Alexandre Pato scored on his Chelsea debut as Aston Villa continued their slide towards relegation with the interim boss Eric Black over seeing a limp performance at a frustrated Villa Park, where supporters voiced their anger and despair and displayed banners venting their feelings.
On the pitch, Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s first Premier League goal gave Chelsea the lead before Pato’s introduction for his maiden Chelsea appearance following his signing in January.
The Brazilian soon converted a penalty he won himself and he was also instrumental in the second half, combining with countryman Oscar to create two goals for Pedro, as the Blues’ slender hopes of a top-six finish were given a boost
The home fans chanted against their players and owner Randy Lerner as the Blues took control in the second half.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s deflected shot and Pato’s precise penalty had given the visitors a healthy half-time lead.
Pedro scored twice – slotting in Oscar’s pull-back and hammering home a loose ball – before Alan Hutton was sent off to compound Villa’s misery.