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Live Reporting

By Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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  1. Join the debate on the BBC Sport Facebook page

    Have Chelsea wrapped up the title?

    John Roberts: Chelsea will lose the league on goal difference, whether with Man City or Arsenal.

    Mark Oliver: Not a chance. Six points is nothing and the way we've been playing, I wouldn't be too confident in the game in hand!

    Ben Hargrave: It's never over until it's over - just remember City winning in 2011-12

  2. Manager reaction

    Hull City 2-3 Chelsea

    Hull boss Steve Bruce talking to BBC Sport: "Really frustrating afternoon you could say, but arguably it's the best we've played since we've been in the Premier League. To respond in the way we did was great, but for me the game hinges on the saves Courtois makes when we're on top.

    "We've had the best opportunities and we've had some great opportunities.

    "When that chance comes, we've had three goes at it and the keeper's made some great saves, but you have to take those chances against sides like Chelsea.

    "It would've been very easy to capitulate after going 2-0 down, but we didn't do that."

  3. Manager reaction

    Hull City 2-3 Chelsea

    Hull manager Steve Bruce speaking to Sky Sports: "You've got to look at the performance first. I think going 2-0 down after nine minutes, you need a response and what a response.

    "The players put in a hell of a shift and something like 19 shots on target against a really strong Chelsea team shows we're ready for the challenge ahead.

    "I thought we really deserved something for it. For that, we're disappointed, but if we keep playing like that, we'll be fine."

  4. Post update

    Hull City 2-3 Chelsea

    Hull boss Steve Bruce has just come out now. Says it might have been their best performance in the past 18 months. Quotes to follow.

  5. Manager reaction

    Hull City 2-3 Chelsea

    More from Jose Mourinho to BBC Sport: "Thibaut Courtois is a big player. He made a mistake but the important thing was to be there in the second half for the team and he was.

    "Our position is our best since the start of the season. The maximum distance we've had is eight points with the same number of matches.

    "Now it's six and a match in hand with nine matches to go. After the international break will go back to one match per week, except our game in hand. I believe we can finish the season very strong."

  6. Manager reaction

    Hull City 2-3 Chelsea

    And now Jose Mourinho has been talking to BBC Sport: "I think five goals is what people like. How many times do people complain when there are no goals?

    From our side, it was high quality football. When we conceded the two goals we were affected by that. In the last period of the first half we didn't play really well.

    "We played fluid, fast, quick and dynamic football. At half-time I told my team to go back to that and play football, rather than focusing on mistakes. And we did that.

    "I was going to play Remy and Diego together but Diego was injured so we had to go just for Remy. And even as a lone striker he got the goal.

  7. Manager reaction

    Hull City 2-3 Chelsea

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, speaking to Sky Sports: "The victory is very, very important obviously, we go back to three points after a draw at home last week.

    "The performance was very, very good until 2-0. We lost a bit of quality after their two goals, but in the second-half from minute one, we recovered a good level of football. We deserved the three points."

  8. Post update

    Hull City 2-3 Chelsea


    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho reveals he was going to bring on Loic Remy to partner Diego Costa at 2-2, as well as winger Juan Cuadrado, before Costa told his manager he had a hamstring injury.

    More quotes from Mourinho to follow.

  9. Post update

    Chelsea are now six points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table with a game in hand (nine games left). Hull remain three points above the relegation zone.

  10. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Adrian Kellers: Well... We got away with that one...

    Mark Beedie: Doesn't fill me with confidence. Scraping win against a bottom team. Need to do much better.

    James Brandon: Is that a title winning substitution from Jose?


    Hull City 2-3 Chelsea

    Hull defender Paul McShane told Sky Sports: "We deserved at least a point. I feared the worst when we went 2-0 down.

    "We have to build on this performance. I don't think anyone expected us to get anything from the game but we had belief. We showed some good fight. The lads worked hard and got close to people.

    "We have to cause an upset somewhere along the way in the rest of the season."

  12. Game over at Loftus Road

    It's all over in the other game of the afternoon between QPR and Everton.

    Everton have edged it 2-1 and that's despite Adel Taraabt hitting the crossbar late-on for QPR. Could be a telling defeat for the home side.

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    Stewart in Worcestershire: Mourinho walks off without shaking hands. Thumbs up? I don't care what he does behind the scenes, the man is classless.


    Hull City 2-3 Chelsea


    Chelsea striker Loic Remy speaking to Sky Sports: "It's a good moment for me so far as it shows great work from all the team and we're working really hard every day in training to get the results and it's important to get this result.

