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Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea

Branislav Ivanovic
  • Mourinho secures first league win at Villa Park
  • Villa score first goal for 659 minutes
  • Ivanovic winner is fifth goal against Villa
  • League rivals Man City drop points

Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the table to seven points after seeing off an Aston Villa team who finally ended their Premier League goal drought after 11 hours.

With nearest rivals Manchester City held at home by Hull, Branislav Ivanovic's winner secured a vital victory for the leaders.

Villa, who had not scored in the league since 20 December, responded well after falling behind to Eden Hazard's early goal and levelled through Jores Okore's header at the start of the second half.

But Ivanovic restored the Blues' advantage after 66 minutes and they went on to secure Jose Mourinho's first win at Villa Park at the sixth attempt.

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Lambert 'couldn't ask for any more'

The spirit Villa showed in defeat will be scant consolation for Paul Lambert's struggling side, whose winless run now stands at nine league games, but it appeared they were heading for a far worse defeat when Hazard opened the scoring after eight minutes.

That goal was scored far too easily from Villa's point of view, with their defence being carved apart as Oscar escaped down the right and fed Willian, who found Hazard running into the area to slot home.

Villa's main tactic in Lambert's 100th league game in charge seemed to be to fire a succession of crosses into the box, despite that fact their out-of-form target man Christian Benteke was dropped to the bench and Gabriel Agbonlahor did not offer much of an aerial threat in his place.

Branislav Ivanovic
Branislav Ivanovic has scored five goals in six league starts against Aston Villa

Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois gave them hope when he flapped at a couple of deliveries but Chelsea remained comfortable and even created further chances to extend their lead.

That all changed after half-time, when Villa finally found a way to hurt Mourinho's men.

Carles Gil had already shown some neat touches before slipping past Oscar on the by-line and lifting in a perfect pass for Okore to power home a downward header.

The goal brought wild celebrations from Villa's players and fans - with Okore booked for running into a crowd, who had not seen a league goal from their side since 20 December.

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Mourinho hails 'important victory'

Ironic chants of "we score when we want" followed from the home supporters and with Chelsea pegged back in their own half, for a few minutes it least, it appeared more might follow.

Not for the first time this season, the Blues found themselves in a battle, but they responded in perfect fashion.

Mourinho's men held firm at the back and began to build their own spell of pressure. Willian sent two shots skidding narrowly wide but the waves of Chelsea attacks were becoming relentless.

Villa cracked after 66 minutes, when they failed to deal with Cesar Azpilicueta's run and cross into the area.

The ball broke for Ivanovic on the edge of the box, who fizzed an unstoppable first-time shot into the top corner.

Chelsea
Eden Hazard had opened the scoring for Chelsea in the first half
Aston Villa
Jores Okore ended Aston Villa's long goal drought in the league by scoring his side's 12th of the season
Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho gave a debut to deadline day signing Juan Cuadrado late in the game

Line-ups

Aston Villa

  • 1Guzan
  • 21Hutton
  • 5OkoreBooked at 49mins
  • 6Clark
  • 23Cissokho
  • 25Gil
  • 8CleverleyBooked at 5minsSubstituted forSinclairat 74'minutes
  • 15WestwoodBooked at 44mins
  • 16Delph
  • 10WeimannSubstituted forColeat 80'minutes
  • 11AgbonlahorSubstituted forBentekeat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Vlaar
  • 7Bacuna
  • 9Sinclair
  • 12Cole
  • 20Benteke
  • 24Sánchez
  • 31Given

Chelsea

  • 13Courtois
  • 2IvanovicBooked at 90mins
  • 24Cahill
  • 26Terry
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 7RamiresBooked at 35mins
  • 21Matic
  • 22WillianSubstituted forCuadradoat 80'minutes
  • 8OscarSubstituted forMikelat 73'minutes
  • 10E Hazard
  • 11DrogbaSubstituted forRemyat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cech
  • 5Zouma
  • 6Aké
  • 12Mikel
  • 18Remy
  • 23Cuadrado
  • 36Loftus-Cheek
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
35,969

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamChelsea
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home8
Away12
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Chelsea 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Chelsea 2.

Offside, Aston Villa. Fabian Delph tries a through ball, but Alan Hutton is caught offside.

Offside, Chelsea. John Terry tries a through ball, but Ramires is caught offside.

Booking

Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Christian Benteke (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alan Hutton with a cross.

Jores Okore (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Juan Cuadrado (Chelsea).

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Aly Cissokho.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Joe Cole replaces Andreas Weimann.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Juan Cuadrado replaces Willian.

Offside, Chelsea. Branislav Ivanovic tries a through ball, but Loïc Remy is caught offside.

Foul by Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa).

Loïc Remy (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Carles Gil with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Nemanja Matic.

Foul by Ramires (Chelsea).

Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Scott Sinclair replaces Tom Cleverley.

Attempt missed. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Willian with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. John Obi Mikel replaces Oscar.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Ciaran Clark.

Attempt blocked. Loïc Remy (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Oscar (Chelsea).

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Christian Benteke replaces Gabriel Agbonlahor.

Goal!

Goal! Aston Villa 1, Chelsea 2. Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by César Azpilicueta with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Chelsea. Loïc Remy replaces Didier Drogba.

Foul by Fabian Delph (Aston Villa).

Oscar (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ramires (Chelsea) because of an injury.

Fabian Delph (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Eden Hazard (Chelsea).

Attempt blocked. Ashley Westwood (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gabriel Agbonlahor.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Nemanja Matic.

Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Aly Cissokho.

Attempt missed. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Attempt missed. Willian (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

Attempt saved. Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea24175254213356
2Man City24147347242349
3Southampton24143738172145
4Man Utd23127439221743
5Tottenham2413473731643
6Arsenal24126645271842
7Liverpool2411673327639
8West Ham2310673527836
9Swansea249782831-334
10Stoke239592628-232
11Newcastle238692935-630
12Everton246993134-327
13Crystal Palace2468102634-826
14Sunderland2441282234-1224
15West Brom2357112032-1222
16Aston Villa2457121232-2022
17Hull2448122134-1320
18Burnley2348112138-1720
19QPR2454152443-1919
20Leicester2445152138-1717
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