Chelsea climbed to the top of the Premier League table with a 2-0 win at Hull City.
Hull have a good record at home, having lost only two of their league games, and they made a bright start.
Ahmed Elmohamady, who was eager to take on Ashley Cole with the ball at his feet, unleashed a swerving, dipping shot that bounced directly in front of Petr Cech and forced the keeper into a good save.
Hull pressed high and after Jake Livermore had tested Cech with a long-range drive, a rare error from John Terry handed an opening to Yannick Sagbo.
The striker has a point to prove, with manager Steve Bruce closing in on a deal for Nikica Jelavic, but he fluffed his lines by dragging his shot across goal.
The best chance of the opening 45 minutes fell to Oscar. The Brazilian looked sure to score when the ball fell at his feet eight yards out. He made crisp contact with his shot, but Allan McGregor produced a stunning reaction save to push the ball over the top.
Having found it tough to convert their possession into credible chances in the opening half, Chelsea had a bit more zip about them at the start of the second—with Hazard having a shot deflected wide and Ramires glancing a header over the top.
Hazard served notice of his threat at the start of the second half. If that run and shot was a sighter, it worked a treat as a carbon copy brought the opener on 56 minutes. Collecting a flick from Cole, Hazard drove in from the left and unleashed a low drive beyond McGregor.
That was as predictable as death and taxes. Hazard is fantastic. How come United can't find players like that?— Adam Hirshfield (@ahirshfield) January 11, 2014
On his 200th Premier League appearance, it was apt that Torres sealed the win with a goal three minutes from time. Collecting a ball 25 yards out, he drove into the box and shot low beyond McGregor to secure a big three points for Jose Mourinho's men.
John Terry: C
The defender was his typical towering self when dealing with the aerial ball, but he made a couple of uncharacteristic errors when in possession.
Eden Hazard: B+
Continues to be Chelsea’s brightest attacking spark. He was eager to run at the Hull defenders at every opportunity and it was that type of play that brought the goal.
Ashley Cole: B-
The England international has been a frustrated spectator for long spells this season and he had a tough time against Elmohamady, but he stuck to his task and it was his flick that created the goal for Hazard.
Petr Cech passed a notable landmark, with his 209th clean sheet for Chelsea taking the club record. He spoke to broadcaster BT Sport after the game and was delighted to have helped lift the team back to the top of the table.
The most important is that we keep winning games. We want to win the league, hopefully the clean sheets will help us achieve our targets.
We have won an important game and are top of the table for the first time in a long tie.
Up next for Chelsea is a huge home meeting with champions Manchester United next Sunday, while Hull are on their travels to Norwich City in the league next Saturday.