Glimmer of hope
Brand made one change at the break and it was at the back, Gilchrist was replaced by Luke Badley-Morgan who appeared for the first time since September after he picked up an injury which kept him out of action for six weeks.
While Villa held a comfortable lead Chelsea were in constant attack from the whistle but looked frustrated around the box as they struggled to apply the all-important finishing touch, thankfully that changed after 74 minutes when a familiar figure was on target for the young Blues.
Our In-form forward Soonsup-Bell showed great reactions to receive the ball with his back to goal 6 yards out, turn and slam it into the roof of the net. We were back in the game with a quarter left to play.
Villa make it four
Our lead didn’t last long however, as Villa’s young latched on to a low cross and powered a shot home from just outside the box making the score 2-4 with nine minutes on the clock and that sealed victory for our visitors who occupy top spot in the league standings.
We make the short trip to Fulham on Saturday, kick-off in that game is 11am.
Chelsea (3-4-2-1) Sami Tlemcani; Alfie Gilchrist (Luke Badley-Morgan (ht), Charlie Wiggett (c), Bashir Humphreys; Josh Brooking, Charlie Webster, Ben Elliott, Dion Rankine; Harvey Vale, Joe Haigh; Jude Soonsup-Bell
Unused subs Max Merrick, Ronnie Stutter, Lewis Hall, Leo Castledine
Booked Haigh 21
Scorer Soonsup-Bell 6, 74
Aston Villa Filip Marschall, Frankie Ealing, Ben Chrisene, Paul Appiah (c), Sil Swinkels, Hayden Lindley, Edward Rowe (Chisom Afoka 88), Mamadou Sylla (Coalan McBride 77), Brad Young, Arjan Raikhy, Dewain Sewell (Kahrel Reddin 70)
Unused subs Patrick Zito, Oliwier Zych
Booked Sylla 44
Scorer Chrisene 7; Raikhy 20; Young 32, 81
Photography by Mark Sandom