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Chelsea player ratings: Hudson-Odoi makes an impact as Mount suffers rare day off

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Reece James crossed his own net to leave the Blues fearing more points lost, but they were tied minutes after Matty Cash knocked down Callum Hudson-Odoi in the zone and Jorginho brought in the penalty.

Off the bench at the break, Romelu Lukaku was found by a smart Hudson-Odoi cross to lead Chelsea ahead.

And Jorginho sealed the points with a late penalty after Ezri Konsa ended a powerful Lukaku breakaway with a clear foul.

James Robson assesses Chelsea’s performance at Villa Park.

Edouard Mendy – 6

Off his line very sharply to prevent Watkins from having a clear run on goal. Couldn’t do anything to stop James’ goal.

Trevoh Chalobah – 5

Villa seemed to be targeting his camp and it worked. Watkins beat him to the beat and stretched him several times. Took off at halftime.

Thiago Silva – 6

Chelsea are hoping his injury isn’t serious – but it didn’t look good to see him holding his hamstrings. Didn’t get enough coverage from the midfielder.

Antonio Rudiger – 6

He looked the most comfortable of the three Chelsea full-backs in a scorching first half. Notable Villa targeted Chalobah rather than him.

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Reece james – 6

Really struggled to get past Targett – then ended up leading the Villa Man’s Cross past Mendy. Came into a back three and it helped Chelsea look more solid defensively.

Jorginho – 7

So cool on the spot to shoot at Chelsea’s level in the first half and then confirm the win in stoppage time. Did not offer enough protection to his defense in the opening 45 minutes as Villa continued to erupt in the middle in the field, but decisive in times of high pressure.

N’Golo Kanté – 6

Not at his most influential level – but still pushed Villa back more than most as he made his way to the surface. The movement in front of him was not good enough.

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Marcos Alonso – 6

Not at his most convincing, but gave Hudson-Odoi good support and it was his pass that led to Chelsea’s penalty.

Masonry frame – 6

The quality of his last bullet let him down, as did his decision making. At least should have hit the target by going around Martinez in the second half, but grew in the game.

Christian Pulisic – 5

Did a job for the team as a makeshift No.9 – but it’s clearly not his job and seems so uncomfortable in the role.

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Callum Hudson-Odoi – 8

Won the penalty and provided the cross for Lukaku’s goal. This is the kind of impact Tuchel wants to see from him on a regular basis.

Romelu Lukaku (Chalobah, 46 ‘) – 8

Immediately gave Chelsea something to aim for and Villa something to fear in the box. A brilliant move and finish put Chelsea in the lead and it was their brilliant run that led to their added time penalty.

Andreas Christensen (Silva, 52 ‘) – 6

Could get a run to the side if Silva is out for a while – and in the middle of a three. Largely in control when it arrived.

Mateo Kovacic (Kante, 63 ‘) – 6

On a difficult day for the Chelsea midfielder, he brought energy to the midfield.

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