Alexandre Pato marked his Chelsea debut with a goal as the Barclays Premier League champions won 4-0 to leave Aston Villa on the brink of relegation.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s first BPL goal gave Chelsea the lead before Pato’s introduction for his maiden Chelsea appearance following his signing in January.
Hiddink was able to hand debuts to three players – Matt Miazga, Pato and Jake Clarke-Salter.
The Brazilian soon converted a penalty he won himself and was also instrumental in the second half, combining with Oscar to create two goals for Pedro, as the Blues’ slender hopes of a top-six finish were given a boost.
The manager said after the game, “It was good to see him come in, of course the expectation was for him to come in earlier but we had to give him a pre-season. It wasn’t the toughest Premier League game but we are happy to see him play and we will see how he copes.
“The players see him suffering by training with the first team and then doing extra work so they are happy, they recognise his situation and it was a relief for him to get his first goal.”
Having parted company with manager Remi Garde on Tuesday, and then suspending Gabriel Agbonlahor amid an investigation into his conduct, interim Villa manager, Eric Black presided over a limp performance.
Alan Hutton’s late sending-off ended a dismal afternoon on another low note for Villa, who have suffered seven defeats in a row for a second time this season.
The Blues have now extended their unbeaten Premier League run to 15 games and the manager hopes they continue in that fashion.
“It would be nice to be unbeaten until the end of the season. When I bring young kids in there is a bigger risk of failure, but I prefer that.”