Chelsea managed to secure a 2-1 win against the Tigers in the fourth round of the FA Cup, making it to the next stage of the competition.
However, it wasn’t without its difficulties, with the Championship side managing to get one back in the last 10 minutes, causing some unnecessary nervy movements for the Blues. Here are five things we learnt from that FA Cup night at the KCOM stadium.
Mateo Kovacic Continues to Shine
Despite that deflection in the latter stages of the game, Kovacic had yet another excellent game under Frank Lampard. The Croatian enjoyed controlling the midfield, dictating the tempo throughout the game. He also produced some brilliant through balls to Mason Mount and Michy Batshuayi, trying to create some promising chances for his fellow teammates. Although the central midfielder lost a bit of his spark in the second half by giving the ball away and picking up a booking, he was easily one of the better players on the pitch – and it’s nice to see him feature more regularly in the starting XI.
The Young Stars of the Show
Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi all had good performances worth mentioning in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Not only did Tomori get another goal in a Chelsea shirt, but the central defender also had a superb game defensively – commanding the back and looking good under pressure, highlighting his maturity and potential at such a young age. Mount also had a good game, making up for his poor performance in the Premier League against Newcastle. The 21-year-old was constantly running into dangerous areas and had a few decent chances against the Tigers. Meanwhile, Hudson-Odoi continued his excellent form he’s been on recently, looking dangerous on the right-wing.
Billy Gilmour: A Promising Prospect
For the short time Gilmour was on the pitch, he proved his worth in the first team. Despite coming on in the final 20 minutes of the game, he definitely made an impression – getting into crucial areas, moving the ball up the pitch and bringing that much-needed energy to the Chelsea side in the second half. The 18-year-old looked incredibly calm on the ball and comfortable in this Chelsea squad. Without a doubt, Gilmour will be an exciting player for the Blues in the future.
A Game to Forget for Pedro
Unfortunately, it wasn’t the Spaniard’s day on Saturday evening – with his lack of game time becoming increasingly obvious. The 32-year-old struggled to make an impact throughout the game, producing some poor balls for his teammates. His finishing was also disappointing and he lacked creativity. All in all, his head appeared elsewhere and it won’t be a surprise if the winger makes an exit from the club anytime soon.
Not an Easy Win
Yes, we may have managed to secure our place in the fifth round of the FA Cup but as previously mentioned, it wasn’t without its difficulties. The game should’ve been put to bed once Tomori netted the second goal – however a set of bad defending and losses of concentration led to Hull’s only goal. After they got on the scoresheet, the hosts were determined to bag themselves a draw, gaining corners in the final ten minutes and pressing up the pitch. Saturday’s result purely confirmed that we always make it harder for ourselves – and Lampard won’t be impressed with the last-minute drama.