Game #5356 

Season | 2015-16 |

Matchday | #11 |
League Game | #9 |
Premier League Match-week | #9 |  
Manager Game | #27 |
Saturday, 17 October 2015
Premier League | Away | Chelsea | Stamford Bridge | 41,596 | 

Game Summary

Manager | Tim Sherwood | 

KO | 15.00 |
Referee | Roger East | 

HT Score | 0-1 |
FT Score | 0-2 |

FT Result | Lost |

Last 5 Games | LWLLL | 

League Position | 19th | -1 |

Line Up |

GK Brad Guzan |
LB Kieran Richardson |
BOOKED | 62' | SUB OFF | 64' |
RB Alan Hutton |
CB Micah Richards |
CB Joleon Lescott |
M Idrissa Gueye | 
M Ashley Westwood |
M Jack Grealish |
BOOKED | 85' |
W Carles Gil |
F Rudy Gestede |
F Jordan Ayew |
BOOKED | 49' | SUB OFF | 68' | 

Substitutes |

LB Jordan Amavi for LB Kieran Richardson | 64’ | 
W Adama Traoré for F Jordan Ayew | 68’ | 

 

Unused Substitutes |

GK Mark Bunn
M Leandro Bacuna
W Scott Sinclair
M Carlos Sánchez 
FB José Ángel Crespo

Cards |

 Yellow | Jordan Ayew | 49’ |

 Yellow | Kieran Richardson | 62’ |

 Yellow | Jack Grealish | 85’ | 

Team Stats |

Starting XI Average Age | 27.22 | 

Oldest Player | CB Joleon Lescott | 33.19 |

Youngest Player | M Jack Grealish | 20.12 |

Unavailable | 

Injury |

CB Jores Okore |

F Gabriel Agbonlahor |

CB Ciaran Clark |

W Adama Traoré | 

Loaned Out |

RB Aly Cissokho | Porto | 5 August 2015 - 1 January 2016 | 

F Callum Robinson | Bristol City | 7 August 2015 - 3 January 2016 | 

LB Joe Bennett | AFC Bournemouth | 1 September 2015 - 2 January 2016 | 

CB Nathan Baker | Bristol City | 1 September 2015 - 30 June 2016 | 

GK Jed Steer | Huddersfield Town | 11 September 2015 - 31 May 2016 | 

D Janoi Donacien | Newport County | 24 September 2015 - 30 June 2016 | 

Match Stats |

Possession F | 51
Possession A | 49
Shots F | 10
Shots A | 9
Shots on Target F | 1
Shots on Target A | 3
Corners F | 4
Corners A | 4
Fouls F | 17
Fouls A | 22

Match Report

BBC Sport

Saturday, 17 October 2015

The returning Diego Costa played a key role as Chelsea earned a much-needed win over struggling Aston Villa.*
 

The striker tapped in Willian’s pass midway through the first half after defender Joleon Lescott’s mis-control gifted the ball to the home side.
 

It was a welcome break for the Blues, who doubled their lead when Villa’s Alan Hutton deflected in Costa’s shot.
Chelsea, 16th in the table at the start of the day, were not at their best - but Villa offered little.

 

What contributions Tim Sherwood’s side did make to the game were all in Chelsea’s favour as they repeatedly gave the ball away and were punished accordingly.
 

They remain in 18th place and without a win in their past eight matches.
 

Chelsea’s second home win of the season moves them up to 11th in the table, five points behind fourth place.
 

Chelsea’s desire was epitomised in one incident, 20 minutes from time when a group of Blues defenders flung themselves at the feet of Lescott to prevent him poking the ball in from close range to give Villa a foothold back in the game.
 

Villans in need of some heroes
Sherwood only took over at Villa in February, after which he saved them from relegation and led them to the FA Cup final - achievements that should earn him time in his job.

 

They started reasonably well at Stamford Bridge, keeping Chelsea at bay with a packed midfield and occasionally breaking with purpose, albeit with no end product.
 

Jack Grealish was lively for 20 minutes on his return to the side and Rudy Gestede proved a physical challenge for Blues captain John Terry on the few occasions the ball came near him.
 

But Sherwood - and his bosses - should be concerned by the mistakes that regularly gifted Chelsea possession and ultimately the win, as well as the way the players meekly accepted a fifth straight defeat once Costa’s low shot had found the net off Hutton’s boot.


We won’t shrink into corners and cry’

 

Aston Villa boss Sherwood said: "We played on the front foot here at the Bridge, we matched them initially. We believe we'll stay in this division, though it's clear for everyone to see that we're a side in transition.
 

"I will stand at the front and take the brunt of it. I don't want my players shrinking and running into the corners and crying - that's what's expected of me, and I won't do that.
 

"I didn't hear my supporters shouting for me to leave. I'll keep swinging, even if I'm backed into a corner."