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Summary

  1. Chelsea: Begovic, Azpilicueta, Terry, Zouma, Baba, Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas, Ramires, Willian, Pedro, Costa.
  2. Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Richards, Lescott, Richardson, Gana, Westwood, Grealish, Ayew, Gil, Gestede.

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By Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa

A very simple and much-needed win for Chelsea, who never got out of second gear. Villa were woeful. They are in trouble.

SUBSTITUTION

Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa

Chelsea change. Loic Remy on for Willian.

Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa

Diego Costa nearly has the final word but Brad Guzan just nips in ahead of him to palm away Ramires' cross.

Before that, Costa ran into the back of Ashley Westwood, sparking another little tussle. He just can't stay away from bother can he?

Four minutes added.

Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa

This game was done and dusted a long time ago. Villa are resigned to their fate, Chelsea are seemingly happy with 2-0. Let's just get these last few minutes rattled off and get on home.

SUBSTITUTION

Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa

Eden Hazard gets a little cameo, coming on for Pedro, who has been quiet this half.

Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa

Diego Costa does a superb job for his team, holding the ball up and winning a free-kick off Micah Richards, who gets in a tangle with the striker and chests him down.

It looks like there was a flailing arm from Costa that caught the Villa man. I wouldn't be confident to say it was intentional, though. But this is Costa and his reputation follows him.

Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa

Finally, some singing from the home fans. It is only a brief rendition of a song but it shows there is still life out there. 

The home team greet the rise in noise by creating a great chance as Willian's pass finds Cesc Fabregas is space in the box for a shot that flashes a yard past the post.

Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa

Chelsea are heading for victory here but you wouldn't know it. The stadium is very quiet.

YELLOW CARD - Willian

Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa

Willian is booked for tripping a Villa player just inside the Chelsea half.

Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa

Good work from Chelsea denies Joleon Lescott as a number of bodies throw themselves in front of the ball as it drops at the defenders feet following a free-kick into the box. The Blues have not had to defend much this half but they did that superbly.

Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa

It could have been three. Villa gift the ball to Willian again but this time, unlike the opening goal, Diego Costa cannot finish a low cross with Brad Guzan diving out to claim.

Watching this, you fear for Villa this season.

SUBSTITUTION

Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa

This definitely won't do for Villa, who make another change. Jordan Ayew departs and Adama Traore is introduced.

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SUBSTITUTION

Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa

This won't do for Villa, though. They make their first change as Jordan Amavi comes on for Kieran Richardson.

Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa

There was a time when Chelsea would have gone for the jugular in these circumstances. The Blues are not in that place right now, though. 2-0 will do just fine for Jose Mourinho's men.

Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa

Villa look done. Pedro is found on the right corner of the box in acres of space, but his shot flies past the far post.

Soon after, Cesc Fabregas' cross is met by the head of Diego Costa in the box but not with the power to test Brad Guzan.

'It has all fallen apart'

Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa

Garth Crooks

Former Spurs striker on Final Score

"Aston Villa have been very clumsy and careless, and Guzan has done them no favours. Frankly, from a good first half hour it has all fallen apart."

GOAL - Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa

Alan Hutton own goal

That could well be that. Cesc Fabregas picks up the ball and floats a pass into the box for Diego Costa, who brings the ball down with his chest turns well and then fires a low shot that wasn't destined for the goal until the heel of Alan Hutton deflects the ball past Brad Guzan.

Long way back for Villa now.

Alan Hutton scores an own goal for Aston Villa at Chelsea
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YELLOW CARD - Jordan Ayew

Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa

The first card goes to the Villa man as he slides in to the back of Ramires near the touchline.

Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa

Jack Grealish with an effort for Villa - the first of the half - which flies past the far post.

KICK-OFF

Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa

SUBSTITUTION

Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa

Chelsea make a change at the break as Nemanja Matic comes on for Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Apparently this is tactical. It's a shame as the youngster did quite well.

Hopefully, Matic will last longer than 15 minutes this time.

Costa's goal

Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa

Diego Costa goal
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Joleon Lescott is number 16 on this goal map. His marker is black and yellow but it should probably be bright red from the embarrassment of allowing Willian to nick the ball and Costa to score.

