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Game #5659

Aston Villa

Saturday, 1 April 2023

Won

9th (+1)

Last 5: 🟩 🟩 🟨 🟩 🟩

Premier League

Attendance: 40,082

Chelsea

Stamford Bridge

Villa make it five unbeaten with four wins as Chelsea are the latest victims of the tactical management of Unai Emery.

Chelsea

0-2

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | Jacob Ramsey | 56' |

KEY MAN

Ollie Watkins, 100th start, 38th goal, fourth win in five.

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MATCH TIMELINE

Saturday, 1 April 2023

🟨 | 4’ Booking, Boubacar Kamara, Bad Foul
⚽ | 18’ Goal, 1-0, Ollie Watkins
🕒 | HT Chelsea 0-1 Aston Villa
🔁 | 46’ Sub off, Boubacar Kamara, Sub on, Calum Chambers
⚽ | 56’ Goal, 2-0, John McGinn, Assist by Jacob Ramsey
🔁 | 76’ Sub off, Emiliano Buendía, Sub on, Leon Bailey
🟨 | 84’ Booking, Calum Chambers, Bad Foul
🔁 | 87’ Sub off, Douglas Luiz, Sub on, Leander Dendoncker
🔁 | 89’ Sub off, Álex Moreno, Sub on, Lucas Digne
🟨 | 90’+3 Booking, Lucas Digne, Bad Foul
🕒 | FT Chelsea 0-2 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Ollie Watkins makes his 100th start for the club since joining in September 2020, scoring his 38th goal and hitting double figures for the third successive season.

Watkins also becomes the first Villa player to score in five successive away games in the Premier League (since 1992-93).

Meanwhile 18 year old goalkeeper James Wright makes his first ever squad appearance for Villa.

Emiliano Martínez takes the record for the goalkeeper keeping the most clean sheets in their first 100 Premier League games for Villa at 34. Creeping ahead of Mark Bosnich and Brad Friedel, 33.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
UEFA Cup / Europa League: ❌
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: ❌
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Chelsea

European Cup / Champions League: 🏆🏆
UEFA Cup / Europa League: 🏆🏆
UEFA Cup Winners Cup: 🏆🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 2020-21

FIXTURE HISTORY

Chelsea

Previous 5 vs. Chelsea: 🟩 🟥 🟨 🟥 🟥

FIXTURE DETAILS

Season | 2022-23 |
Matchday | #31 |
League Game | #28 |
Manager Game | #17 |
Saturday, 1 April 2023
Attendance | 40,082 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Unai Emery | 🇪🇸 | Hondarribia, 2022-
Referee: Andy Madley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Huddersfield, 2011-
Kick off: 5.30pm
Half Time Score: 🟩 1-0
Full Time Result: 🟩 Won
Full Time Score: 🟩 2-0
Last 5: 🟩 🟩 🟨 🟩 🟩

MANAGERIAL RECORD

Unai Emery | 🇪🇸 |

GAMES | WINS | DRAWS | LOSSES | POINTS PER GAME

🕒 17 | 🟩 | 9 🟨 | 2 🟥 6 | 1.71

Career Form:

Top 6

Unai Emery | 🇪🇸 |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Andy Madley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Huddersfield, 2011-
Previous 5: 🟩 🟥 🟥 🟨 🟥
Last Match: 🟥 20 Aug 22, Villa 1-3 Palace (a)
Incidents: 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨
Assistants: Harry Lennard, Steven Meredith.
Fourth official: Dean Whitestone.
VAR: Tony Harrington.
Assistant VAR: Gary Beswick.

Cards:

Villa

🟨 🟨 🟨

Chelsea

🟨 🟨 🟨

Andy Madley

TEAM NEWS

Boubacar Kamara makes a quick return to the first XI after injury whilst Ashley Young comes in for the injured Matty Cash. On the bench under-18s goalkeeper James Wright makes his first ever squad appearance.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 27.82 |
Bench Average Age: | 25.37 |
Squad Average Age: | 26.60 |
Subs Average Age: | 27.89 |
Oldest Starter: RB Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 37.75 |
Youngest Starter: M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 21.86 |
Oldest Squad Player: RB Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 37.75 |
Youngest Squad Player: GK James Wright | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 18.34 |
Oldest Substitute: LB Lucas Digne | 🇫🇷 | 29.72 |
Youngest Substitute: W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 | 25.66 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Unai Emery | 🇪🇸 |

Graham Potter | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

Aston Villa

GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 |
LB Álex Moreno | 🇪🇸 | 🔁 |
CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Boubacar Kamara | 🇫🇷 | 🟨 | 🔁 |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | ⚽ |
M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 | 🔁 |
M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔥 |
W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 | 🔁 |
CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |

