Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton posts a mixed performance

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Aston Villa's Alan Hutton had an afternoon to forget against Chelsea.

Ten-man Aston Villa edged that bit closer to the Championship this afternoon after Chelsea destroyed them and left Villa Park with a 4-0 win.

Goals from Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Alexandre Pato helped the visitors into a comfortable 2-0 half-time lead, before a second-half double from Pedro fattened the Blues' advantage.

The hosts' misery was compounded on 85 minutes when right-back Alan Hutton picked up a second yellow card, leaving the field to applause from the home fans.

The applause was more for his effort and hard work rather than his overall performance which, in reality, was not the 31-year-old's best afternoon.

  PositionTeamDuel WonDuel LostFoulsPoss Lost AllBall RecoveryRed CardAppearancesMins Played
Alan Hutton DF Aston Villa 4 8 4 11 8 1 1 85

Statistics indicate that Hutton lost no fewer than eight of his 12 duels during his 85-minute stint on the field - and lost possession on 11 occasions - as well as committing four fouls in total.

To his credit, he did manage a decent eight ball recoveries, while he also won four of his duels, but the two yellow cards cancelled out some of his better work.

Beyond the stats, the former Rangers man's positioning was also questionable; missing the run of Oscar in the build-up to the third goal, before giving the Brazilian far too much space in the shot which led to the fourth.

With Villa 15 points adrift of safety, they are effectively relegated, but their remaining games is still a chance for their more established players to impress and join another top-flight club this summer, though Hutton, despite some hard work, let that opportunity pass him by.

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