    "It's a great feeling to get the three points. When I was sent on, the manager just told me to get some quality in the final third.

    "It's always frustrating when you're on the bench, but I think having me there made the difference today and you have to be ready to fight and to win games, it's simple."


    Hull City 2-3 Chelsea

    Goalscorer Eden Hazard to Sky Sports: "It was important after the draw at home against Southampton. We have nine finals left to play - we need to win everything if we want to win the trophy.

    "When you play away it's always difficult. Last season this game was difficult.

    "Everybody in the squad is important. It's not easy when you're on the bench but Loic Remy is a very good player and important."

  16. Post update

    Hull City 2-3 Chelsea

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live


    "When you get a chance to catch your breath at the end of this, first 15 minutes, Chelsea were superb, for the next half an hour they were the worst they've been this season. In the end, they've edged it and they saw out the end of the game there."

  17. Story of the game

    Hull City 2-3 Chelsea

    Chelsea led 2-0, but Hull equalised with two in 74 seconds (a record quickfire double for a team this season). The Tigers probably deserved to lead at half-time, but didn't.

    Chelsea dominated the second half and won through substitute Loic Remy - although they only had three shots on target in the whole game.


    Hull City 2-3 Chelsea

    And with that a weird game of football ends.

  19. Post update

    Hull City 2-3 Chelsea


    Abel Hernandez almost steals a point at the death, as the ball is flicked through to him but Thibaut Courtois rushes off his line to smother the ball.

  20. Post update

    Hull City 2-3 Chelsea

    Hull go forward but Branislav Ivanovic shepherds Stephen Quinn well and lumps it out for a throw-in.

    Robbie Brady wants a free-kick for Hull - he doesn't get it. Seconds left.

  21. Post update

    Hull City 2-3 Chelsea

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Thibaut Courtois is actually the best I've ever seen at claiming ball in the air from crosses. So, don't make it easy for him when you're putting the ball in searching for an equaliser."


    Hull City 2-3 Chelsea

    Four added on, 90 seconds of which has already passed.

  23. Text us on 81111

    Jill in Leamington Spa: So pleased for Remy, he needs more playing time, especially with so many players looking jaded.

  24. Post update

    Hull City 2-3 Chelsea

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "If you go to ground in those sorts of positions and you don't take the ball clean, you're going to be in trouble. Matic doesn't get the ball there and Michael Oliver rightly goes to his back pocket."


    Hull City 2-3 Chelsea

    It's rare you see this in real life (it happens in computer games all the time) as referee Michael Oliver comes back to book Nemanja Matic for a crunching tackle on Sone Aluko on halfway after playing advntage.

    Hull won a corner with the advantage and Dame N'Doye has a shot from the set-piece which looks to be deflected wide although is awarded as a goal-kick.

  26. Post update

    Hull City 2-3 Chelsea

    Alex Bruce pumps a ball forward for Hull to Abel Hernandez, but the Uruguayan is offside. This game looks beyond Hull now (although we probably thought that at 2-0).

  27. FIVE TO GO

    Hull City 2-3 Chelsea

    Hull substitute Sone Aluko whips in a brilliant cross from deep which Ahmed Elmohamady heads over the crossbar under pressure from Filipe Luis.

    Their last chance?

  28. Post update

    Hull City 2-3 Chelsea

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live


    "Hull have already tried to put the ball in to the box once and you imagine between now and the end of the game they'll be doing a lot more of that. They are leaving spaces in the midfield, but Hull have to go for it and Steve Bruce realises that."

  29. Post update

    Hull City 2-3 Chelsea


    Apparently Chelsea were warming up Juan Cuadrado before they scored but instead of a winger, it's a centre-back they've brought on. Will they see this one out and take a step closer to the title?

  30. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Schtuart: High time Remy had a serious run of games. Costa has been in second gear for weeks now.

  31. Post update

    Hull City 2-3 Chelsea

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "What a relief for Chelsea if it ends up finishing this way. That's the change with Zouma coming on that signals Mourinho is really looking to shut this game out and get away from here."


    Hull City 2-3 Chelsea

    While he's down Kurt Zouma comes on for Willian and it's a triple sub from Hull!

    Sone Aluko, Stephen Quinn and Robbie Brady come on for Andrew Robertson, David Meyler and Abel Ramirez.

  33. Post update

    Hull City 2-3 Chelsea

    Oscar has a shot which David Meyler blocks with his face. The Republic of Ireland midfielder goes down injured and needs some treatment.

  34. Goal at Loftus Road

    Another goal at Loftus Road, seconds after that one from Remy. Aaron Lennon has put Everton back ahead against QPR and it's now 2-1 to the visitors.

