PEEP PEEP TWEEEEEET. Game over, Hull 1 – Chelsea 1. Terry 2 – Altidore 2, though in the battle for whose a better human, Altidore wins by a mile. Then again, Terry’s a dick.
Altidore played a great game as did the rest of the Hull City players. He worked hard and hurried the Chelsea back 4. He brought the ball down well, was a presence in the air and took on players with only his ball control failing him. If he could shore up his touches, he would have many more opportunities at scoring his first premiership goal.
92:00 – Joe Cole scampers down the wing and sends in a cross that Malouda, whose had a very quite game, volleys straight into Drogba’s back. That was goal bound.
90:00 - Zayatte comes on for the injured McShane. Can Hull City hang on. As i write this, Sturridge comes down with a ball and sends in a stinging volley that Myhill has to stretch to put around the post. Great shot, great save by Myhill.
89:00 – Drogba receives a yellow card for a swing/hard challenge on McShane who will probably have a nasty shiner to boast tomorrow.
85:00 – Altidore off Kilbane in. Jozy receives a large standing ovation for his efforts as the crowd cheers and claps his industrious and powerful play. Clearly a defensive move by Phil Brown who would be more than happy with the one point from today’s game.
84:00 – Hull continuing to play well and are doing so by maintaining their shape and charging hard for every loose ball. Chelsea still attack but their efforts are being well marshaled by the City defenders. Cole makes an impact by charging into the box and his cross comes off a Hull player and just loops over the bar. Nothing comes off the corner.
81:00 – Double change for Chelsea here as Zhirkov goes off for Ashley Cole and Sturridge replaces Le Sulk Anelka.
77:00 - Ivanovic sends in a great cross that Myhill reacts slowly too and Drogba bravely dives in for a header that goes right over the bar. Close call for the Tigers.
73:00 - Hull keep pressing and win themselves another corner which Hunt takes and Mouyokolo gets a head on again the header flashes just wide. If Altidore could just control the ball better and had a better second/third touch he would be a lot more dangerous. Chelsea defenders are now giving him a little more space as he is out muscling them to get the initial ball but then on his own doing loses it.
70:00 – Altidore playing very well now and his confidence has certainly increased this second half. He traps the ball, turns and passes. Chelsea’s turn to make a substitution as Ballack goes off and Joe Cole comes on.
67:00 – Immediately they develop an understanding as Jozy sends a lovely ball down the wing for Zaki to latch onto, who in turn sends a cross directed at Fagan, but Chelsea block well. Altidore gets the ball and goes at the Chelsea defense but he hits the ball a little too far and Cech gathers…good stuff from Hull and Altidore.
66:00 – Altidore’s industrious performance is paying off as Hull make a sub and Zaki comes on for JVofH who really didn’t do too much in the game. Lets see if the former Wigan striker can forge a scoring partnership with good ol Dozy.
64:00 – Zhirkov goes on a mazy run and wins Chelsea a corner. Nothing comes of the corner but Chelsea maintain possession and are becoming increasingly dangerous.
62:00 – Altidore wins another free kick, though to be fair he was looking for it rather than actually being fouled. The ball gets sent in and Cech comes out to claim it knocking over Drogba in the process.
59:00 – McShane gives up a free kick right outside the Hull box. They have to be careful as they’re becoming sloppy. Chelsea will pounce on mistakes like this…but not this time as Lampard sends a weak shot a few yards to the right of Myhills post
55:00 - Chelsea beginning to regroup. Hull must be careful and keep their shape. Altidore’s poor ball control works out in his favor as a mis-trap beats Carvalho but then he tumbles over. Jozy wants a free kick but the ref waves play on. Chelsea attack and win a corner. Setenta briefly goes crazy and we see most of the first half in extreme speed…odd.
52:00 - Hull playing really well and win a free kick outside the box off a Chelsea handball. Free kick hits the wall and Chelsea nervously clear but Hull come back at them with increased poised and confidence.
49:00 – Hull really pressing here. Terry wins the ball and moves up field with it, but is dispossessed strongly by Dozy who passes the ball and gets it back but his ball control once again fails him. Altidore is clearly troubling the Chelsea defense.
TWEET – Chelsea kick off. Ball is kicked about and eventually a long pass is sent toward Altidore. Both him and Terry jump and Altidore wins the ball and is fouled be Terry who is immediately shown a yellow card. From the resulting free kick Altidore gets a head to it but it goes straight to Cech. Nice play all round from Dozy though. Terry 1 – Altidore 1…Jozy still way ahead in the battle for whose a better human.
