With less than 30 minutes remaining we were piling on the pressure and for a moment it looked like we had retaken the lead from one of a succession of corners, but Pulisic had been correctly flagged offside in the build up before we tucked the ball away in something of a scramble.
We still had to be wary of Villa’s threat, though, even if it was now mostly restricted to counter-attacks. McGinn rattled our crossbar from range and Hudson-Odoi responded immediately by forcing a low save from Martinez with a long shot of his own.
Push for the win
With 20 minutes left Lampard decided changes were needed as we chased the second goal and victory, with Timo Werner and Kai Havertz coming on to replace Giroud and Jorginho.
That prompted a brief spell of end-to-end football, although neither side could find a clear chance to test the goalkeepers, with Havertz in particular showing some nice early touches to start opening things up again in Villa’s final third.
However, our next attempt came via Pulisic’s direct running, as he surged in from the left and fired at goal right-footed, but his shot was too high. We were exerting more pressure on Villa than at any time in the match to this point, as Havertz started to find more space between the lines, and Chilwell was next to have a go from the edge of the box, but his shot couldn’t find a way through the crowded bodies.
Villa then made their first substitution and Jacob Ramsey almost struck against the run of play with virtually his first touch, but his curling low shot from range bounced wide and one-way traffic was soon resumed, as Werner’s first effort looped just over the bar.
However, despite Villa falling deeper and deeper as we put them under sustained pressure during the closing stages of the game, taking our corner count into double figures, we couldn’t find the second goal we needed to take all three points.
Chilwell came closest to a late winner when his volley flew narrowly wide of the far post in injury time, but we would need to be content with a point against the Premier League’s best away side.