  35. Post update

    Hull City 2-3 Chelsea

    Hull keeper Allan McGregor still hasn't made a save by the way, that's three shots on target and three goals for Chelsea.

  36. Post update

    Hull City 2-3 Chelsea

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "This is astonishing. Great move on the right-hand side from Chelsea, but Willian gets in the box far too easily. Remy's first real touch, which he doesn't take that cleanly and it squeezes its way over the line."

  37. GOAL

    Hull City 2-3 Chelsea - Loic Remy


    What a substitution! But Hull keeper Allan McGregor has had a nightmare here. Willian squares it to Loic Remy, whose shot somehow creeps through the Scot's legs!


    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea


    Hull come forward and Jake Livermore fires a shot well over from 25 yards.

    Chelsea make a change up front and Loic Remy comes on for Diego Costa. That will add some pace into proceedings.

  39. Post update

    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live


    "Every single tackle that's gone in from Hull so far in this game has been hard and fair. But you do flinch slightly for them every time they go in to one as it only takes a fraction of a second to mis-time them and it could make for a really tricky end to the game for Hull."

  40. Post update

    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea

    Eighteen minutes to go. Will there be a winner? Hull's only three shots in this half have come in that triple save from Thibaut Courtois. Chelsea - for all their attacking - have only had four efforts since the break.

  41. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Matthew Harmonyx: If the score stays the same, any of the current top four can realistically win the title. My money is on Arsenal to win 8 of 8!

    Hishaam Habib: Arsenal fans are deluded if they think they can actually win the league just because Chelsea are slipping up once.

  42. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Andy Mellor: A win for Hull would make for the title showdown of all title showdowns

    Archie Small: Sorry, but Jose needs to take Fabregas off. Severely lacking in confidence at the moment.

  43. Post update

    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea

    Chelsea concede a corner as Gary Cahill does well with a diving header to clear Ahmed Elmohamady's cross. The set-piece comes to nothing and Chelsea break with Willian winning a corner of his own.

  44. Level at Loftus Road

    QPR 1-1 Everton

    QPR have levelled the scores on 64 minutes through substitute Eduardo Vargas against Everton at Loftus Road and that will add an extra element of spice to the situation at the foot of the table. Follow all the action here.

  45. Post update

    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Once again, Felipe Luis played the Hull winger onside there. But Thibaut Courtois three saves in a row there, he'll be delighted with that. He needed something to cheer himself up after that first-half error."

  46. TRIPLE SAVE!!!

    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea


    Thibaut Courtois was at fault for Hull's equaliser but he's kept his side level there with not one save, not two, but three. Ahmed Elmohamady is in yards of space and forces a save from the Belgian. The ball breaks to Jake Livermore on the edge of the box and his effort is parried by the keeper and finally Gaston Ramirez's effort from close range is blocked by a reaction save.

  47. Text us on 81111

    Sharif in Salford: Many handed the title to Liverpool in March last year only for City to win through. History repeating?


    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho makes his first change and it's Oscar who comes on for fellow Brazil midfielder Ramires, the man who replaced him in the starting line-up today.

  49. Post update

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    Chelsea go forward again and Diego Costa is smothered by two Hull defenders who help to scramble it back to Allan McGregor. Huge improvement from Chelsea on the final 35 minutes of the first half.

  50. Post update

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Sometimes you look at Chelsea at the moment and it's over intricate and over elaborate. At the moment, that final ball isn't happening. You can see Diego Costa asking for an early ball through to him."

  51. Post update

    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea

    Jose Mourinho

    In these instances, you'd usually say the manager still has it. But Jose Mourinho never really had it as a player.

  52. Post update

    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea

    Chelsea are still dominating and probing, this is much more like the performance we would have expected from the Blues. And the one we'd expect from Hull too.

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    Have your say on the day's action by calling 0500 909 693, text 85058 or tweet @bbc606

  54. Post update

    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea

    It's all Chelsea so far, as Diego Costa holds off Paul McShane and plays a low cross into the box, which David Meyler is able to clear.

    A minute later, Costa's header from Cesc Fabregas is deflected over for a corner.

    This is much better by the Blues.

  55. Post update

    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live


    "Chelsea have started well in this second-half. Similar to the tempo they began the first half with. Superb play on the far side by Eden Hazard, plays the perfect ball in to Fabregas, but Chelsea need to keep this tempo going against Hull."

