EPL FT: Hull City 0-2 Chelsea. Moses stars

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Chelsea stopped the rot after successive Premier League defeats as they ground down Hull at the KCOM Stadium.

The hosts enjoyed the better of a cagey first half but went behind when Willian swept home a curling shot after good work from Diego Costa after the break.

Costa found the top corner with a similar strike to double the lead after Nemanja Matic’s powerful run.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte promised “a solution” after his side went down with a whimper against Arsenal last weekend and he found his answer in a strategy he used at former club Juventus.

Chelsea average position
Chelsea’s average positions in 16 September’s 2-1 defeat by Liverpool (left) shows how they lined up with a flat back four. Against Hull (left), only Luiz (30), Azpilicueta (28) and Cahill (24) were dedicated defenders.

The Italian opted for a three-man defence during much of this trophy-filled time in Turin and deployed Gary Cahill, David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta at the back as he organised his Chelsea rearguard to match.38fe15cb00000578-3817286-willian_curls_chelsea_into_the_lead_with_a_stunning_effort_from_-a-3_1475342092913

It did not initially appear to have stabilised a side who had conceded nine goals in their last four games in all competitions.

Luiz lost track of Dieumerci Mbokani as he apparently struggled with the extra space he and his team-mates had to cover and was fortunate that the Hull striker’s control betrayed him.

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But the defence, along with the team as a whole, improved markedly after half-time and never looked like blemishing only their second clean sheet of the season after the break.

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Moses delivers message

The chief beneficiary of Conte’s reorganisation was Victor Moses.

The 25-year-old’s last Premier League start for Chelsea was in a 2-1 win over Aston Villa in May 2013 when Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Juan Mata were among his team-mates.

Man of the match – Victor Moses

Victor Moses
Only N’Golo Kante had more touches for Chelsea, as Victor Moses made the most crosses from open play (eight) and was involved in more duels (17) than any other Blues player.

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