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Fabregas: Vital victory

Cesc Fabregas says the team were well prepared for the difficult challenge of overcoming Hull and the Spaniard is satisfied we were able to secure another important victory.

Fabregas came off the bench in the second half and produced the set-piece delivery from which Gary Cahill scored our second goal in the 2-0 victory. Diego Costa had broken the deadlock just before half-time with a well-taken strike from a Victor Moses cross as we moved eight points clear at the top of the table.

‘First of all I would like to say, on behalf of Chelsea and the team, we want to wish Ryan Mason well,’ said the midfielder, after the Hull player was taken to hospital with a serious injury from an accidental clash of heads with Cahill.

‘It was a very tough game, we knew it would be from the beginning,' he added. 'We prepared very well for it and it paid off. In the Premier League there are no easy games but we must be pleased with the result because it was three points we really wanted.

‘After this weekend, when there were some unexpected results, we knew it was a must-win to go into two difficult games with the advantage we wanted.

‘In the first half maybe we didn’t play the ball as quickly as we had to, but sometimes you have to win in a way which isn’t the prettiest.’

Fabregas recorded yet another assist having replaced Eden Hazard in the 69th minute, with his free-kick glanced home by Cahill.

‘That was nice,’ he said. ‘I play football to win and enjoy. When I don’t play I’m sad and I don’t enjoy it but I’m happy the team is doing well. Football is my life, it’s everything to me. Every time I’m on the pitch I try to do my best. In this game it went well again so I just need to keep going and show the manager I deserve to play.’

He was equally pleased for team-mate Diego Costa, who returned to the side and scored another vital goal.

‘It was a good goal and he’s always there when we need him,’ said Fabregas. ‘We know what Diego brings to the team, nothing needs to be said about that. We’re pleased he’s back and we need him if we want to achieve our targets.’

Next up for the Blues is an FA Cup fourth-round tie at home to Brentford next Saturday, before we travel to Anfield for a huge Premier League encounter on 31 January.

‘We have an important game in the FA Cup and after that I’m sure the manager will prepare as best he can knowing Liverpool are one of the best teams in the league by far.

‘We will just play our game. We’ve done well this season so why not go there and make a statement?’