Diego Costa strikes as Chelsea cruise to 2-0 win against third-tier Scunthorpe in FA Cup
Temperamental forward on his best behaviour as Blues see off third-tier Scunthorpe 2-0
Diego Costa ended another troubled week on a high note as the striker put Chelsea on course for the FA Cup fourth round with the opener in their 2-0 win over third-tier Scunthorpe on Sunday.
Costa and teammate Oscar almost came to blows before being separated by their fellow players after an aggressive knee-high tackle on the Spain striker by his Brazilian colleague sparking a furious exchange during a training session last week.
Blues interim boss Guus Hiddink had tried to laugh off the incident, but the ugly scene was the latest controversial moment involving the temperamental Costa and threatened to cast a shadow over the start of Chelsea’s bid to win the FA Cup for the first time since 2012.
Costa was on his best behaviour on this occasion as he put the Blues ahead early on at Stamford Bridge before teenage midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek came off the bench to seal the win with his first Chelsea goal in the second half.
“It was not an easy game,” said Hiddink, who is hoping to repeat his feat of 2009 by winning the FA Cup as Chelsea’s interim manager.
The experienced Dutchman told BT Sport he was particularly pleased with teenager Loftus-Cheek.
“We have these youngsters and I know them now after three or four weeks. When it’s an option I don’t hesitate to bring them [into the team].
“If you have an academy, then you must bring the young players. But they must go to a certain level.”
Hiddink is now unbeaten in four matches since replacing the sacked Jose Mourinho in December and, after winning the FA Cup in his previous spell as Chelsea interim boss in 2009, he must be dreaming of a return to Wembley in May.