Villa player ratings vs WBA: Agbonlahor impresses, but there's one disappointment

Aston Villa At Villa Park

We rate Aston Villa's players' performances against West Bromwich Albion last night.

Brad Guzan - 6/10 

The Aston Villa stopper had little to do during the contest because West Bromwich Albion posed a limited threat. Guzan could do nothing against to stop Albion's goal and it was an otherwise quiet night.

Matt Lowton - 8/10 

Played on the left of the defence and performed admirably. He was a constant threat going forward and looked assured at the back. Impressive for a player who has not received regular football this season.

Jores Okore - 6/10 

His pace is vital to the Villa backline and he bailed out his teammates on a few occasions. That said, he looked nervy throughout. 

Ciaran Clarke - 8/10

The academy graduate is becoming a vital player for the side, with his performances showing just how passionate he is. Arguably their best defender last night. 

Alan Hutton - 6/10

Perhaps fortunate not to see red when he appeared to deliberately tackle Saido Berahino with his studs up, but an otherwise solid display.

Tom Cleverley - 6/10 

A typically strong if unspectacular display. Nobody can question Cleverley's consistency, but he really needs to be more dynamic if he is to hold down a place in Tim Sherwood's line-up. 

Ashley Westwood - 6/10 

Another steady performer, who kept possession ticking along nicely. Westwood's work is not always the most notable, but he is important to this Villa side. 

Fabian Delph - 7/10

Energetic, combative and dangerous, this was the all-action display that Villa fans had been hoping to get from their star midfielder. 

Gabriel Agbonlahor - 8/10

Agbonlahor has faced a lot of criticism this season, but his display last night showed why Sherwood has kept faith in him. His pace was a constant danger to the West Brom defence and he could have had more than just one goal to his name by the end of the match.

Charles N'Zogbia - 5/10

He continues to struggle in a Villa shirt. N'Zogbia was virtually anonymous last night and looked ineffective throughout.

Christian Benteke - 7/10

Was the coolest man inside Villa Park when tucking away his penalty, but he still isn't quite at his bludgeoning best. Still, this was an improved display from the Belgian and his goal should give him lots of confidence. 

Substitutes:

Leandro Bacuna - 6/10

Played a part in winning Villa's late penalty and could easily be reinstated to the starting line-up at the weekend. 

Andreas Weinmann - 6/10

A decent enough cameo from the Austrian.

Jack Grealish - 6/10

Grew into the game after a slow start. He will be hoping this is the first of many appearances in a Villa shirt. 

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