PLAYER RATINGS: Enzo Fernandez shone in midfield but is NOT our man of the match as Chelsea’s 3-1 win at Aston Villa buys Mauricio Pochettino time

Chelsea put in a much-improved performance to secure a 3-1 win over Aston Villa and progress to the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Conor Gallagher set the visitors on their way by scoring his first goal of the season and finishing well after Noni Madueke’s pass.

The Blues lead was doubled by Nicolas Jackson when the forward headed in a cross from the impressive Malo Gusto.

Enzo Fernandez then scored the pick of the goals with his curling free-kick finding the top corner, before substitute Moussa Diaby pulled one back for Aston Villa in stoppage time.

Here, Mail Sport’s player ratings for the FA Cup fourth round replay.

Enzo Fernandez's brilliant goal capped a dominant performance by Chelsea against Aston Villa

Enzo Fernandez’s brilliant goal capped a dominant performance by Chelsea against Aston Villa

The Blues put in an improved performance to claim a 3-1 win and reach the FA Cup fifth round

The Blues put in an improved performance to claim a 3-1 win and reach the FA Cup fifth round

Aston Villa (4-2-3-1)

Emiliano Martinez 6 – There was little the Argentine could do to stop Chelsea’s three goals on the night.

Matty Cash 6 – Restored to the starting eleven in place of the injured Ezri Konsa. Questions about his position in the run-up to Chelsea’s opening goal.

Diego Carlos 5 – Allowed Nicolas Jackson to score Chelsea’s second of the night. Discuss.

Clement Lenglet 5 – The Frenchman has become a regular starter in recent weeks but has been part of a back line to create six goals in their last two home games.

Alex Moreno 5 – Gave Malo Gusto far too much space, allowing the Chelsea full-back to pick out Jackson for the vital second goal. Waste an early opening.

Bubcar Kamara 6.5 – Gave possession away in the run-up to Chelsea’s opening goal, but tried to help Aston Villa gain a foothold in the game.

Captain John McGinn was one of Aston Villa's better performers on a difficult night

Captain John McGinn was one of Aston Villa’s better performers on a difficult night

Top scorer Ollie Watkins was starved for service throughout the FA Cup fourth round replay

Top scorer Ollie Watkins was starved for service throughout the FA Cup fourth round replay

Douglas Luiz 6 – Below his usual high standards for the hosts as Aston Villa failed to win the midfield battle.

Leon Bailey 6 – Some bright moments, but fade in and out of the game.

Youri Tielemans 5.5 – Conceded the offense that led to Chelsea’s third and failed to offer Ollie Watkins service in attack.

John McGinn 6.5 – The Aston Villa captain parried Caicedo off the ball to create an early chance but fired over before the break as his side clawed their way back into the game.

Ollie Watkins 6 – Villa’s top scorer was starved for service all night.

Subs

Jacob Ramsey 6

Moussa Diaby 7 – Made an impact on the bench and achieved a good consolation at half-time.

Tim Iroegbunam – N/A

Niccolò Zaniolo – N/A

Chelsea (4-3-3)

Djordje Petrovic 7 – A solid performance between the sticks for the Serbian goalkeeper, who could do little about Diaby’s late consolation.

Malo Gusto 8 – Responded from a poor performance against Wolves with a superb performance at Villa Park. Delivered an excellent cross for Jackson to score the second.

Axel Disasi 6.5 – An improved performance from the centre-back, who made a key block from John McGinn.

Benoit Badiashile 6 – A solid performance at the heart of Chelsea’s defense after an early breakaway when he lost possession to Bailey in a dangerous area.

Ben Chilwell 6.5 – Showed signs of returning to full fitness and provided much-needed balance on the Chelsea left.

Malo Gusto put in a great performance after a tough game against Wolves

Malo Gusto put in a great performance after a tough game against Wolves

Enzo Fernandez's stunning free-kick sealed Chelsea's place in the fifth round of the FA Cup

Enzo Fernandez’s stunning free-kick sealed Chelsea’s place in the fifth round of the FA Cup

Moises Caicedo 6.5 – Fixed an early bug that gave Leon Bailey with an opening. Another Chelsea played much better than recent games.

Enzo Fernandez 7.5 – Put an exclamation point on a dominant Chelsea display with his stunning free-kick.

Conor Gallagher 7.5 – His composed finish gave the Blues the lead on the night and eased nerves after a difficult week for the club.

Noni Madueke 7.5 – An impressive performance capped off by providing the assist for Gallagher’s opener.

Cole Palmer 6.5 – A quieter night for Chelsea’s top scorer, but contributed to the team performance.

Nicholas Jackson 7 – The much-maligned striker grabbed the vital second goal and slotted in between Matty Cash and Diego Carlos to head home.

Nicolas Jackson gave Chelsea a crucial break on the night by sending in a second

Nicolas Jackson gave Chelsea a crucial break on the night by sending in a second

Subs

Raheem Sterling 6

Thiago Silva – N/A

Alfie Gilchrist – N/A

Christopher Nkunku – N/A