Chelsea beat Aston Villa
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was full of praise for his young forward Tammy Abraham as his team returned to winning ways against Aston Villa on Wednesday night.
The Blues went into the game as favourites with sports betting companies, and it was Abraham, who spent last season on loan at Villa, who proved to be the main influence, scoring the first goal and playing a crucial role in the second on his comeback from injury to help Chelsea secure a 2-1 win that cements their place in the top four of the Premier League
The young England international was missing for Chelsea’s recent defeat against West Ham, but he grabbed the opening goal in this game, heading home powerfully from a cross by Reece James, though his celebrations were notably muted.
Villa, who were second best for much of the game, scored an equaliser when Trézéguet was able to bundle the ball over the line via his head and his knee, but Chelsea restored their advantage early in the second half as Abraham controlled a cross by Willian that enabled Mason Mount to fire in an emphatic volley from just inside the Villa penalty area.
Speaking about his young striker, Lampard said that Abraham’s return to the starting line-up had made a big difference to the team offensively:
“He is a striker that’s near the top of the goalscoring charts in the league, he’s showing his all-round game, stretches defences and he starts our press.”
Lampard added that if a player is on such a good run, then it is normal that they can be missed if they go out of the team, and Abraham came straight back in as he left off.
As the game wore on, Chelsea had the better of the possession and created a number of opportunities, including two chances for Abraham to score again, while Willian, who also had a good game, took a superb free kick that was pushed onto the post by goalkeeper Tom Heaton.
Ultimately though, the victory was not in doubt, and it means that Chelsea have ended a mini streak of two defeats, with a result that takes them six points clear of Wolves in fifth, and closes the gap on Manchester City, who are currently third, to only three points.
Villa are just one point clear of the relegation zone, in 15th, level on points with Brighton & Hove Albion and Southampton.
Words: Man Ngo