Hull 1 Chelsea 2: Batshuayi and Tomori send Blues into fifth round despite late scare on Humberside

By | 25th January 2020

FRANK LAMPARD STILL talks about the FA Cup with a boyish enthusiasm.

Little wonder with six winners medals in the family, two for dad Frank senior and four in his own trophy cabinet.

Batshuayi set the Blues on their way with a sixth-minute strike
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Tomori hit what proved to be the winner against his old side
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He would love to add to the collection as a boss with Chelsea.

He moved a step nearer last night with an impressive Fourth Round victory away to Hull City.

Forget the scoreline, they bossed this.

Michy Batshuayi in the sixth minute and Fikayo Tomori in the 64th provided the goals that won it.

Lampard’s whole team provided the football that emphasised every one of the 28 places that separate fourth placed Chelsea and Hull in 12th in the Championship.

Despite making eight changes to his side, compared to Hull boss Grant McCann’s four, there was a massive gulf between the two sides.

To be fair any side would have loved the space Hull afforded their visitors last night to play their football in.

Chelsea exploited it to the full particularly in the first-half.

While there season is up and down as they cling on to a Champions League spot they remain enjoyable on the eye when they are at their best.

Never dull, never anything but positive in their approach, as we saw with their opening goal with their first attack in the sixth minute.

Mateo Kovacic was pulling the strings from deep throughout that opening period and found Cesar Apilicueta with a fine long ball.

The captain’s cross went to Mason Mount and when his shot was deflected Batshuayi followed up with a strike that got a deflection of it’s own on the way in. It was his sixth goal of the season.

Chelsea were tearing Hull apart only failing to add to their tally thanks to Hull goalkeeper George Long.

He denied both Ross Barkley and Mason Mount in one-on-one situations.

So the club’s first full house in six years still had some hope going into the second period with only one goal separating them despite the visitors dominance.

Much of their faith rested with Jarrod Bowen, top scorer with 17 and five assists.

Kovacic deflected the ball past Caballero to give the late scare
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Lampard may see the FA Cup as his best route to a debut season trophy
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While the spotlight was on him, he was playing in the shadows.

That was until just before the hour when we saw the sort of ability that has drawn Premier League club scouts to the edge of their seats.

The 23-year-old superbly killed a high ball just over half way and set off on a run that four Chelsea players could not counter before a final shot went just over the bar.

The home crowd were lifted…temporarily.

Chelsea deserved a second and got it from a simple set-piece routine.

Ross Barkley chipped a free kick into the box and there was Fikayo Tomori running in unmarked at the far post to plant a header into the turf and up into the goal.

Centre-half Tomori had 25 appearances for Hull on loan here in 2017-18 but never scored at KCOM, now he was sending his old team out.

There was brief hope, however, as McMann’s men got one back in the 78th minute.

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There was some dispute as to whether there was any contact between Marcos Alonso and Josh Magennis but a free kick was given just outside the box.

Sub Kamil Grosicki fired into the wall and Kovacic on the end of it inexplicably jumped sideways and deflected the ball in.

It lead to a nervy last ten minutes that Chelsea should not have inflicted on themselves.

Grosiciki would have a half chance to make himself a hero but fired wide from a tight angle.

Chelsea saw the game out. Lampard marches on.

This post written by Marc Mayo originally appeared on Football news - transfers, fixtures, scores, pictures | The Sun. Read the full post here.

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