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Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic: This young team will keep improving

Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic was delighted with the manner of their FA Cup win at Hull City.

The Croatian played 90 minutes at the KCOM Stadium as the Blues secured an ultimately hard-fought 2-1 victory to book a place in the hat for tonight's fifth round draw.

"It was a tough game, as we knew that it would be, but we need to score in the first half two more goals," the 25-year-old said afterwards.

"That's our problem in this moment but obviously we're happy to go through.

"It was because we didn't score on time - we had some chances and we didn't use them. In training, we are working on it but we are still a young team, a new team, and we need to improve a lot. We need to take our chances, which in this moment we are not doing great, but we have time to improve and I am sure we will do."

For Hull's goal, Kovacic was criticised for breaking the structure of the wall with his jump and he was willing to accept fault.

"They scored a goal from a free-kick, which was my mistake," he admitted to chelseafc.com. "I did a little bit of a strange jump and the ball touched me. Sometimes that can happen but the most important thing is we got the win and we are through.

"The FA Cup is a great competition and we want to win it."

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