Super Eagles midfielder, John Obi Mikel, was in the starting line-up as Chelsea returned to winning ways in the English Premier League on Saturday.
The Super Eagles midfielder played for 82 minutes as the Blues thumped Hull City 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to get back on track after the setback at St. James Park last weekend.
A goal in each half off the boots of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa was all that was required by Jose Mourinho’s men to keep their top position on the EPL log.
Hazard gave Chelsea the lead in the 8th minute when he connected well to a cross from Oscar.
Nigeria international, Sone Aluko, did trouble the Chelsea defence but his efforts failed to bring in any goals for the Tigers.
While the first half ended with Chelsea enjoying a slim 1-0 lead, the home side pressed forward for more goals and they were finally rewarded in the 68th minute moments after Hull were reduced to 10 men following the sending off of Tom Huddlestone, who received a second yellow card.
Although Chelsea missed several other chances to increase their lead , they were able to hold on to the 2-0 win which ensured that that they stay top of the standings with 39 points in 16 games.
In other centers, Manchester City kept pace with Chelsea after they recorded a lone goal win over Leicester. Frank Lampard got the only goal for the Citizens.
Also at the Hawthorns, there was joy for the Super Eagles duo of Victor Anichebe and Brown Ideye as their team West Brom triumphed over Aston Villa 1-0 to finally end their five match winless streak.
Full time results
Burnley 1 – 0 Southampton
Chelsea 2 – 0 Hull City
Crystal Palace 1 – 1 Stoke City
Leicester City 0 – 1 Manchester City
Sunderland 1 – 1 West Ham United
West Bromwich Albion 1 – 0 Aston Villa