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Chelsea defeated Hull City 2-1 at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday evening to progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup.
It was a good performance by the Chelsea side especially in the first-half, but the Blues failed to take their chances.
After a dominant Chelsea first-half performance, Hull came out strongly in the second half and caused a scare after Kamil Grosicki’s free-kick deflected off Mateo Kovacic in the wall and went past a helpless Willy Caballero into the back of the net.
Kovacic was blamed for not being firm on the wall, and the Croatian international has admitted that the fault was indeed his.
He said: “They scored a goal from a free-kick, which was my mistake. I did a little bit of a strange jump and the ball touched me. Sometimes that can happen but the most important thing is we got the win and we are through.
“The FA Cup is a great competition and we want to win it.”
Former Chelsea star Joe Cole said after the game that Kovacic will be disappointed with himself for the part he played in Hull City’s goal.
“Frank has spoken about killers and discipline and Kovacic will be disappointed with himself,” Cole said on BT Sport following Chelsea’s win.
“It’s an error where you just leave the wall, it’s a freak goal but Azpilicueta after the game… I’m sure people will be having words with him.
“I thought he was excellent today, Kovacic. But when you talk about moments when you’ve got to be professional, you’ve got to stand up and take one on the chin.
“It’s a mistake you expect a younger player to make.”