  56. Post update

    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea

    It's Chelsea's first shot since their second goal in the ninth minute, Eden Hazard plays it to Cesc Fabregas, whose shot goes agonisingly wide of the far post.

  57. Post update

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    Jose Mourinho

    Hull's two goals were the quickest in succession by a Premier League club this season (74 seconds).

  58. Post update

    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Keeping a close eye on this to see if there are any tactical changes for Chelsea. Maybe Cesc Fabregas will sit a bit deeper as Chelsea were getting very much over-run in midfield in that first-half."

  59. Post update

    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea

    Hull have had the last 10 shots in this game but Chelsea have the first attack of the second half. Luckily for Hull, David Meyler gets across to take the ball from Eden Hazard.

  60. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Sule Sadiq: Actually starting to believe Arsenal can win the league. Come on Hull do us a favour and win.

    Andrew Laing: What a comeback! On this performance Andrew Robertson will be signed by a bigger club in the Summer.. sorry Hull fans!

    Robert Thompson: Based on performances so far, looks like Jones & Smalling could be starting at CB for England on Friday!

  61. KICK-OFF

    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea

    Second half under way.

  62. Text us on 81111

    Mike D, Wimbledon: After Steve Bruce's reference to Swan Lake what chance the game actually ends "tutu"?

    So bad it's good...

  63. Text us on 81111

    Tony: The worrying thing from a neutral point of view is that Cahill is one of England's first choice defenders!

    Jay, London: Cahill's uncertainty has has the effect of unsettling Ivanovic, with the result we've seen.

    Simon, Glasgow: Am I watching Hull v Chelsea or a replay of Bradford v Chelsea?!

  64. Post update

    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea

    So what does this do for the league table as it stands?

    Chelsea will be four points clear of Manchester City, with a game in hand. Hull would remain 15th but move four points clear of the bottom three.

  65. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Oscar Webster: Andrew Robertson having a great game so far! Fantastic crosser of the ball.

    John Southworth: I have always respected Mourinho for letting players play their way out of bad form but surely Cahill needs a time out!

    Imer Cardona: If Chelsea fail to win today, can we say that Man Utd are back in the title race? Maybe too optimistic but still a chance.

  66. Post update

    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Jose Mourinho must make a change at half-time and it has to be at centre-back. It won't be John Terry, but from the perspective of an England fan, it's not good news for Gary Cahill. Something has to change for Chelsea though as they are not dealing with the Hull approach so far."

  67. Story of the first half

    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea

    Hull v Chelsea stats

    Hull have had 14 shots to Chelsea's three; five on target to the Blues' two (both ending up in goals).

  68. Post update

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live


    "We said at 2-0 this isn't over. It looked to me that Hull were playing well. Steve Bruce must have been completely confused to have been in that position. A great response followed. All the questions at half-time will be asked in the away dressing room."

  69. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    James Wall: Jose needs to make 4 substitutions at half time. The worst defensive display I've ever seen.

    Chris Batman: If Chelsea play this bad in every match for the rest of the season, Arsenal can go on and win the league!!


    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea

    I won't pretend to have watched every Hull match this season but if they've had a better 45 minutes, I'd like to see it.

  71. Post update

    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea


    Hull are probably unlucky to not be leading at half-time and Gaston Ramirez has a shot blocked in the box.

    Jose Mourinho goes down the tunnel early.


    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea

    Two minutes of stoppage time. Gaston Ramirez takes the free-kick which is deflected over for a corner.

  73. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Chris White: For goodness sake Jose why are you playing Cahill over Zouma!? Poor decisions by him recently, sort it out.

    Craig Jackson: Ivanovic going from goalscoring hero few weeks ago to defensive liability it seems for many fans.

    Paul Cate: Black and orange comeback against Chelsea again.

  74. Post update

    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea

    It's another free-kick to Hull City and Branislav Ivanovic - who is having a poor game - absolutely barges into the back of Dame N'Doye, who was trying to take a high ball down on his chest with his back to goal.

    Stupid free-kick to concede.

  75. Post update

    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live


    "I'm watching Branislav Ivanovic and I don't know what he's doing. He's falling down when there's nobody near him. He's having the strangest of afternoons and there's so many players out there you're asking questions about for Chelsea at the moment, the vast majority of them are at the back."

  76. Post update

    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea


    Hull's Gaston Ramirez gets the ball and sets off on a fantastic run, his first touch takes him past Gary Cahill and then he leaves Branislav Ivanovic on his backside but he drags his shot so horribly wide, it's hard to be certain it was a shot.

