?Hull City manager Marco Silva said he was happy with how his players controlled parts of the game in their defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but has still demanded improvements.
The Tigers were beaten 2-0 by the league leaders but certainly offered a good account of themselves, registering ten shots on goal and enjoying plenty of possession.
However, a lack of cutting edge in the final third meant the relegation-threatened side walked away from Stamford Bridge empty-handed, but were also unlucky not to have won a penalty when Marco Alonso tripped Abel Hernandez in the area.
“The result is not what we want,” Silva told Sky Sports. “We came here to compete and try to take points, Chelsea are in a very good moment but we tried, and we controlled the game in some moments.
“Chelsea had more possession and more offensive football but when you concede a goal in the last minute of the first half, it’s cheap, because if you come in at half-time and change situations, maybe the performance is different.
“It was a good reaction in the second half, with one or two chances to change the score. A good performance, but I want more.”
“I don’t know about the foul,” said Silva. “My players said yes, and said it’s a penalty in the second half, but I don’t know.
“We have made some mistakes, you do that, but we need to continue our work to change some things at the club.
“I am happy with our performance, but not the result. I want more and I am sure we will improve in the next week.”
Hull confirmed Sunday night that midfielder Ryan Mason was being treated in hospital for a fractured skull after a collision with Gary Cahill in the first-half.
“The Club can confirm that Ryan Mason sustained a skull fracture in our fixture at Chelsea this afternoon,” a statement read.
“He was taken to St Mary’s Hospital where he has undergone surgery. Ryan is in a stable condition and is expected to remain in hospital for the next few days.Everyone at the Club would like to express their sincere thanks for the excellent and swift care given to Ryan by both the Accident and Emergency department and Neurosurgery Unit at St Mary’s Hospital.”
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wished Mason a fast recovery on behalf of everyone at his club:
“Everyone at Chelsea wants to wish for him the best.
“It was very bad this accident. Everyone at Chelsea, we hope to see him very soon on the pitch and to recover very soon.”