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Chelsea maintain three point lead but were given helping hand by Tom Huddlestone's nasty stamp

Diego Costa’s first goal in five games secured the win after Hazard’s opener.

Huddlestone was sent-off after the break.
Huddlestone was sent-off after the break.
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AFTER LAST WEEK’S surprise defeat to Newcastle, Chelsea returned to winning ways as they strolled to a 2-0 victory over lowly Hull City on Saturday.

It took the Blues just seven minutes to open up the leaky Tigers rearguard as Eden Hazard rose unmarked to head home from close ranger.

At that point, it seemed Chelsea would run riot against a side without a win in eight Premier League outings but Steve Bruce’s side showed resolve to hold firm.

All their hard work was undone, however, when Tom Huddlestone was giving his marching orders for a nasty stamp on Filipe Luis.

It didn’t take Chelsea long to make their numerical advantage count as Hazard turned provider to create the opening for Diego Costa to finish past Allan McGregor.

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