  77. Text us on 81111

    Mike in London: Costa's inability to respect a strong, fair challenge will always go against him. Whinging destroys his reputation, no matter how many he scores.

    He is basically Didier Drogba in that aspect of his game.

  78. Post update

    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea

    Abel Hernandez flicks the ball up and Filipe Luis comes in with the most obvious handball you will see. The free-kick is whipped into the mixer and lands to David Meyler 25 yards from goal - his volley is optimistic to use a euphemism and well off target.

  79. Post update

    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea

    Hull midfielder David Meyler, who scored in that recent draw with Manchester City, controls the ball on the edge of the area but drags his shot wide. They've had eight shots to Chelsea's three so far.

  80. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Lewis Starks: Courtois howler aside... Both Chelsea goals were Ivanovic's fault! Stop passing it BACKWARDS!

    Tim Collingwood: Hull have deserved this. Playing very well and with little to no fear. Chelsea look nervy against Hull's pace

    Mark Smith: Two quick goals from Hull but there would still have been time for #Gerrard to have been sent off..

  81. Post update

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    It's been a fairly end-to-end game, Chelsea are currently on the attack but Hull have had plenty of the ball - and in good positions too.

    Maybe this title isn't wrapped up yet for Chelsea?

  82. Post update

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Diego Costa is going to have to accept it. He's got to be strong and hold the ball up and take the hit."

  83. Post update

    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea

    Hull were seconds away from beating Manchester City last month, with James Milner scoring a last-minute equaliserto make it 1-1. A shame for them that they don't play like this every week.

  84. Post update

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "A few Chelsea players are annoyed with the challenge there from Alex Bruce. But I think the phrase is 'let him know you're there'. There's nothing wrong with the challenge and sometimes you don't always get away with those."

  85. Post update

    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea

    Diego Costa is holding the ball up in the corner (a bit early for that!) and Alex Bruce swings his boot behind him, getting a touch on the ball first before his boot carries on to fell Costa. The frontman wants a free-kick but there's none coming.

  86. Post update

    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live


    "I would suggest that everyone of Hull's front four players has got the run on everyone of the Chelsea back four. It's clear to see that Chelsea are struggling for pace at the back there. It's such a mess for them.

    "At the moment, we've hardly mentioned Nemanja Matic's name and he just hasn't been able to get in to the game."

  87. Text us on 81111

    Louis Rossi: This game has the feel of Liverpool vs Palace during the close of last season...

    Liverpool led that game 3-0 but drew 3-3 to severely harm their title bid.

  88. Post update

    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea

    There were 74 seconds between those goals, stats fans.

  89. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Okey Francis: Courtois has just handed Petr Cech a place on the starting line up for the next game. What a howler!!

    Keval Shah: You might say Courtois was far too courteous there. Shocking defending from Chelsea. Shot themselves in the foot.

  90. Post update

    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea

    This is unbelievable - it looked like game over after nine minutes. It's actually a fair scoreline though, Hull have played very well so far.

  91. Post update

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "It's bordering on comedy defending. I have no idea what Courtois is trying to do. An incorrect decision, just get it upfield and leather it. It's two half-mistakes there from Ivanovic. What great belief from Hull City and what a game we've got on our hands now."

  92. GOAL

    Hull City 2-2 Chelsea - Abel Hernandez


    What on earth have we seen here?! Branislav Ivanovic passes back to Thibaut Courtois, who tries to cut the ball onto his left foot but passes it straight to Abel Hernandez, who slides it past the Belgian and in for 2-2.

  93. GOAL

    Hull City 1-2 Chelsea - Ahmed Elmohamady


    What a game, Andrew Robertson charges down the left wing like a Scottish Roberto Carlos and he whips in a perfect ball into the box for Ahmed Elmohamady to scramble home from close range.

    Hull have deserved this.

  94. Post update

    Hull City 0-2 Chelsea


    A nice Chelsea move leads to Willian crossing in but finding no-one, it's up to Paul McShane to clear it but instead - facing the byline - he starts juggling the ball before clearing it for a throw-in.

  95. Post update

    Hull City 0-2 Chelsea

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "I would not be surprised if Kurt Zouma comes on at half-time for Chelsea. Hull have more pace than Chelsea's back line in simple terms and I don't think Chelsea can keep that going for too long. If Hull can get a goal back, this stadium will be buzzing with belief."

  96. Post update

    Hull City 0-2 Chelsea

    Eden Hazard

    This is Chelsea's first shot that has not ended up in the back of the net - Diego Costa heading over from eight yards out after Eden Hazard had played in Filipe Luis, who crossed it for the burly Brazilian-turned-Spaniard.

