CHESTER WINS GAME OF PATIENCE
(inset) JAMES CHESTER had to play patience to get back into Steve Bruce’s plans at Hull.
The centre-back (left) has hooked up with Wales this week on a high after returning to action for the Tigers.
Chester was back after a four-match absence to help Hull seal a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Chester is competing with new signing Michael Dawson and skipper Curtis Davies for a place in the team – but Bruce found space for him by switching to three at the back.
Chester revealed: “I’m not the type to go knocking on the manager’s door. Not straight away anyway.
“I knew my opportunity would come sooner rather than later, so I held my tongue for a while.
“I’m not daft. I knew my chance would come hopefully I’ve taken it.”
Hull spent nearly £40million on new signings in the summer.
The fresh talent has helped the side be more attacking – but that has led to defensive frailties and the Palace result was their first clean sheet since the opening day of the season.
Chester added: “Since we brought the new lads in we’ve been a lot more attacking and scoring a lot more goals.
“But we’ve also gone away from what kept us up last season, so it was nice to get back to basics against Palace.
“I wouldn’t say we reined in the attacking senses but we had to be tighter defensively. We showed that.
“If we get the balance of clean sheets and scoring goals, it will hopefully be a good season.”
One boost for Villa has been the return to fitness of Christian Benteke after a six-month lay-off – and Joe Cole has likened his team-mate to a cross between Didier Drogba and Peter Crouch.
The Belgium hitman made his eagerly anticipated comeback as a substitute for the final half-hour of Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Manchester City.
Cole said: “From afar, I’ve watched Christian and admired him for the last two years in the Premier League.
“He’s been superb and his performances have been top standard.
“I can see a bit of Didier in him, he’s very strong and powerful. He possesses those qualities in abundance.
“I can also see that he likes the ball to feet and he is elegant with the ball, despite his height, which reminds me of Crouchy.
“He’s a mixture of both really and I’m looking forward to playing with him in the Premier League.
“I’ve played with some top, top forwards and I hope to do so with Christian soon too.”
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