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On the Whistle: Chelsea 2-1 Aston Villa

Game Details

Match: Chelsea vs Aston Villa

Competition: Premier League

Date: Wednesday 4th December 2019

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Attendance: 40,628

Scoring Summary

Chelsea: Abraham (24’), Mount (49’)

Villa: Trezeguet (41’)

Line-Up

Heaton, Elmohamady, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Nakamba, Hourihane (Douglas Luiz 58’), McGinn, Trezeguet (Jota 76’), Wesley, Grealish (C)

Unused subs: Nyland (GK), Taylor, Lansbury, Engels, Kodjia

Story in Brief

Aston Villa's unbeaten run came to an end on Wednesday night, with a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Goals from former Villa striker Tammy Abraham, and Mason Mount, gave Frank Lampard's side all three points.

Trezeguet equalised shortly before half-time after Abraham's opener, but the result wasn't to be.

Chelsea started the brighter and forced Tom Heaton into a couple of early saves.

Willian stung the palms of the English ‘keeper from the right-hand side of the area, before Mount planted a header on target that was comfortably held.

Heaton could do nothing to prevent the hosts taking the lead after 24 minutes, however.

Reece James prodded a cross over the top of the Villa defence, which former Villan Abraham glanced home from close range before celebrating respectfully in front of the travelling supporters.

Dean Smith’s side grew into the game from there and equalised just before the break.

Ahmed Elmohamady, recalled to the starting XI, produced an excellent cross from the right, finding Trezeguet who bundled the ball across the line to level the scores.

It wasn’t long after the break, however, that Chelsea regained their lead.

Abraham was involved again, this time chesting down a cross from Willian, leaving Mount to volley the ball into the top corner.

Heaton pulled off fine stops from Willian (twice) and Christian Pulisic, respectively, to keep Villa in the game.

But those spectacular saves would be in vain, as Villa couldn’t find that elusive piece of magic on an ultimately frustrating evening at Stamford Bridge.

Tammy's Torment

Tammy Abraham left his mark on the Villa faithful last season, scoring 26 goals and playing a huge part in promotion.

But the travelling fans watched him score against them on Wednesday night.

The England striker, who's been in fine form all season long, glanced home a cross in the 24th minute to send Chelsea on their way to victory.

He refused to partake in any exuberant celebrations, especially in front of the Villa supporters, and received a fantastic reception from all four corners of the ground when he was subbed off in the second half.

History Made at the Bridge

It wasn't a result to remember for Dean Smith's side, but they will take an historic moment away with them.

Villa's only goal of the night, scored by Trezeguet and assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady, is the first goal in Premier League history to be created and finished by an Egyptian player.

Both players missed out on a starting berth against Manchester United on Sunday, but were recalled due to the absences of Frederic Guilbert (suspension) and Anwar El Ghazi (leg), respectively.

What Smith Said...

On the outcome of the game:

“The best team won on the night. I’m disappointed with the manner of the goals and we gave the ball away too cheaply. It was a patchy game for us.”

On Villa's inconsistency:

“When we played with belief, we put them under pressure but when you step off, top teams can put you under pressure.”

On the positives:

Smith praised the performance of Marvelous Nakamba in midfield, and also highlighted Tom Heaton's performance in goal.

On Jack Grealish continuing to be the most fouled player in the league:

Asked whether he is worried that Grealish could pick up a serious injury as a result of being the most-fouled player in the Premier League, Smith said that it is possible, if he is not protected sufficiently by the officials.

 

What’s Next?

Aston Villa resume their Premier League campaign when they take on Leicester City at Villa Park on Sunday. Kick-off is at 2pm.

Latest Scores

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1 same Liverpool 38 52 99
2 same Man City 38 67 81
3 same Man Utd 38 30 66
4 same Chelsea 38 15 66
5 same Leicester City 38 26 62
6 up Spurs 38 14 59
7 down Wolves 38 11 59
8 up Arsenal 38 8 56
9 down Sheff Utd 38 0 54
10 down Burnley 38 -7 54
11 up Southampton 38 -9 52
12 down Everton 38 -12 49
13 same Newcastle 38 -20 44
14 same Crystal Palace 38 -19 43
15 up Brighton 38 -15 41
16 down West Ham United 38 -13 39
17 same Aston Villa 38 -26 35
18 up Bournemouth 38 -25 34
19 down Watford 38 -28 34
20 same Norwich City 38 -49 21
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