Chelsea 2, Hull 0

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

Af­ter a mis­er­able Septem­ber yielded one point from three games, Chelsea started the new month in style thanks to Diego Costa’s sec­ond-half con­tri­bu­tion. First, Costa picked out Wil­liam, who turned Markus Hen­rik­sen and David Meyler be­fore curl­ing a shot into the top of the net. Then Costa curled in his own strike from a sim­i­lar po­si­tion.

The re­sponse to last week’s 3-0 loss at Arse­nal was man­ager An­to­nio Conte drop­ping Branislav Ivanovic and switch­ing to a three-man de­fense. It pro­duced a sec­ond clean sheet of the sea­son.

“It is very im­por­tant for the con­fi­dence,” Conte said. “It was a big change in the tac­ti­cal as­pect but we feel we must find the right so­lu­tion to be more com­pact. We must trust in the work we are do­ing and it is im­por­tant to un­der­stand we must play this way.”

Chelsea is sixth, while Hull is in 15th place.

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