Ancelotti: We have to improve
Carlo Ancelotti knows there is still room for improvement after his baptism in the Premier League was made all the more enjoyable by a fluke winner from Didier Drogba.
Chelsea had trailed to Stephen Hunt's 27th-minute opener before the Ivorian levelled ten minutes later with a 25-yard free-kick. But, after the Blues had squandered numerous second-half chances, Drogba's attempted cross in the second minute of added time somehow dropped over the head of Boaz Myhill for the winner.
"For sure we have to improve because we didn't always play well in this match," said Ancelotti. "We made some mistakes. But this is normal after one month.
"We have to improve our play and continuity in matches. This game was very difficult because we went behind. But we didn't lose the idea to play and at the end we deserved to win.
"It is good for the team to believe all the time that they could score," he said. "This is football, a nice part of football. It is important for us to believe."
Ancelotti had to be thankful for another outstanding display from Drogba. The Ivory Coast striker recently signed a new contract extension and looked back to his best compared with the dark days he endured under former manager Luiz Felipe Scolari.
"I think last season he had a problem with his body and now he is well," added Ancelotti. "He is important for us and I am very happy he scored two goals. He has a lot of motivation now."
Chelsea looked tired as the second half wore on but Ancelotti would not criticise England coach Fabio Capello for using Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and John Terry for the full 90 minutes against Holland in midweek.
"We have to consider that a lot players played 90 minutes with their national team and did not rest totally," said Ancelotti. "I didn't speak with Capello. I want, if it is possible, to help his work and give England players in good condition. I am not coach of England, they have a very good coach.
"Ashley, John and Frank are in very good condition, it was no problem for them to play 90 minutes."
Hull City manager Phil Brown acknowledged that he was disappointed at losing the game in injury time, but was more than pleased with their overall performance.
"I am bitterly disappointed, but pleased that we put a marker down in London yet again," said Brown. "This is what we asked the players to do. We played better today than last season and yet we got a point then.
"It was a pleasing performance and the game plan was to frustrate Chelsea. We knew they had the quality to beat us and turn the game on its head and that happened in the 92nd minute."
Brown was particularly pleased with the performance of debutant Hunt, who put the Tigers ahead against the run of play in the opening half.
"We had three or four new players on show who are learning all about Phil Brown and what it is like to play for Hull City," added Brown. "He's had quite an energetic first game, but we knew it would be difficult for him today.
"He's tenacious and gets in the face of the opposition and sometimes teams or players don't like that, but he is my kind of player."
Hull only just survived relegation last year and Brown acknowledges they will have to prove the doubters wrong once more.
"We survived last year and people doubted us, but we have to prove them wrong again."