Loic Remy has admitted that he is frustrated over a lack of first-team chances, but hopes that his heroics in the 3-2 win away to Hull gives manager Jose Mourinho food for thought.
Remy had an immediate impact after replacing Costa on 75 minutes as the Frenchman poked home the winner moments later to help Chelsea restore their six-point lead over second-placed Manchester City.
The 28-year-old has started just two Premier League games this season, and the ex-QPR man is hopeful that his match-winning cameo at the KC Stadium proves a watershed moment in his Blues career.
“It’s a good moment for me so far as it shows great work from all the team and we’re working really hard every day in training to get the results and it’s important to get this result,” he told Sky Sports.
“It’s a great feeling to get the three points. When I was sent on, the manager just told me to get some quality in the final third.
“It’s always frustrating when you’re on the bench, but I think having me there made the difference today and you have to be ready to fight and to win games, it’s simple.”
Eden Hazard helped Chelsea on their way with a fine strike inside two minutes, before Costa doubled the advantage on 10 minutes as Mourinho’s side looked in fine form.
However, Hull soon found themselves level with goals from Ahmed El Mohamady and Abel Hernandez in the space of 74 first-half seconds to stun the travelling fans.
The Blues’ title bid had a lost a bit of momentum with last week’s 1-1 draw with Southampton, and Hazard says that victory over Hull was imperative as they now focus on winning their “nine finals”.
“It was important after the draw at home against Southampton. We have nine finals left to play – we need to win everything if we want to win the trophy,” the Belgian added.
“When you play away it’s always difficult. Last season this game was difficult.
“Everybody in the squad is important. It’s not easy when you’re on the bench but Loic Remy is a very good player and important.”