Chelsea returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a comfortable 2-0 victory over 10-man Hull City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Jose Mourinho’s side suffered their first defeat of the season at Newcastle United last weekend, but looked back to their best early on as Eden Hazard headed them into a seventh-minute lead.
The hosts’ early promise fizzled out, however, with chances few and far between for both sides for much of the encounter.
But Tom Huddlestone was given his marching orders on the hour mark for catching Filipe Luis with his studs, and Chelsea soon pounced to double their advantage – Diego Costa diverting the ball beyond goalkeeper Allan McGregor eight minutes later.
The victory sees Chelsea maintain their three-point advantage over second-placed Manchester City, while Hull – now without a win in nine -remain in the bottom three.
Chelsea reverted to a more familiar starting XI after making a number of changes for their UEFA Champions League win over Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday, and it was two of those returning stars who unlocked the visitors’ defence with ease in the seventh minute.