Chelsea returned to winning ways in the Premier League and kept up their 100% home record with a scrappy and ill-disciplined victory over 10-man Hull.
Eden Hazard scored a header early on, but the hosts only made sure of victory after Tom Huddlestone’s 60th-minute red card for a challenge on Filipe Luis.
It was Diego Costa who eased Chelsea nerves, sweeping home from close range. But Chelsea were far from perfect, with Willian booked for diving and Gary Cahill lucky not to be sent off.
Hull had never won at Stamford Bridge and did not look like creating history against a team who were unshakable defensively, although they lacked their usual self-assurance going forward in the absence of suspended creator-in-chief Cesc Fabregas.
Chelsea (Hazard 7′ ; Diego Costa 68′)