Mason Mount scored his club’s first two goals of the season as Chelsea survived a first-half onslaught against Aston Villa to continue Graham Potter’s winless start as manager.
The England midfielder was gifted an opening when Tyrone Mings’ header fell to an easy finish after six minutes.
And in front of England boss Gareth Southgate, Mount added a second from a 25-yard free-kick, but again assisted after Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez was wrong.
Villa, who were unbeaten in four games, did everything but score in the first half, but Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga found himself in form as he denied Danny Ings, John McGinn and Jacob Ramsey.
Potter, who is unbeaten in six games since taking over as Chelsea boss last month and has won his last five, played striker Raheem Sterling at right-back due to Reece James’ knee injury, which will remain. defender out of the World Cup.
But after watching Villa dominate the first half without finding the net, Potter brought Sterling forward and enjoyed a more comfortable second half, keeping Chelsea fourth, four points behind third-placed Tottenham with a game in hand.
Villa might have been let down by two costly mistakes, but manager Steven Gerrard would have been encouraged by his first-half display, if not his side’s finishing.
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Game over, Aston Villa 0, Chelsea 2.
Second half ends, Aston Villa 0, Chelsea 2.
Corner, Chelsea. Tyrone Mings receives the ball.
Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the center of the box. Help from Leander Dendoncker.
Change, Chelsea. Armando Broja for Raheem Sterling.
Offside, Chelsea. Ben Chilwell tries to pass, but Raheem Sterling is ruled offside.
Jorginho (Chelsea) wins the free kick.
Foul by Philippe Coutinho (Aston Villa).
Attempt blocked. Blocked by Emiliano Buendía (Aston Villa) on the right wing.
Corner, Aston Villa. Provided by César Azpilicueta.
Free kick won by Mason Mount (Chelsea).
Foul by Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa).
The attempt has been saved. Raheem Sterling (Chelsea) shot from the right wing to the center of the goal. Assisted by César Azpilicueta.
Mason Mount (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Mason Mount (Chelsea).
Emiliano Buendía (Aston Villa) wins a free kick.
Foul by Conor Gallagher (Chelsea).
Philippe Coutinho (Aston Villa) wins a free kick.
Change Aston Villa. Leander Dendoncker replaces Jacob Ramsey.
Offside, Aston Villa. Emiliano Buendia receives Ezri Konsa’s pass for offside.
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