Mason Mount delivered the goals and Kepa Arrizabalaga turned in a wonderful performance to seal a 2-0 win for Chelsea at Aston Villa.
Mason Mount’s double and a Kepa Arrizabalaga masterclass saw Chelsea beat Aston Villa 2-0 to extend their unbeaten run under Graham Potter.
Mount scored in each half of Sunday’s Premier League clash at Villa Park, yet Chelsea were fortunate to maintain their advantage in the interim thanks to a dynamite performance from their goalkeeper.
Kepa produced a number of superb saves before half-time, highlighting his header from Danny Ings’ close-range header.
Steven Gerrard, meanwhile, will lament the mistakes of Tyrone Mings and Kepa’s counterpart Emiliano Martinez, even as pressure mounts on the Villa boss.
Mings made a mess to give Mount the chance to open the scoring six minutes in, with the playmaker calmly slotting past Martinez, but Chelsea had their backs to the wall for most of the first half.
Leon Bailey’s header hit the crossbar and Kepa came to Chelsea’s rescue with a superb double save, keeping out John McGinn’s strike before tipping Jacob Ramsey’s follow-up pass onto the post.
In that rush, Ings hit another rebound against the upright from an offside position and 10 minutes later Kepa thwarted him – the Spaniard acrobatically turned over the attacker’s header.
Raheem Sterling hit the post at the other end before the break, but any hope Villa had was extinguished when Mount’s long free-kick, conceded by Mings, fell past Martinez, who should have done much better.
A miserable day for Mings ended with a calf injury, although he fought on at full-time, which was greeted with jeers from the Villa fans who had not yet left.