Chelsea are through to the FA Cup fifth round after beating Aston Villa at Villa Park. Goals early on from Conor Gallagher and Nicolas Jackson have lifted a bit of pressure from Mauricio Pochettino's shoulders, for the time being at the very least.
Gallagher slotted the ball into the top corner on 11 minutes after some fine work down the left-hand side by the Blues. Just 10 minutes later, Chelsea had two, with Jackson heading in, with the ball this time being worked from the right.
It was then time for a simply stunning free-kick from Enzo Fernandez. Early into the second-half, the Argentine hit a peach into the top corner, leaving his compatriot Emiliano Martinez with no chance.
Moussa Diaby grabbed one back in stoppage time but it was too late for Villa to mount any sort of comeback. Here is how Bobby Vincent rated the Chelsea players.
Djordje Petrovic – He didn't have too much to do. Nothing too difficult, anyway, which I'm sure he will be delighted with after the two games before that. Don't think he could do anything about the goal, to be honest. 6.
Malo Gusto – Did superbly well on nine minutes to block Alex Moreno's chance for a cross. And then what a cross from Gusto to set Jackson up on 21 minutes. Overall, he was one of the best players on the pitch. 9.
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Axel Disasi – A lot better than recently. He didn't have Thiago Silva next to him but he seemed to relish the opportunity, making a good block from a McGinn shot. 7.
Benoit Badiashile – Looked a bit shaky at times but overall he played really well. 7.
Ben Chilwell – Much better than the lastRead on football.london