BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Aston Villa beat nine-man Chelsea 1-0 in an English Premier League game that saw manager Jose Mourinho sent to the stands in the closing stages on Saturday.
That win saw Villa claim their first back-to-back league victories in four years as they climbed into the top half of the table.
Villa manager Paul Lambert said it was the best win of his tenure since he joined the club in 2012.
"That's probably the best win we've had. It was a fantastic all round team performance," said Lambert.
A week after securing a 4-1 win over Norwich, the Midlands club welcomed the league leaders to Villa Park, with Mourinho's men looking to restore a nine-point advantage at the top of the table.
After Manchester City had earlier beaten Hull City 2-0 away from home, the onus was on the Blues to extend their lead at the summit.
Visiting Chelsea thought it took the lead in the 41st minute when midfielder Nemanja Matic poked home from close range following a corner, however he was alleged to have handled the ball first.
The second half sprung to life after Chelsea midfielder Willian was sent off in the 68th for two bookable offences.
Referee Chris Foy's decision handed Villa the incentive, and they eventually capitalized through Fabian Delph.
The midfielder converted in the 82nd minute with a masterful flick, denting Chelsea's title surge.