Frank Lampard scores as new Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho makes winning return
England midfielder Frank Lampard scored a stunning free-kick to help Chelsea beat Hull City on Sunday afternoon - and then hailed the influence of returning boss Jose Mourinho.
There was a fervent atmosphere at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea fans welcomed Mourinho back for his second spell in charge of the club - and Lampard certainly responded too.
After missing an early penalty - with his spot-kick parried by Hull 'keeper Allan McGregor - he was then denied by another stunning save from the Scot minutes later.
But after Oscar put Chelsea ahead, Lampard finally got his goal - his 204th for Chelsea - when he thundered home a stunning 30-yard free-kick to seal a 2-0 win against newly-promoted City.
Lampard said: "It was brilliant having Jose back.
"The crowd loved it, he loved it - it was like he's come home because know how much the club means to him and how much he means to the fans.
"It was a great day, a great start and now we have to kick on."
Chelsea also fielded Lampard's Three Lions team-mates Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill, as they cruised to a comfortable victory against a Hull side who brought on Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore in the second half.
Earlier in the day Tottenham, captained by Michael Dawson, sealed a 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace with a penalty from new signing Roberto Soldado.
England's Kyle Walker and Aaron Lennon were hugely influential in the game, linking well on the right flank - and it was Lennon who won the penalty when his cross was handled in the box.