  97. Post update

    Hull City 0-2 Chelsea

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live


    "I know they're 2-0 down, but Hull are playing well. They're knocking the ball around and creating chances. Steve Bruce has adapted the system now to push Dame N'Doye forward. It could be quite a dangerous tactic, that'll backfire, but he's showing an intent to go for it."

  98. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Rob Meech: Eden Hazard needs to get rid of his horrendous excuse of a beard. Great footballer though.....

    Lewis Keefe: Anyone thinking Chelsea are going to throw the title away remember Chelsea only have this competition left .... 2 trophy season.

  99. Post update

    Hull City 0-2 Chelsea

    Hull City go forward again but Thibaut Courtois is able to smother the ball easily.

    He has saved three more shots than Allan McGregor, who has conceded the only two efforts Chelsea have had.

    McGregor has only touched the ball twice, whereas Chelsea's custodian has had 10 touches.

  100. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Richard Elliott: It's an education watching Dawson. Twice showing how not to defend.

    A defensive line of Michael Dawson, Alex Bruce and Paul McShane being better by Eden Hazard and Diego Costa, who'd have thought?

  101. Post update

    Hull City 0-2 Chelsea

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "He's made very few, if any, mistakes this season Thibaut Courtois so it has to be something very special to beat him."

  102. Post update

    Hull City 0-2 Chelsea

    Hull striker Dame N'Doye has a go but Thibaut Courtois tips it around the post. I think it might have got a deflection on the way.

    From the resulting corner, N'Doye gets his head onto it but it's straight at Courtois, who has made three saves already.


    Hull City 0-2 Chelsea

    Chelsea defender Gary Cahill is booked - as he was in their first meeting this season. This time it's for fouling Dame N'Doye on the edge of the area. A free-kick in a dangerous position...

  104. Post update

    Hull City 0-2 Chelsea

    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "I think Harry Kane's annoyed Diego Costa. He wants to get back to be top goalscorer in the Premier league.

    "It looked like far too acute an angle and he bends it around the goalkeeper. Sometimes you complain to a keeper in those situations, but I don't think you can there, it's a great finish.

    "What a blistering start from Chelsea."

  105. Post update

    Hull City 0-2 Chelsea

    Game over?

  106. GOAL

    Hull City 0-2 Chelsea - Diego Costa

    Diego Costa

    Cesc Fabregas plays the ball out left to Diego Costa, he runs about 30 yards unopposed and then curls it past defender Michael Dawson and keeper Allan McGregor.

    Just like the old days (ie before Christmas).

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    Hull City are certainly having a go - Jake Livermore tries to set up another attack but his ball goes through to keeper Thibaut Courtois.

    Steve Bruce would have been quite happy with this start if they hadn't conceded...

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    Matt Niman: Courtois deserves no credit for that, Hernandez has smacked that at him, why not put it in corner? Goal if he does.

    Shohidur Rahman: Not a good save. Terrible finish from Hernandez, hit it straight at Courtois.

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Branislav Ivanovic was complaining to his team-mates there about what was going on, but he played them onside by a mile and Thibaut Courtois was brilliant there. Kept himself big and denied Hernandez.

    "He should have taken it around the goalkeeper there and had the belief to take him on."

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    Abel Hernandez, this is 1-1 surely - David Meyler plays a long ball forward, which Dame N'Doye flicks on with his head. Hernandez is kept onside by Branislav Ivanovic and he charges towards goal but Thibaut Courtois makes himself big and saves the shot with his chest. Huge let-off for Chelsea - Hull should be level. Will they get a better chance in the remaining 84 minutes?

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    Mungo Russell: On his weaker side, outside the box, surrounded by three... not a problem for Eden Hazard. What a hit.

    Naveed Afzal: UNSTOPPABLE EDEN HAZARD. Player of the season, without a doubt.

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    Hull come straight up the other end Gaston Ramirez tries to slip in his fellow Uruguayan Abel Hernandez, but he's offside and it didn't make it through to him anyway.

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "The first chance and Chelsea have scored before Hull have really had control of the ball. It's been all Chelsea right from the off. I said they'd want to start really, really quickly and that's how they've started.

    "From Hull's position, why are you giving Eden Hazard that sort of space?"

  114. GOAL

    Hull City 0-1 Chelsea - Eden Hazard

    Eden Hazard scores

    What a player - it's the first bit of action of the game and Diego Costa lays the ball off to Eden Hazard 35 yards from goal, the Belgian has a little dribble and then smashes the ball across Allan McGregor just inside the far post.

