Tammy Abraham leads Chelsea to 2-1 victory over Aston Villa
LONDON: Tammy Abraham He scored one goal and set another on his return from an injury when Chelsea beat Aston Villa 2-1 on Wednesday to put his Premier league campaign back on track after two consecutive losses.
Abraham headed home from close range for his 11th goal of the season in the 24th minute after a high cross on right back Reece James, another of the local Chelsea players who have flourished under coach Frank Lampard.
Villa matched with his first real opportunity in the 41st minute when the Egyptian Trezeguet led a center from his compatriot Ahmed El Mohamady to his own foot and the ball crossed the line.
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Chelsea regained leadership in style three minutes into the second half when Abraham, who played for Villa last season on loan, crossed a Willian center to invite fellow graduate of Mason Mount Academy to fly home.
Abraham, 22, lost the defeat at Chelsea's house 1-0 against West Ham United due to an injury and Lampard praised the striker whose form earned him a call for England.
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He's showing his full game, stretching the defenses, starts our press, said Lampard. It is a personality that has grown in our costumes every day with their enthusiasm and willingness to win, and, of course, with players with such a good run, when they leave the team you can miss them.
Chelsea went in search of a third goal and Willian was closer to getting it when the Brazilian's free kick was hit on a post by Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton. Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga denied Ezri Konsa Ngoyo a late draw.
The result left Chelsea in fourth place, six points above the fifth ranked Wolverhampton Wanderers. Aston Villa is 15th and only one point away from the relegation area.
Villa coach Dean Smith said his team was second best than Chelsea and started both halves in the back foot unlike his previous game when they fought for a 2-2 draw at Manchester United.
I feel we can be as good as teams like Chelsea. We have to be more consistent in our game to do it, he said. Tonight we weren't as consistent as Sunday against Manchester United.
Former Chelsea captain John Terry, now assistant head coach of Villa, took the field after the game to applaud local fans. The former England captain played 717 times for Chelsea.