Might be disappointed he didn't get anything on Heskey's goal but had no chance with Young's penalty as it was smashed home. Confident and solid in the air.
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 defense. 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 center 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 all game. 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, only an excellent Friedel save the reason.
Offered nothing, didn't seem like he cared about that.
Was on a different page to the rest of his team-mate with more lazy passing, but worked hard for his chances. Netted a late equalizer with a well-taken low drive.
No chance with Lampard's first-half penalty and was booked for remonstrating with Mason's decision. An excellent point blank save from Lampard his highlight of the match.
Has made right-back 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 did head home Albrighton's late cross. Booked.
Rather harshly adjudged to have fouls Malouda for the opening goal the Villa center-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 center-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 equalizer, 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, who deserved his goal when it arrived.
Asked to play out wide on the left, the little man 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 into the second half and was impressive going forward.
- J. Mellis
- 46 J. McEachran
A late change for Anelka.
Caused havoc once he came on and was involved in Chelsea's equalizer. An attacking change that worked wonders for the Blues.