Might be disappointed he didn't prevent Heskey's goal but had no chance with Young's penalty as it was smashed home, or Clark's late leveller.
A baptism of fire for the 19-year-old who struggled against the brute force of Heskey, losing out to the big man for Villa's second goal.
Captain calm and will have Blues fans counting their blessing he is back. Shame the same can't be said of the rest of the defence. Side footed home what looked like a late winner. Booked.
Not given a great deal to do by Agbonlahor, the right-back found himself covering in the centre as the inexperienced Bruma was given the run around by Heskey. Taken off for Bosingwa shortly into the second period.
Beaten by Downing for the second goal and will be disappointed to have given the Villa man so much space during the match. Struggling with form at the moment.
Surprisingly one of Chelsea's better players, the Brazilian is growing in confidence and kept things simple in the middle of the park. Unlucky not to score, dragging shot wide. Booked.
Was lucky to win a penalty and started brightly, but faded as the game wore on.
Took his penalty with the poise seen 100 times before but found other chances limited by a stoic Villa midfield. Invited to shoot from distance a couple of times but had his range well off. Unlucky not to score with a second half volley, as he was denied by an excellent Friedel save.
Offered nothing because being replaced late on by Sturridge. Didn't seem motivated.
Was on a different page to the rest of his team-mates with more lazy passing, but worked hard for his chances. Netted a late equaliser to make it 2-2, before Terry and Clark added late drama.
No chance with Lampard's first-half penalty and was booked for remonstrating with Mason's decision. An excellent point blank save to deny the England midfielder was his highlight of the match.
Has made the right-back spot his own and looked confident against Malouda and Cole, even managing to get forward to support Downing on occasions.
Slotted in at left-back and was far from overawed at the occasions, nipping in to frustrate Anelka on more than one occasion. Managed to get forward and should have nodded in Young's corner but scored late leveller from Albrighton's cross to earn a point for his side. Booked.
Rather harshly adjudged to have fouled Malouda for the opening goal, the Villa centre-back had an otherwise straight forward game and was rarely beaten in the air.
Probably should have scored when he volleyed over towards the end of the first half, the reinstated Villa centre-back looked a tad rusty as he tried to prove to Houllier he was worthy of a regular spot.
Deployed on the right of midfield the winger tried his best to cut inside and use that cultured left peg to cause damage. Found Cech's gloves a few times and produced a beautiful cross for Heskey's header.
Perhaps lucky to stay on the pitch after a scything challenge on Malouda but was his tenacious self for the rest of the game. Booked, unsurprisingly.
Generous in possession..to Chelsea. The Bulgarian gave the ball away far too many times for his liking and found himself mostly chasing Lampard-shaped shadows. Booked.
The villain of the piece and scorer of Villa's opener to make the game 1-1. The winger drew more boos than an enthusiastic bartender but was by far Villa's most dangerous player.
Villa's main outlet up front and a hard-working display from the much maligned striker. Fully deserved his goal.
Asked to play out wide on the left, the forward looked lost for most of the game and was reduced to running into blind alleys. Booked.
- 22 R. Turnbull
- 38 P. van Aanholt
Brought on for Ferreira early in the second half and was impressive going forward.
- J. Mellis
- 46 J. McEachran
Replaced Anelka late on.
Caused havoc once he came on and was involved in Chelsea's equaliser. An attacking change that worked wonders for the Blues.