Chelsea

GK Kepa Arrizabalaga | 🇪🇸 |
RB Reece James | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Kalidou Koulibaly | 🇸🇳 |
LB Ben Chilwell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
LB Marc Cucurella | 🇪🇸 | 🔁 |
M Ruben Loftus-Cheek | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
M Enzo Fernández | 🇦🇷 | 🟨 |
M Mateo Kovacic 🇭🇷 | 🟨 | 🔁 |
M Kai Havertz | 🇩🇪 |
W Mykhaylo Mudryk | 🇺🇦 | 🔁 |
F João Félix | 🇵🇹 |

SUBSTITUTES

🔁 | CB Calum Chambers | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 | for M Boubacar Kamara | 🇫🇷 | 46’ |
🔁 | W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 | for W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 | 76’ |
🔁 | M Leander Dendoncker | 🇧🇪 | for M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 | 87’ |
🔁 | LB Lucas Digne | 🇫🇷 | 🟨 | for LB Álex Moreno | 🇪🇸 | 89’ |

SUBSTITUTES

🔁 | M N’Golo Kanté | 🇫🇷 | for W Mykhaylo Mudryk | 🇺🇦 | 57’ |
🔁 | W Noni Madueke | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for M Ruben Loftus-Cheek | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 57’ |
🔁 | W Christian Pulisic | 🇺🇸 | for LB Marc Cucurella | 🇪🇸 | 80’ |
🔁 | M Conor Gallagher | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | for M Mateo Kovacic 🇭🇷 | 80’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Viljami Sinisalo | 🇫🇮 |
GK James Wright | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Diego Carlos | 🇧🇷 |
W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 |
CF Jhon Durán | 🇨🇴 |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Marcus Bettinelli | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Benoît Badiashile | 🇫🇷 |
CB Trevoh Chalobah | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Mason Mount | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Carney Chukwuemeka (ex) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: £142.77m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 6/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: £69.30m
Team Cost: £212.07m
Squad Cost: £271.18m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 8/20
Homegrown: 3/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 | £19.58m |
GK James Wright | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |
GK Viljami Sinisalo | 🇫🇮 | Free |

LB Lucas Digne | 🇫🇷 | £27.00m |
LB Álex Moreno | 🇪🇸 | £12.00m |
RB Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |

CB Diego Carlos | 🇧🇷 | £27.90m |
CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £20.60m |
CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £11.97m |
CB Calum Chambers | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |

M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 | £15.12m |
M Leander Dendoncker | 🇧🇪 | £13.50m |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | £2.79m |
M Boubacar Kamara | 🇫🇷 | Free |
M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |

W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 | £34.56m |
W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 | £28.80m |
W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 | £16.56m |

CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £27.72m |
CF Jhon Durán | 🇨🇴 | £14.65m |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: £489.27m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 3/11
Homegrown: 2/11
Subs Cost: £120.82m
Team Cost: £610.09m
Squad Cost: £659.79m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 🇬🇧 : 9/20
Homegrown: 5/20

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Kepa Arrizabalaga | 🇪🇸 | £72.00m |
GK Marcus Bettinelli | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Free |

LB Marc Cucurella | 🇪🇸 | £58.77m |
LB Ben Chilwell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £44.00m |
RB Reece James | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |

CB Benoît Badiashile | 🇫🇷 | £33.50m |
CB Kalidou Koulibaly | 🇸🇳 | £33.50m |
CB Trevoh Chalobah | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |

M Enzo Fernández | 🇦🇷 | £106.50m |
M Kai Havertz | 🇩🇪 | £72.00m |
M Mateo Kovacic 🇭🇷 | £40.50m |
M N’Golo Kanté | 🇫🇷 | £32.22m |
M Carney Chukwuemeka (ex) | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £16.20m |
M Ruben Loftus-Cheek | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |
M Conor Gallagher | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |
M Mason Mount | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Youth |

W Mykhaylo Mudryk | 🇺🇦 | £62.00m |
W Christian Pulisic | 🇺🇸 | £57.60m |
W Noni Madueke | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £31.00m |

F João Félix | 🇵🇹 | Loan |

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 3 |
GK Jed Steer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Achilles
M Philippe Coutinho | 🇧🇷 | Muscle
RB Matty Cash | 🇵🇱 | Calf

Unregistered | 1 |
CB Kortney Hause | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

Out On Loan | 12 |
M Finn Azaz | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Plymouth
CF Wesley | 🇧🇷 | Levante
W Jaden Philogene-Bidace | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Cardiff
CF Keinan Davis | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Watford
FB Ben Chrisene | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Kilmarnock
M Tim Iroegbunam | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | QPR
CF Cameron Archer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Middlesbrough
M Morgan Sanson | 🇫🇷 | Strasbourg
CF Louie Barry | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Salford City
M Aaron Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Middlesbrough
M Marvelous Nakamba | 🇿🇼 | Luton Town
CB Lamare Bogarde | 🇳🇱 | Bristol Rovers

