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Published: 13:32 | 2/4/16

Chelsea brush aside Villa

Chelsea continued their unbeaten Premier League run under interim boss Guus Hiddink with an emphatic 4-0 victory over bottom club Aston Villa.

The Premier League champions move up to ninth with the win, which extends the Blues unbeaten run under Hiddink to 15 matches.

But the 4-0 drubbing sees Villa, with Eric Black in temporary charge following the midweek sacking of Remi Garde, matching the unwanted record they set in 2013-14 of losing ten home matches during a season.

Pedro netted twice in the second half after Ruben Loftus-Cheek had given Chelsea the lead and Alexandre Pato, making his debut 63 days after signing for the club, had doubled the lead from the penalty spot in first-half injury time.

Chelsea took the lead midway through the first half, as Loftus-Cheek diverted a Cesar Azpilicueta cross past Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan at his near post.

The Premier League champions doubled their lead just before the break, when Pato drilled a penalty past Guzan after the Brazilian, making his debut as a first-half substitute for Loic Remy after 63 days at the club, had been foule din the area by Aly Cissokho.

And it got worse for the home supporters at a half-empty Villa Park, as Pedro swept home in the opening minute of the second half following some fine one-touch interplay between Pato and Oscar.

The Spaniard then wrapped up the victory by tapping home after Guzan had spilled Pato's effort from the edge of the area.

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