Despite a third successive loss, Hull City’s Markus Henriksen says the Tigers’ first half display was more than a match for Chelsea.

Chelsea’s Diego Costa and David Luiz in action with Hull City’s Adama Diomande

Hull City midfielder Markus Henriksen has told the club’s official website that he is confident the Tigers should take positives from their latest defeat to Chelsea at KCOM Stadium, despite it being the third loss in a row.

Hull welcomed the Blues to their ground and put up a strong showing in the first half, creating chances but it was a rather subdued Chelsea who dominated and came away with the three points.

Regardless of his side’s dwindling start to the season, Henriksen, who was handed his first home debut said: “We just have to take the positives from the game, which was first half display because we more than matched one of the best sides in this league.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and Hull City caretaker manager Mike Phelan

“We played very well in the first half but in the second half it looked as though we got a little bit tired.

“We also made some very stupid mistakes, especially in the centre of the field. I guess a team like Chelsea will take advantage.”

Chelsea’s Diego Costa in action with Hull City’s David Marshall

It was second-half goals from Willian and Diego Costa that secured Chelsea’s victory and ended what was a daunting string of games for the Tigers ahead of the international break.

Mike Phelan’s team have faced Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea in four of their last five Premier League matches but will return after the break with trips to Bournemouth and Watford sandwiching a home game against Stoke.

The 24-year-old Norweigan continued: “If we want to be a good team in the Premier League then these are the games we have to take the points in.

Hull City’s Curtis Davies in action with Chelsea’s Diego Costa

“I’m positive and optimistic that we can do that. All the lads and the staff can see the start to the season we’ve had.

“It’s always disappointing when you lose three games but we have to go on. Now the games are coming when we have to take points.”

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