Not Selected | 1 |

GK Robin Olsen | 🇸🇪 |

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Positions:

GK : Goalkeeper
CB, D, B : Centre Back, Defender, Back
FB, LB, RB, WH : Full Back, Left Back, Right Back, Wing Back, Wing Half


M, CH, LH, RH : Midfielder, Centre Half, Left Half, Right Half
W, OL, OR : Winger, Outside Left, Outside Right
F, IF, IL, IR : Forward, Inside Forward, Inside Left, Inside Right, Second Striker, False 9
CF : Centre Forward

Match Symbols:

⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution

🟨 | Booking

🟥 | Sending off

🆘 | Poor refereeing performance
🟢 : Debut 🔴 : Final Game

DEBUT APPEARANCES

🟢 GK James Wright | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | First Squad Appearance

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 31%
Possession A | 69%
Shots F | 5
Shots A | 27
Shots on Target F | 2
Shots on Target A | 8
Corners F | 2
Corners A | 13
Fouls F | 16
Fouls A | 14

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

“We are in the same position, still 11th, but really close with the same points as Chelsea and close to the other teams who are having very good seasons, like Fulham, Brentford and Brighton. We are very excited about the possibility to be close to them.

“After our three defeats against Leicester, Manchester City and Arsenal, the reaction was amazing. In the past four matches, we spoke about the possibility to get ready to be in the top 10 or to continue struggling and be at the bottom.

“When I arrived here, we were struggling at the bottom of the table. The reaction from the players, the club, the supporters and the coaches was amazing. We are now clear of the bottom positions and now we can think that our new challenge is to be in the top 10. We have this opportunity, starting this Saturday.”

Unai Emery, pre-match.



“It’s not easy to come here. We prepared for the match thinking we might struggle, which we did at times in the first half.

“We started very well the first 20 minutes, and then after our goal the defence and the goalkeeper were very important.

“At half time we discussed that sometimes you have to struggle before you can score, to be mentally clever to know that sometimes that is the way you win. We spoke about how we could better and manage their attacks, which I think we managed to do well in the second half.

“On the pitch and in the dressing room [John McGinn] is a very important player. Every day he is smiling, he works hard, he is competitive. His commitment is amazing. He understands everything we ask of him tactically, and he deserves the performances he is producing.

“His performances are very good. His commitment every day with his teammates practicing. In the dressing room he’s smiling. He likes training, he likes playing. He’s very, very intelligent, playing, and I can use him in different positions.

“It was amazing as well his power and mentality. We are very happy with him because, while we are here trying to get to know the players, I think it’s not a surprise because I knew before he was a very good player but now I feel it here.

“There were some doubts about him before I arrived but now there’s no doubt about him because his performances are great not only on the pitch but also in the dressing room. He’s helping us so much!

“It will be very, very difficult to challenge for Europe. Our objective is to be in the top 10, which we currently are. But from Tuesday onwards, we need to make sure we stay there.

“We are happy but I think in the balance as well with this three points we are thinking we are now in the top 10.

“But we play on Tuesday as well so we cannot stop, we have to keep going and be competitive like today.

“We won and we were speaking how we have to be competitive and clever in the mind, we need to be offensively good and defensively good and brilliant like we were today.

“In the second half, defensively the control was better than the first half. We scored the second goal and we tried to be the same; to understand defensively.

“We put Calum Chambers as a right-back and to try and defend one-on-one outside with Chilwell. I think it was key in the second half and we stopped them better.

“We are in the top 10, now we have to keep it. We have to play on Tuesday but first we rest and analyse this game. Then we have to be competitive against Leicester and not stop in our ambition.

“It was amazing today defensively, the commitment from every player was amazing.

“We have to understand sometimes to play good we have to be brilliant defensively. I think we are improving, we are as well being consistent and competitive away.

“Everybody is in good commitment to work.

“Confidence is the consequence of practicing and practicing with yourself. The only way I know is to practice, be demanding and think 100% football.

“[To qualify for Europe is] very difficult. But if we keep winning points then maybe we can keep adding a new objective. Hopefully yes.”

“It was amazing today defensively, the commitment from every player was amazing. We have to understand sometimes to play good we have to be brilliant defensively. I think we are improving, we are as well being consistent and competitive away. Everybody is in good commitment to work.

Unai Emery.


“Proud of this Villa team, proud of the whole Villa family.

“But no time to relax, really focussed on Tuesday’s match. We don’t stop. We want more.

“We showed our winning mentality and I told the players to win the match today against Chelsea, away, you have to struggle and show strong mentality; to defend together when the opponent is pushing us. To be competitive like we were today is the way I want.”

Unai Emery.


“We do a load of work in training to get goals on the transitions. Ollie [Watkins] is on fire at the moment, so a great goal to get us going.

