Aston Villa player ratings v WBA: N'Zogbia shines, Delph steals the show

Tim Sherwood's side beat West Brom for the second time in a week in the FA Cup. Here's how Aston Villa's players rated!

Shay Given - 7/10

The Aston Villa shot stopper dealt with everything thrown at him by the likes of Saido Berahino and co with aplomb, although the landscape of the FA Cup tie could have been very different had Brown Ideye not missed a sitter early on for West Brom.

Ciaran Clark - 7/10

One of many impressive Villa performers as Tim Sherwood's men went one better than Tuesday night's Premier League win over the Baggies by keeping a clean sheet.

Matthew Lowton - 7/10

Was outmuscled all too easily in the first half but improved considerably in the second - much like Aston Villa as a whole.

Leandro Bacuna - 6/10

Did not receive as much praise as his team-mates from fans, perhaps because of his silly challenge that ended up getting Claudio Yacob sent off for West Brom.

Jores Okore - 8/10

Quite simply a rock at the back.

Fabian Delph - 8.5/10

The occasional wasteful pass aside, the 25-year-old ran the show for Villa. His running at defenders was immense and his superb goal all but determined the outcome for the home side.

Tom Cleverley - 7/10

Came off for Carlos Sanchez after 64 minutes to a healthy round of applause from the Aston Villa faithful. Cleverley didn't do much wrong in this cup tie.

Ashley Westwood - 6.5/10

The debate rages on about whether he and Cleverley can play together - like the Steven Gerrard/Frank Lampard paradox but perhaps nowhere near in terms of quality. Was okay against West Brom, however, despite the odd poor decision.

Scott Sinclair - 7.5/10

Often found himself running into defenders but signaled his intent with a great run at the end of the first half, before causing problems consistently after the break and rounding Villa's win off with a very impressive goal indeed.

Gabriel Agbonlahor - 7/10

Jermaine Jenas and Alan Shearer had plenty to say about the forward's poor touch, anticipation and movement at half-time but he used his pace to brilliant effect during a much-improved second half.

Charles N'Zogbia - 8/10

Was booked but didn't look back after half-time, producing a great assist for Delph's opener. 


Carlos Sanchez - 6.5/10

Made a great contribution to setup the move for the goal.

Carles Gil also replaced Agbonlahor in the 88th minute, while Jack Grealish was introduced in place of N'Zogbia on 74 minutes but was sent off for two bookable offences - the second being very questionable from referee Anthony Taylor.

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