HALF-TIME

Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa

That is your lot for this half. Hardly a classic but Chelsea have the lead and in their current predicament that is all they will care about. Villa are seemingly on a suicide mission with the amount of times they have given the ball away.

Stamford Bridge is eerily quiet. Maybe a hot brew at the break will liven them up?

Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa

Guess what? Villa give the ball away again in their own half but Ruben Loftus-Cheek can't latch on to Diego Costa's pass into the box.

Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa

One minute of time is added to the half.

Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa

What are Villa doing? Again, their defence gift the ball to Diego Costa, who drives in to the box but is muscled out by a combination of Joleon Lescott and Kieran Richardson. The striker drops to the floor looking for a penalty but the referee isn't fooled. 

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Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa

Villa can't just sit back now. They have to create something. Ashley Westwood almost does with a deflected shot from the edge of the box that Asmir Begovic saves. 

Jack Grealish then gets top the byeline but can only drive his low cross into the hands of the Chelsea keeper.

'Villa have been punished'

Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa

Dion Dublin

Former Aston Villa striker on Final Score

"I don't know what Brad Guzan was doing. You have to clear your lines. Any mistake and Chelsea will pounce on it, even with the poor run of form they're on at the moment.

"Villa had a chance five minutes before where Rudy Gestede should have scored. They didn't and now they've been punished."

'What does conceding that goal do to morale?'

Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa

Garth Crooks

Former Spurs striker on Final Score

"This is a great test of Tim Sherwood's managerial ability. At half-time will he rant and rave? Before conceding, his team was doing very well and was unlucky not to be in front. What does conceding that goal do to morale?"

Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa

Villa are losing their discipline. Micah Richards knocks down Pedro for a free-kick on the left of the box. Willian curls it in to the box but also straight into the hands of Brad Guzan.

'A team that's getting old'

Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa

Garth Crooks

Former Spurs striker on Final Score

"Jose Mourinho couldn't afford to take Terry and Ivanovic out of the team at the same time. Those two players, who may both be lacking pace, contribute in other areas. Mourinho is having the manage a team that's getting old."

GOAL - Chelsea 1-0 Aston Villa

Diego Costa

A goal, gift-wrapped by Villa and gratefully received by the majority in Stamford Bridge. For the third time, Villa give the ball away in a dangerous area as Brad Guzan's pass is not controlled by Joleon Lescott and stolen by Willian, who drives in to the box before setting up Costa for an easy finish. 

It is a huge lift for Chelsea, who have been average and a massive blow for Villa, who have looked pretty comfortable.

Diego Costa scores for Chelsea
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Chelsea 0-0 Aston Villa

Oh, great chance for Villa's Rudy Gestede. Probably the best of the first half. Jordan Ayew gets past his man on the left and crosses low into the box, where Gestede gets ahead of the hesitant John Terry but flicks his effort just over the bar.

Terry responds at the other end with a header from a free-kick which loops over the bar. Just a flicker of life in this match.

Chelsea 0-0 Aston Villa

Willian does take it, but only to set up Kurt Zouma for a low shot that hammers into the wall before being cleared.

Chelsea 0-0 Aston Villa

Plenty to ponder for Jose Mourinho. He sits forward on his seat as Cesar Azpilicueta wins a corner. Once again, though, it comes to nothing.

However, Chelsea then win a free-kick about 25 yards from goal. Willian. Calling Willian...

Chelsea 0-0 Aston Villa

The ball is pinging around in the a congested middle third with little sign of control from either side. It's messy stuff. Messy and directionless. It suits Villa.

Chelsea 0-0 Aston Villa

Nice play from Villa allows Kieran Richardson to charge away down the left but his cross is unable to be brought down by Rudy Gestede before Chelsea hammer it away.

Soon after, Jack Grealish wins a free-kick on the edge of the box after being blocked by Cesar Aspilicueta. Jordan Ayew has a pop and gets it over the wall but also the bar.

Chelsea 0-0 Aston Villa

It is quite flat at the moment. Villa are happy to contain and Chelsea are struggling to move the ball at the required speed to hurt the visitors.