samuelsen

Chelsea

  • 13Caballero
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 15ZoumaBooked at 90mins
  • 29Tomori
  • 3Alonso
  • 8Barkley
  • 17KovacicBooked at 46mins
  • 19MountSubstituted forWillianat 68'minutes
  • 20Hudson-OdoiSubstituted forGilmourat 68'minutes
  • 23Batshuayi
  • 11PedroSubstituted forLampteyat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Christensen
  • 10Willian
  • 31Cumming
  • 33Emerson
  • 47Gilmour
  • 48Lamptey
  • 63Maatsen
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
24,109

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamChelsea
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home14
Away16
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Hull City 1, Chelsea 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hull City 1, Chelsea 2.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Tafazolli (Hull City) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kamil Grosicki with a cross.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Fikayo Tomori.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Tariq Lamptey replaces Pedro.

Booking

Kurt Zouma (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Kurt Zouma (Chelsea).

Josh Magennis (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Mateo Kovacic.

Pedro (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Herbie Kane (Hull City).

Attempt missed. Kamil Grosicki (Hull City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Jarrod Bowen following a fast break.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Reece Burke.

Attempt blocked. Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Willian.

Attempt saved. Billy Gilmour (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pedro.

Goal!

Goal! Hull City 1, Chelsea 2. Kamil Grosicki (Hull City) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Foul by Marcos Alonso (Chelsea).

Josh Magennis (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Martin Samuelsen (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Reece Burke.

Marcos Alonso (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Martin Samuelsen (Hull City).

Attempt missed. Pedro (Chelsea) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ross Barkley.

Attempt saved. Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Leonardo Da Silva Lopes.

Attempt missed. Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marcos Alonso.

Billy Gilmour (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Martin Samuelsen (Hull City).

Attempt missed. Kamil Grosicki (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Robbie McKenzie with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Pedro (Chelsea) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Willian.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Martin Samuelsen replaces George Honeyman.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Josh Magennis replaces Tom Eaves.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Billy Gilmour replaces Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Willian replaces Mason Mount.

Attempt blocked. Eric Lichaj (Hull City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leonardo Da Silva Lopes.

Goal!

Goal! Hull City 0, Chelsea 2. Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ross Barkley with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Eric Lichaj (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Mason Mount (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Eric Lichaj (Hull City).

Offside, Hull City. Eric Lichaj tries a through ball, but Leonardo Da Silva Lopes is caught offside.

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