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Chelsea owner Abramovich misses Grant's big day

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich missed last night's Carling Cup victory at Hull City.

And Israeli Avram Grant joked: "When Roman's here you say he picks the team, when he's not you're not happy. I think he missed a good game.

"I was pleased with the performance, with four goals and with the way my players combined and passed.

"It was a good response to everything that happened last week and then the match at Manchester United.

"I didn't expect it to be quite so good after only a few days but it shows the work that Steve Clarke and everyone else is doing is having an effect."

Chelsea officials blamed flying difficulties for Red Rom's failure to turn up at the KC Stadium.

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