Mourinho praised his side after win on Humberside.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho praised the performance of his team following their 3-2 win away at Humberside, a triumph which restored the Blues' six-point gap at the top of the Barclays Premier League table.

The west London side took the lead within a minute thanks to a wonder strike by Eden Hazard and Diego Costa increased the deficit with his 20th goal of the season, making it 2-0.

But, the Tigers responded and found a goal through Ahmed Elmohamady and within a minute Abel Hernandez levelled for the homeside, as the first half ended 2-2.

In the second half, Loic Remy came off the bench to secure the winning goal with his first touch on the ball and Mourinho heaped praise on his side after a vital away win at the KC Stadium.

‘We let the lead go but we played fantastic football with the ball from the first minute,’ the Portuguese coach, as Chelsea official website reported.

‘When at half time it’s 2-2 and you want to win the game, the most important thing is to play how we did from the start, that’s what I told the players. There was no point analysing details and mistakes. We had to get back to playing the football we lost in the last 15 minutes of the first half.

‘From the first minute of the second half we went back to quality football, creation and movement. Sooner or later the goal was going to arrive.

‘In the second half we played, there was a difficult situation on the break when Thibaut had to make three saves in a few seconds. After that we created and tried everything, so I think we deserved it.

‘If we didn’t win the game after the way we played we would have had the same feeling as Southampton. Today by winning we got what we deserved and it’s a good feeling.’

Mourinho also said the second goal they conceded was a collective mistake defensively.

‘If we tell our goalkeeper every time he has a back pass to kick it in the stands the second goal wouldn’t happen but we don’t do that. He tried to play, lost the rebound, the defenders didn’t open a passing line to play from the back and it’s a goal. Everybody was unhappy. It was just a question of stability, emotional control and playing.’

When asked why his top goal scorer Diego Costa was taken off late on in the game, he replied: ‘It’s a hamstring injury. When a striker is playing, the team needs a goal to win the game and he says it’s over for him, it’s over.

"He tried to play the Champions League final with Atletico and was injured, he has that fragility, we know his hamstring is not a strong one. He works hard in the week to compensate for the weakness he has there but the injury can come. We have Remy and Drogba, we never cry about injured players so let’s move on.’

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