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Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa: Costa adds to Sherwood gloom

  • Villa giveaway gives Costa first
  • Deflection nets Chelsea its second
  • Blues up to 11th with 11 points
  • Villa stays mired in 18th

Ugly and gifted goals cost just as much as pretty and industrious tallies, and Diego Costa scored a brace of the former variety in a 2-0 Chelsea win at embattled Aston Villa on Saturday.

The loss will only keep the pressure on Villa boss Tim Sherwood, whose club is mired in the relegation zone, while Chelsea rises to within shouting distance of the Top Four.

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said he’d give young players a chance in the wake of early season struggles, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek looked lively early for the home side.

Youngster Ruben Loftus-Cheek was lively for Chelsea, but it took a horrific gaffe from Villa for the Blues to break through.

Brad Guzan‘s off pass was mishandled about 40 yards from goal by Joleon Lescott, and Willian picked the defender’s pocket to dance into the box and send across for Diego Costa to slot home.

Then Costa took a horribly-angled shot that deflected into the goal, doubling Chelsea’s advantage in the second half.

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