Well that was a bit of a laugher. Not sure Chelsea ever got out of second gear and still put four past a terrible, horrible, ridiculously bad Villa side who ended the day with 10 men after Hutton's late dismissal.
Three points, four goals, much merriment.
- Injury-enforced debuts for January signings Matt Miazga (first American to play for Chelsea) and Pato, who scored 20 minutes into his Chelsea career with a very well-taken penalty, which he also won. Miazga started due to Cahill picking up a knock in training; Pato came on after Rémy injured himself in a 50-50 challenge.
- Pato was the 20th different goalscorer for Chelsea this season (excluding own goals), first time in history that's happened.
- And a third debut, with young Jake Clarke-Salter coming on for the final quarter of an hour to play at left back (with Baba pushing up to the wing). JCS has been with Chelsea since the U9 level. Congrats to him!
- First Premier League goal for Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Our youngest PL goalscorer since Glen Johnson in 2004. RLC sure has efficiency of movement and an eye for a supporting run.
- Two second half goals for Pedro, giving him 7 on the season and a chance to reach double-digits for the 7th consecutive season.
- A long overdue clean sheet for Courtois and the beleaguered Chelsea defense.
- Chelsea remain unbeaten in the Premier League since sacking Mourinho (15 in a row now, longest in the PL this season), and move ahead, at least temporarily, of Liverpool in 9th. Three points behind Southampton in 7th. The Europa League dream lives on.
- That was fun. Even the Magic Hat song made an appearance!
- Next up: a trip to Swansea next weekend.