47:00 – A long clearance from Hull lands at Altidores feet who traps it nicely, turns and is promptly fouled by Terry. City have a free kick in Geovanni range. Shame he is on the bench. Fagan sends a lovely ball in that Gardner gets a free header too, but sends it just over the bar. He should have done a lot better. And with that, Mark Clattenburg blows the whistle to end the half.
44:00 – That was a shame cause Hull were playing some great football. It was a shambolic wall though as the ball sails between two of City’s defenders. Meanwhile Chelsea pick up form where they off before the goal and maintain pressure in their opponents half. Hull really need to compose themselves and get to halftime.
42:00 – GOAL – DROGBA. Drogba makes his return by sending a bouncing free kick that goes past the outstretched arm of Myhill and into the left corner. 1-1
41:00 – A further bit of investigating on my part says he’s an American born Welsh international. I guess if you’re a keeper you would probably have a better chance to play for Wales than the US, who turn out worlds class keepers in the same man the Terry’s turn out horrendous examples of human beings. Meanwhile in the game, Hull give up a free kick right outside the box. Dangerous this.
35:00 – Deco’s turn as the little Portuguese player sends in a shot that takes an awkward bounce, but Myhill handles it perfectly. Good keeper Myhill and he’s American, who knew. This is the first i’ve heard of this. He was born in Modesto California which is also the birthplace of Boones Farm wine coolers/malt beverage…and you might say you don’t learn anything from this site!
33:00 – Chelsea immediately apply the pressure and Anelka takes a good shot, but Myhill is more than up for the task and dives softly to his left to easily save.
30:00 GOAL – HULL CITY – MOUYOKOLO. A simple header from a well placed Hunt corner. The big defender just runs into the 6 yard box and heads into the net. Altidore didn’t really have much say in this aside from his industrious play earned the free kick. This will be noted by Brown. Hull City 1 – Chelsea 0
29:00 – Nice control and touch by Altidore on the right wing as he runs at the defender and is fouled. Ivanovic earns himself a yellow card. From the free kick, Carvallo under pressure from Gardner and Altidore, gives up a corner.
25:00 – Close one for Hull as Ballack heads straight at Myhill. He should have done better but the Hull defense needs to watch out. In the first match up between Terry and Altidore, Terry easily wins the first challenge. As far as who the better human is, Jozy wins every time.
23:00 – An impediment foul on Fagan gives Chelsea a free kick, which is poorly taken. Altidore leads the counter but his ball control fails him and loses possession to possibly the smallest player on the pitch, Deco. He needs to do better than that.
16:00 – Hull City seem to be up for this game and are winning most of the midfield battles. Boateng seems to be controlling things well. A VERY underrated player the Dutchman. Jozy, too is making himself a nuisance to Chelsea defense. His strength and power is unsettling Carvalho. Hull win another free kick but Hunt wastes it by sending a looping ball directly to Cech
11:00 – Back to Cech’s little helmet (no euphemism here). I was told this weekend that one of the reasons he still wears it, is that he is part of a triplet and therefore his skull is thinner than the average human. Clearly his skin is thicker than most peoples, as he does look ridiculous. Personally i think its become a bit of a hindrance for him, in that every time he puts it on, he must be reminded of the horrible challenge Hunt put on him…Game has slowed down a bit as both teams are feeling each other out
9:00 – Lampard lets a shot fly from way outside the box which brings out a great save from Myhill (first name Boaz…AWESOME) and lands right at Anelka’s feet who scuffs it. Lucky for Hull.
7:00 – Cech takes a long free kick. I imagine the sight of Stephen Hunt is going to make him a little nervous. The combo of his little helmet and lime green socks does make for an odd site.
1:00 - Speedy midfielder Fagan wins Hull an early corner. He should trouble the Chelsea back 4. Off the corner Hull win another one. There is a small game of head tennis in the box and Hull win a free kick…Good early pressure from the Tigers but nothing comes from the free kick.
PEEP PEEP: They’re off
In the typical exchange of children, Chelsea have only brought up one child from London where as each Hull player has their own child to exchange. Noticeably, they try their best to keep the children away from John Terry. I really have no idea what to say about that whole situation expect its pretty despicable…Personally i think it would be best for him, England and Chelsea if he gave up the captains armband. Lamps can do the job for Chelsea and Gerrard, Rooney or Lamps again can do it for England
Chelsea welcome back Drogba back from the ANC, though one can hardly say they missed him scoring 12 goals in the last 3 games, albeit against lowly opposition but then again, Hull are no different (having not won a game since November). That said, they are showing their intent to stay in the premiership by acquiring Egyptian striker Zaki who is on the bench; which means Good ol Dozy is leading the front line with Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink who will be referred to in the rest of this post as JVH. Altidore is starting to become more of an impact for Hull which is good news for the USMNT.