Football: ONE HULL OF A RELIEF; CARLING CUP THIRD ROUND ACTION AND ANALYSIS Sinclair Gets New Boss Grant Up and Running Hull 0 Chelsea 4
Byline: Simon BIRD
JOSE Mourinho helped Chelsea to victory last night - seven days after losing his job.
The former boss's final act at Chelsea's training ground last Thursday was to hug youngster Scott Sinclair and tell him: You'll be a big star one day.
And feeding off that boost from his departing boss, the 18-year-old stepped up to the first team last night, grabbed his first goal for the club, and gave new manager Avram Grant a first win in charge.
The 18-year-old sent Chelsea on the way to a comprehensive victory, their first in five games. Grant has been told to deliver goals and more exciting football by owner Roman Abramovich.
Well, the goals certainly came quickly once Hull's resistance had been broken. The next test is to reproduce this finishing against Premiership opposition.
It is just a pity Abramovich wasn't at the KC Stadium to see Chelsea hit four.
Bath-born Sinclair, controversially poached from Bristol Rovers two years ago, set Chelsea up for an easy win with his 38thminute curler.
Three minutes after the break Salomon Kalou scrambled in a cross from Claudio Pizarro to make it a cruise for the visitors after an uncomfortable first half. Steve Sidwell, making only his second start since joining from Reading in the summer, rifled in from 25 yards. And Kalou grabbed his second in the 80th minute.
He slotted home from 16 yards out following Joe Cole's cross.
It may have only been Hull City in the Carling Cup, but for Grant it was a vital win after a hellish week when Mourinho has loomed large.
He still does. Just ask Sinclair and his inspiration for last night's goal.
Abramovich also missed seeing a banner that warned him: "This club is ours and not your toy. …