Hull City 1
- Mouyokolo 30
- Drogba 42
Drogba, in his first Blues match for a month, snared a point for the table-toppers when he drilled home a free-kick just before the interval.
A battling performance from relegation contenders Hull City saw them claim a well-deserved point from a 1-1 draw with Premier League leaders Chelsea at the KC Stadium.
Hull take huge credit for that, since they did much more than resist. This was the 11th consecutive game without a win in all competitions for Phil Brown's side, but it felt more like a fresh start. Composed and content as Carlo Ancelotti attempted to appear afterwards, his discomfort was revealed in the decisions he took during the match.
Hull took a surprise lead on the half hour mark with their first real chance of the game. Hunt curled a corner in from the right for Mouyokolo who rose above Ballack and nodded it into the net. This is the first goal for the Tigers Mouyokolo.
The away side continued to press for an equalizer and got their reward on 42 minutes. Drogba curled a free-kick from the left of the penalty area through the Tigers wall and past the outstretched Myhill into the far corner of the net.
There was an understandable period of adjustment as the Ivorian struggled to get back up to speed after his time on international duty. But he showed his quality with a well-taken free-kick just before half-time
Hull continued to battle well and deserved their point, which could be crucial in their fight to avoid relegation
Six minutes before dispersal, chance through Ashley Cole, Chelsea still failed to rip the nets Myhill. Similarly heading John Terry is still rising. Sturridge strikes in injury time brilliantly saved by Myhill, dispelled Chelsea hope to bring home the full point.
With only adding one point The Blues are now different within two points of Manchester United, making competition at the top to be tight
Hull: Myhill; Gardner, Mouyokolo, Dawson, McShane (Zayate 89 '), Cairney, Boateng, Hunt, Fagan, Altidore (Kilbane 85'), Vennegoor (Zaki 65 ')
Chelsea: Cech; Terry, Carvalho, Zhirkov (A. Cole 80 '), Abidal, Deco, Ballack (Joe Cole 72'), Malouda, Lampard, Drogba, Anelka (Sturridge 80 ')