The Irishman could do nothing about any of the goals. He saved from Fernando Torres and friends on a number of occasions, one in particular a brilliant stop to deny the Spaniard.
Got a goal on his first start for the club and also made the other, a day to be proud of despite the result.
Did well to get himself up and down the left when Chelsea were dominant, flew into tackles and showed passion throughout the game.
Stopped a certain goal with a block on the line but again was part of a defence that looked like leaking whenever the hosts attacked.
Got his team back in the game with a good header from a long throw, but unfortunately couldn't stop Chelsea's attack.
Broke up play well in midfield at times in what was a tough game for the central midfielder with Chelsea having the much larger share of possession.
Hard day at the office for the Villa man, lacked flair in the first half but did help is team nearly pull it back in the second.
Worked hard but was ultimately outclassed by the visitors midfield.
A quiet game but in reality didn't have many chances to impress as ball was hard to come by.
The forward was arguably Aston Villa's best player. He went close to equalising soon after the Chelsea goal, but found the side netting. Credit to the striker for chasing any loose balls, used his pace well against David Luiz, who came off just before the break.
Worked hard up-front and chased down lost causes but failed to pose a real threat to the Chelsea back-four.
Solid performance from the Chelsea keeper, made one brilliant stop from Gabriel Agbonlahor and dealt with high balls under pressure very well. No chance with the Villa goals.
The full-back made a decent return from injury and managed to get himself on the score-sheet twice in the process, even if it was a case of him being in the right place at the right time, both times. Still, was the match-winner in the end.
Quiet game compared to the full-back's usual, although he did get into a good position once in the first-half only to be denied a shot by a last ditch tackle from Barry Bannan.
Composed on the ball but looked in danger when the ball was played over the top for the pacey Gabriel Agbonlahor to chase on to. Replaced just before the break with an ankle knock.
A normal day at the office for the England man, plenty of headed clearances and didn't put a foot wrong. However it was a different story after the break with Villa nearly coming away with a point.
J. Obi Mikel
Easy game for the Nigerian, who tended to sit-back in the middle of the park while team-mates bombed forward.
Had little impact in the first-half, with Mata the preferred option most of the time, was replaced not long after the break.
The Spaniard is very much a class act, he showed several excellent touches to tease the opposition as well as having a hand in both goals. Happy to run all day long to receive the ball and managed to hurt Villa with it.
Ran the midfield for Chelsea, but in truth he did so against a below par Villa outfit. Roberto Di Matteo would have probably liked to seen more bursting runs from the midfielder in game that he must have thought he could have scored in.
Looked very sharp up top and produced some moments of brilliance as well as dangerous runs in behind the Villa back-four. Was involved in Chelsea's opener and the winner. Should have scored very early on but was denied by Given. Scored the winner after Villa's fightback as well, the Spanish forward is most certainly back.
The forward remains slightly wasteful with his final ball, however there was some good direct running from the Englishmen.
- 22 R. Turnbull
Came on for the injured David Luiz just before half-time and was warmly received by one of his former clubs. However it went downhill from there with the defence he became part of conceding two goals in the second period.
- 34 R. Bertrand
- 17 José Bosingwa
Thrown on in the second period but gave little threat on the wing.
Second-half substitute, did little going forward and was part of the second-half Chelsea side which allowed Villa back into the game.