Alexandre Pato rose off the bench to make his debut and have a hand in all four goals as Chelsea beat doomed Aston Villa 4-0 at Villa Park.
The Brazilian, who signed in January, had to wait more than 60 days to play his first game for the club, but was influential in a good win.
Two other players made their debuts for the visitors as centre-back Matt Miazga was given the nod by Guus Hiddink, who had promised an 'experimental side', with both John Terry and Gary Cahill missing through injury. Teenage defender Jack Clarke-Salter also came on late.
But it was Pato who stole the show, scoring a penalty and having a hand in the build-up of all three of the other goals; Pedro scored twice after Ruben Loftus-Cheek had opened the scoring.
A half-empty Villa Park was the sign of a protest as fans held up banners that read 'Proud History. What Future?' and threw a number of them onto the pitch as the match drew to a close.
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