“Everyone was flinging their bodies on the line. This league’s difficult so to go on a run like we’ve done, and to stay so humble, to a man we were first class today.

“It’s been a long time coming I was just fortunate the shot didn’t get blocked. Just an amazing feeling it went in. After the Scotland win it’s been an amazing week.

“I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve tried to lace it and it’s been blocked. So I side-footed and it went in. I’m delighted and hopefully it will start a run.

“The start of the season was for me was extremely difficult. The manager, Steven Gerrard, was first class with me, he had a lot of trust in me but I didn’t really repay that. My performances were below par.

“I’m glad to know that I’m not the problem after all.

“I spent some time on the bench and put my head down and worked hard. I got my chance to come back in and hopefully I can keep doing that and keep my form up.”

John McGinn.



“I think we’re compact and solid and definitely hard to break down.

”I didn’t actually know that until Emi Buendia told me before the game [becoming the first Villa player to score in five consecutive Premier League away games} . I had no idea what he was on about.

“Obviously I’m delighted, I’m happy that I’m scoring and it’s helping the team to win. All round a good day.

“Each game I’m thinking about how I can help the team by scoring goals and creating chances for my team-mates. Every game I’m trying to be the best I can be.

“I think you saw we stole the ball a few times on the transition. We probably should have buried the game in the first half I think.

“I think we deserve that win so credit for the boys.

“On Tuesday we’ve got Leicester, a good team who are not playing well at the moment. But this is the Premier League, everyone can beat everyone.”

“We kept seeing it [the chance to break] on the transition. And a mistake between the two centre-backs and Douglas Luiz found me. I saw Kepa off his line… I did that a few times in training this week actually so it’s lucky it came into practice.

“We have to take things game by game. We have another quick turnaround, and play Leicester on Tuesday. We need to go and win that. We just need to keep winning games and see where that puts us [in the table].”

Ollie Watkins.

*BBC Sport*
Saturday, 1 April 2023

**Aston Villa manager Unai Emery masterminded another victory away from home with a composed display against Chelsea to increase pressure on Blues boss Graham Potter.**

Ollie Watkins opened the scoring from a Marc Cucurella blunder at Stamford Bridge, latching on to the Chelsea defender’s backwards header to lob home, before John McGinn’s second-half rocket put the game out of reach for the home side.

It was a familiar tale for Chelsea, who squandered chance after chance as Villa exploited their weakness on the counter-attack.

It is the Villans fifth win on the road since Emery took over in October and means they have now picked up 16 points away from home, a tally equalled only by Manchester City in that time.

All 10 of Chelsea’s victories this season have come against bottom-half opposition but this loss means they drop into 11th themselves while Villa move up to ninth, one point off Liverpool in eighth.

Villa continue brilliant run

Villa’s record of 26 points in 14 games under Emery is bettered only by the Premier League’s top three - Arsenal and the two Manchester clubs.

Based on this performance, it is easy to see why.

Villa were happy to sit back and allow Chelsea to dominate in the attack, creating little themselves but benefiting from the home side’s poor finishing.

McGinn had hammered a powerful strike off the bar moments before Watkins’ opener but fired a 25-yard shot into the net in the 56th minute while Watkins’ goal was his fifth in as many consecutive away matches.

Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, making his 100th Aston Villa appearance, made a superb save with his feet to deny Joao Felix in the latter stages - as Emery’s genius engineered an important away win.

Emery outlined his side’s European ambitions after their 3-0 win over Bournemouth last time out - and with this victory, Villa’s hopes of qualification are growing.

Chelsea take step backwards

Chelsea were 12 places above Villa when the reverse fixture was played on 16 October, but they were separated only by goal difference coming into this game.

While their two wins in three matches before the international break had eased some pressure on Potter, this loss puts him firmly back in the spotlight.

His side were victims of their own downfall for the opener as Cucurella’s error, which could have been avoided had he left the ball for Kalidou Koulibaly to clear, allowed Watkins to chip goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, and they were vulnerable to the break throughout.

Trailing by one, they went on to pepper Villa’s goal with chances as Kai Havertz and Felix saw efforts well saved. Then Ben Chilwell headed home a perfectly weighted Enzo Fernandez pass but was deemed to have pushed Ashley Young in the back as he leapt and the goal was disallowed.

Chelsea’s best chance came to Mykhaylo Mudryk - signed in January in an £89m deal - when he collected the ball just inside the area and was one-on-one with the goalkeeper but his tame effort barely tested Martinez.

The Ukraine winger is yet to find the net in eight Chelsea appearances - and the sense that Potter is missing a clinical scorer remains. Here, they drew a blank despite 27 efforts at goal.

Their lack of potency persisted in the second half as N’Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic also missed chances and fans made their disappointment known as boos rang around Stamford Bridge at full-time.