  115. KICK-OFF

    Hull City 0-0 Chelsea

    Chelsea's Spain duo Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa get us under way.

    Their dominance of the league hasn't been what it was earlier this season.

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "I'd say Chelsea are favourites for the title. Man City have been weaker, but Arsenal are improving. But, Chelsea haven't been anywhere near their best since the Swansea game and I think tricky games like this could prove difficult for Chelsea. Nobody will be complacent at the club."

  117. How the teams line up

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    Hull line-up
    Chelsea team
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    Players are just coming out of the tunnel now, sounds like a good atmosphere at the KC Stadium. Is today the day Hull beat Chelsea in the top flight for the first time?

  119. The table doesn't lie

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    Chelsea's Premier League stats

    Chelsea have been top for the entire season so far (they didn't play their opening game until the Monday which might explain their initial position in that graphic.) They are top by three points from Manchester City with two games (including this one) in hand.

    Hull stats

    Hull started off very well but they are in the relegation mixer now, three points above 18th-placed Burnley.

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    Former Scotland international Pat Nevin

    BBC Radio 5 live


    "Jose Mourinho will not allow these players be complacent. He will not be relaxed yet, but he will want to show these players that he is relaxed and comfortable in the situation. But there's something about being at the top of the table and being chased down that makes life uncomfortable for mangers.

    "He'll be in that changing room before kick-off getting in to his players the importance of putting on a strong performance in this game."

  121. 'Abnormally low'

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    Chelsea published a bizarre 615-word article on their website, complaining about the lack of penalties they have received this season.

    Chelsea statement

    "It is in our 28 Premier League games this season where we have been awarded just two penalties... Historically, this figure seems abnormally low."

    Jose Mourinho denied it was a provocative piece.

    "Not for me," the Blues manager said. "I don't think the writer is going to win the Pulitzer with that article. It's just the numbers.

    "It's such a simple thing and for me there is no story. How many penalties has this team had? Five. How many penalties has that team have? Eight. How many penalties has this team had? One."

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    Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho admits their exit from the Champions League last 16 might actually boost their Premier League title bid.

    "It's the second time I don't reach a quarter-final in all my career. I would prefer to be there," he said.

    "The fact we went out gives us a frustrating situation. That we don't hide.

    "But it gives us a situation where we can work properly, we can rest properly and - if things go in the direction I expect and the players expect - we can finish the season in a very strong way."

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    Agubata Odinaka: Chelsea really need to beat Hull City to get their momentum going...we've been slack in recent weeks

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    Alex Bruce

    Hull have until 18:00 GMT on Monday to respond to a Football Association charge of failing to control their players against Leicester.

    Tigers boss Steve Bruce defended his players against charges of referee intimidation and accused Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez of trying to get his baby boy, Alex, sent off.

    "My players were [reacting to] the injustice of the referee," said Bruce.

    "I've got respect for Mahrez, but the way he rolled around - he was blatantly trying to get someone sent off.

    "We surrounded the referee because it was a perfectly fair challenge. We will vigorously defend it."

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    Hull City supporters opposed to the Hull Tigers name change

    In what is becoming a dull saga (most football stories that drag on are), Hull were told they can make a fresh bid to change their name to Hull Tigers next season.

    Predictably, the Hull City Supporters' Trust came out again to urge owner Assem Allam to abandon those plans.

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    Chelsea stats
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  128. 'I love you man' (not actual quote)

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    Steve Bruce and Jose Mourinho

    Hull boss Steve Bruce has been a big fan of Jose Mourinho ever since the Chelsea boss sent Mikael Forssell on loan to Birmingham.

    "I sent him a crate of red to say thank you," Bruce said in the build-up to today's game. "He enjoyed my taste in red wine. What you see is what you get with Jose and when you call him he always tries to help.

    "Jose Mourinho is without doubt bordering on greatness. When you talk about the great managers Jose is going to be one of them.

    "I have the hugest respect for what he has achieved and what he is. I believe he is box office and that we are better off with him in the Premier League - even if they were easier to take something against when he wasn't involved."

    What is it about Premier League managers and red wine chat? The best thing about Alex Ferguson retiring was that we'd gotten rid of all that nonsense, I'd thought.

  129. Text us on 81111

    Ewan, Portsmouth: Surely any of the top four can still win the league? Chelsea have got a couple of big games left such as Arsenal, could go down to the final day in my opinion. It's not over yet.

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC Radio 5 live have full match commentary from the KC Stadium from 16:00 GMT and you can listen to it in this page (or on an actual radio if you prefer).

