Aston Villa 1-2 Chelsea player ratings as Olivier Giroud scores vital winner

Chelsea came from behind to keep their Premier League top four bid on track against Aston Villa.

The Blues dominated the first-half but could not find a breakthrough only for the hosts to take the lead against the run of play via Kortney Hause just before half-time.

But Frank Lampard introduced Christian Pulisic and the American winger fired them level on the hour mark.

Just two minutes later, the tables were turned as Olivier Giroud slammed home what proved to be the winner.

The result moves Chelsea five points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United whilst Villa remain in the relegation zone.

Here’s how the players from both teams rated behind closed doors at Villa Park.

Oliver Giroud fired in the winner as Chelsea came from behind
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Aston Villa (4-3-3)

Nyland 6; Konsa 6, Hause 7, MINGS 7, Targett 6; McGinn 6(Jota 87), Luiz 6, Hourihane 6(Nakamba 68, 5), Grealish 6; El Ghazi 6(Trezeguet 68, 5), Davis 5(Samatta 57, 6). Subs: Reina, Taylor, Baston, Samatta, Elmohamady, Vassilev.

Up next: Newcastle(a), Premier League, Wednesday.

Kortney Hause had bundled in Aston Villa’s opener against the run of play
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Chelsea (4-1-4-1)

Arrizabalaga 7; Azpilicueta 8, Rudiger 7, Christensen 7, Alonso 7; Kante 8; Loftus-Cheek 6 (Barkley 56, 6), Kovacic 6(Pulisic 56, 7); WILLIAN 9 (James 90), Mount 8; Giroud 8 (Abraham 80). Subs: Caballero, Pedro, Zouma, Emerson, Gilmour.

Up next: Man City (h), Premier League, Thursday.

Christian Pulisic equalised with the first of a quick-fire Blues double
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Referee: Paul Tierney 7

Man of the match – WILLIAN – ran the show

Worst performer – KEINAN DAVIS – starved out of game

Match rating – 3