Meanwhile, Aston Villa are 16th in the league with nine points from nine games,
sitting two points above the relegation zone. Steven Gerrard’s side are unbeaten in their last four league outings but have only won one of them. Last weekend the former Liverpool midfielder’s Villa drew 1-1 at Nottingham Forest,
coming from behind to earn a point. Depending on how other results play out in the league today,
Villa could climb as high as 10th with a victory here,
but it will be no mean feat given Chelsea’s promising form.
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Mason Mount scored his first goals of the season as Chelsea beat Aston Villa 2-0
at Villa Park to leave Steven Gerrard on the brink of losing his job. The Blues midfielder scored in either half to hand Graham Potter his fifth straight win and continue his unbeaten record,
but things look bleaker for Gerrard after another game without a win.helsea: Five things learned as Mason Mount puts Gerrard on brink of sack
Mason Mount’s double was enough for Chelsea to beat Aston Villa and heap the pressure on Steven Gerrard.
Mason Mount scored his first goals of the season as Chelsea beat Aston Villa 2-0 at Villa Park to leave Steven Gerrard on the brink of losing his job. The Blues midfielder scored in either half to hand Graham Potter his fifth straight win and continue his unbeaten record,
but things look bleaker for Gerrard after another game without a win.
Mount opened the scoring following a horrendous error
from Tyrone Mings that gifted the midfielder the chance to strike home after just six minutes. Villa responded well as Leon Bailey hit the top of the upright with a header before a string of saves from Kepa Arrizabalaga kept Chelsea’s lead intact. Raheem Sterling then went close as he too hit the crossbar before half-time.
But despite struggling to assert their dominance in the game,
Mount added his second with a free-kick that Emiliano Martinez
should have kept out to dash Villa’s hopes of an equaliser and condemn the hosts to a seventh defeat in 10 games this season.
Marvellous Mount back on song
“It’s one of those finishes that Mason Mount makes look incredibly easy,”
Alan Smith remarked as Mount handed Chelsea an early lead. It might have been a gift, but it was anything but easy for a player who had gone nine games this season without a goal.
Tyrone Mings will feel responsible for his part in gifting Chelsea
the lead after just six minutes when he misjudged his headed clearance and Mount volleyed home with aplomb. It was the type of finish a player would produce on a run of scoring nine games in a row,
not nine games without.
Mount appears to have a new lease of life. The shackles have been taken off and. the 23-year-old is thriving in a central No 8 role,
taking on the role as the link man between midfield and the front three. Potter has quickly recognised his value as a box-to-box attacking midfielder and he repaid his faith with a fine strike for the free-kick to finally end his barren run in front of goal.
Mason Mount and Kepa Arrizabalaga were Chelsea’s heroes as they survived a scare at Aston Villa to maintain Graham Potter’s unbeaten start.
Mount bagged a brace – in front of watching England boss Gareth Southgate – to seal a battling 2-0 win at Villa Park.
But they needed Kepa to produce two stunning first-half stops to deny Jacob Ramsey and Danny Ings with Chelsea on the ropes.
The Blues have now won their last five in all competitions – keeping four clean sheets – and cemented fourth spot in the Premier League.
Defeat was harsh on an improved Villa,
who rattled Chelsea,
but they slipped closer to the drop zone.
Boss Steven Gerrard joined with Villa 16th and two points above the relegation zone,
they now sit 16th and just a point above the bottom three almost 12 months into his reign.