    Alan Green will be joined by former Chelsea striker Pat Nevin.

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    Lewis Keeffe: Jose needs to learn from last season and make the "easier" games count.

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    John Terry

    John Terry makes his 450th Premier League appearance for Chelsea today. Only four players have played more for one club; Ryan Giggs (632), Jamie Carragher (508), Paul Scholes (499) and Steven Gerrard (499 including today's 48-second run-out).

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    Diego Costa

    Diego Costa has scored one goal in Chelsea's last eight games, albeit in their last outing at Southampton. The title is surely beyond doubt if he can pick up his early-season form again, where he scored seven goals in their opening four matches.

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    BBC football analyst Mark Lawrenson

    Mark Lawrenson prediction

    "Chelsea's results in 2015 have not been great but that drop in form is demonstrated by the number of games they have drawn (seven out of 16) rather than lost (two) which is why they are still clear at the top of the table.

    "They will feel they should have beaten Southampton last week, but didn't, and I cannot see them being denied again by Hull.

    "Jose Mourinho's side can clearly play a lot better than they have been, and I think they will end the season with a really good run.

    "Hull have got to play six of the top seven teams in their last nine games but I still think they will stay up.

    "At this stage of the season, a game against a team fighting for their lives at the bottom is probably harder than a game against a team who are seventh with nothing to play for."

    Find out who the Eggheads think will win on Lawro's Predictions.

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    Jonny Young: If Hull beat Burnley and get some draws, they stay up. Can't see Sunderland winning more games unless Advocaat is a magician.

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    Hull v Chelsea stat

    Hull's last victory over Chelsea was more than 26 years ago - when they won 3-0 in the old Division Two in October 1988.

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    Hull have tweeted the team sheets for both sides. Jose Mourinho's not even trying with that signature, maybe he's making sure it doesn't look like the one on the back of his debit card.

    Although at least he signed Chelsea's, Hull boss Steve Bruce leaves it down to the kit man to do theirs.

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    MOTD commentator Simon Brotherton at KC Stadium

    "Chelsea haven't had their usual swagger at times lately, but a three-point lead with two games in hand at this stage of the season should be more than enough to see them crowned champions again.

    "Especially since Manchester City don't give the appearance of a team capable of applying any pressure on the leaders.

    "Hull's improved form and tighter defending has continued with a couple of wins and just one defeat in five matches. It's given them renewed belief and a decent chance of staying up, although they're still in the mix near the bottom, just three points above the relegation zone."

    Read Simon's full match preview and pre-match stats here.

  139. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    My questions for you are fairly simple, can anyone stop Chelsea winning the title? Are they the best team in England by some distance?

    And here's another two: Are Hull going down? Or are they better than the three promoted sides who are the current bottom three?

    Let us know your thoughts using #bbcfootball on Twitter, 81111 on text (UK only and please let us know your name) or over on our Facebook pages.

  140. TEAM NEWS

    Hull City v Chelsea (16:00 GMT)

    Let's get straight into team news.

    Chelsea make two changes from their 1-1 draw with Southampton. At the back, Filipe Luis replaces Cesar Azpilicueta, who drops to the bench, and Ramires is in for fellow Brazilian Oscar in midfield.

    Hull City also make two tweaks from their goalless draw with Leicester. Tom Huddlestone was sent off in that game so is suspended, David Meyler replaces him. Up front Nikica Jelavic is out for six weeks following knee surgery so Abel Hernandez comes into the team.

    Hull: McGregor, Dawson, Bruce, McShane, Elmohamady, Livermore, Meyler, Ramirez, Robertson, N'Doye, Hernandez. Subs: Rosenior, Davies, Brady, Sagbo, Harper, Aluko, Quinn.

    Chelsea: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Luis, Fabregas, Matic, Willian, Ramires, Hazard, Costa. Subs: Cech, Zouma, Oscar, Remy, Cuadrado, Azpilicueta, Loftus-Cheek.

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    Welcome to our specific live text commentary of Hull v Chelsea. In a gluttonous Sunday of football, you can also follow Liverpool v Manchester United or QPR v Everton in their own individual pages.

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    Swan Lake

    It was like "something out of Swan Lake" Steve Bruce fumed after Hull's 2-0 defeat by Chelsea back in December.

    Two Chelsea players were booked for diving but when Gary Cahill, who already had a yellow card, committed the same offence he was not shown a second card.

    BBC's pundits weren't happy. Garth Crooks said referee Chris Foy "bottled it", John Hartson said "it is not on" and Robbie Savage added "it just has to stop".

    Is today the day the Tigers get their revenge?