We continue our build-up to Saturday’s FA Cup Final by reviewing our Road to Wembley, taking a look through our performances that have earned us a spot against Arsenal.
Ben continues the journey by recollecting our Fourth Round against Hull City in January.
After a 2-0 win against Nottingham Forest, Chelsea drew Hull City in the 4th round of the FA Cup. This was similar to the FA Cup in 2018 where Chelsea played Hull, coming out 4-0 victors that time around after goals from Willian, Pedro, and Olivier Giroud on his debut.
Chelsea came into this game on somewhat poor form after losing to Newcastle 1-0 and drawing 2-2 with Arsenal, so a win was needed to lift spirits. Frank Lampard reiterated the importance of the FA Cup in his Press Conference before the game
Hull City were sat ninth in the Championship table. The team had its danger man, Jarrod Bowen, who later transferred to West Ham. Manager Grant McCann came into this one fairly optimistic and looked to expose Chelsea’s weakness at the back.
- Date: 25th January, 2020
- Venue: KCOM Stadium
- Score: Hull City 1-2 Chelsea (Kamil Grosiki (’78), Michy Batshuayi (‘6). Fikayo Tomori (’64))
- Referee: Craig Pawson
- Attendance – 24,109
Chelsea made eight changes from the 2-2 draw with Arsenal, with Cesar Azpilcueta, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and Mateo Kovacic being the only players to retain their first-team spots. Marcos Alonso and Azpilcueta started at either full back, with a centre-back pairing of Fikayo Tomori and Kurt Zouma. A midfield three of Ross Barkley, Mason Mount, and Kovacic played in behind the front three of Hudson-Odoi, Batshuayi, and Pedro.
Hull City made four changes from their last game, including bringing in Tom Eaves and Mallik Wilks for a first start. Bowen played in behind striker Tom Eaves.
Chelsea started extremely well in this game, scoring after just six minutes. An Azpilcueta cross found Mount, whose shot was blocked. The rebound fell right into the path of Batshuayi and his deflected effort reached the back of the net.
Chelsea had another massive chance in the 17th minute after possession was retained by Zouma. The centre back played the ball into Kovacic, who slid one through for Mount. Mount got his head up and saw the run of Barkley and played a wonderful through ball, which put the midfielder one-on-one with the keeper and if it wasn’t for a wonderful save from MOTM George Long, then Chelsea would’ve been 2-0 up!
In the 33rd minute, Kovacic once again played through Mount, who was one-on-one with the keeper but again, another vital save was made for the Tigers.
In the second half, Hull came out fighting and were close to equalising through a lovely strike by Bowen in the 54th minute.Chelsea then doubled their lead in the 64th minute. The Blues won a freekick around 25 yards away, which was whipped in by Barkley and found the head of Tomori around the back post.
There was a reply from Hull. The hosts wouldn’t sit down and take it, and made it 2-1 in the 78th minute through Kamil Grosiki after a deflected free kick was taken past Cabellero in goal. It was too little too late for the Tigers, who gave it their all but ultimately fell 2-1 to the Blues!
Man of the Match
George Long. The Hull City goalkeeper was outstanding in this game and there could’ve been many more goals if it wasn’t for him. The shot stopper kept out Pedro, Mount, and Barkley on many occasions and produced an overall excellent performance.
Moment of the Match
Fikayo Tomori heading home to score his second goal for Chelsea, and sealing progression into the Fifth Round.
Are you confident for Saturday’s game? Will Frank Lampard win his first managerial silverware? Let us know in the comments!