Aston Villa player ratings vs Chelsea - Delph the lone bright spot

Aston Villa

There were few positives to take from Aston Villa's performance against Chelsea, as goals from Oscar, Diego Costa and Willian helped the table-toppers to a comfortable 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

Brad Guzan 6.5/10 – Made an impressive save from Willian in the seventh-minute but couldn’t prevent Oscar from sweeping in to open the scoring on the rebound. Overall, though, it was a solid performance from the reliable US keeper.

Alan Hutton 6/10 – The “Scottish Cafu” looked good going forward but it was clear he was struggling to contain Oscar over the course of the 90 minutes.

Philippe Senderos 5/10 – It’s perhaps no surprise that the former Arsenal man had trouble coping with Chelsea’s high-powered attack on the afternoon, as he failed to track his man on all three opposition goals.

Nathan Baker 5.5/10 – Returning to the lineup after the virus which ruled him out of the Arsenal clash, Baker was solid in the air but, like Senderos, unable to cope with the constant pressure from the likes of Oscar, Diego Costa and Willian.

Aly Cissokho 5.5/10 – The Frenchman came close to levelling on 20 minutes with a looping shot but wasted possession on the left-flank too often, and delivered little end product to make up for his defensive faults.

Ashley Westwood 5.5/10 – Another member of the Villa lineup to return from illness, Westwood tried to test Chelsea on a few occasions from set pieces but more often than not found the head of an opposition defender.

Tom Cleverley 6/10 – The Manchester United loanee kept the ball well but it was an otherwise forgettable outing, and Villa will want to see more from him going forward if his switch is to be made permanent down the road.

Fabian Delph 7/10 – The now-England international was Villa’s best performer on the pitch with his tireless running but he couldn't break down Chelsea's robust defence on his own.

Andreas Weimann 5/10 – The versatile Austrian looked off the pace before being subbed for Charles N’Zogbia with 20 minutes left, with one blocked shot in the second-half his lone meaningful contribution.

Kieran Richardson 5.5/10 – Delivered a few teasing crosses but had an overall quiet afternoon before being replaced along with Weimann with 20 minutes to go.

Gabby Agbonlahor 6/10 – Villa’s stand-in captain was left somewhat isolated up top, although he did manage to draw yellow cards for both Cesc Fabregas and ex-teammate Gary Cahill with his pace.

SUBSTITUTES

Charles N’Zogbia 6/10 – With Villa 2-0 down at the time of his introduction, there was little the midfielder could do to influence to match.

Darren Bent 6/10 – Much like N’Zogbia, the out-of-favour front man could do little with the 20 minutes he was given to earn a consolation strike.

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