Aston Villa player ratings v QPR: Benteke brilliant but Richardson abysmal

Christian Benteke's hat-trick rescued a point for Aston Villa in a thrilling 3-3 home draw with fellow Premier League strugglers Queens Park Rangers.

Brad Guzan 6/10 – Could argue he should have done better on Charlie Austin’s strike but unable to do much about the first two – defence let him down.

Leandro Bacuna 4.5/10 – Impressed when allowed to get into QPR’s half but showed his limitations as a defender once again with a poor headed clearance to gift Matt Phillips the opener and some shocking marking on Clint Hill’s second-half equaliser.

Ron Vlaar 6/10 – A decent enough showing from the returning skipper but it’s hard to imagine Okore couldn’t have performed just as well, if not better. Villa career looks to be coming to an uninspiring close.

Ciaran Clark 6/10 – Not quite up to the high standards of his recent performances but far from Villa’s biggest problem on the night. The one member of the backline whose spot should be safe.

Kieran Richardson 2/10 – An awful night for the summer signing. Offered little going forward, was woeful in defence and responsible for QPR’s third. Sherwood should be ruing his decision to start him over Lowton.

Carlos Sanchez 5.5/10 – Solid shielding the back-four but, as has often proved the case this season, too wasteful in possession. Needs to be told to keep things simple and leave the adventurous stuff to his fellow midfielders.

Tom Cleverley 7/10 – Quite a startling turnaround for the Manchester United loanee. Looks reinvigorated under Sherwood, getting forward well and filling a crucial role in the final third.

Fabian Delph 7.5/10 – The driving force behind Sherwood’s side. Involved on a constant basis and provided the assist for Benteke’s first. It’s baffling that he isn’t more prolific considering how much he buzzes around the opposition area.

Jack Grealish 7/10 – An excellent opening 45 minutes to his first Premier League start, showcasing his pace and skill on numerous occasions. Much quieter after the break but, all in all, an encouraging showing.

Gabriel Agbonlahor 6.5/10 – Not involved as much as he would have liked but linked up well with both Grealish and Benteke, setting up the latter in the first-half with an excellent pass to put Villa in front.

Christian Benteke 10/10 – The hat-trick hero was outstanding from start to finish, scoring as many goals in 73 minutes as he managed in 18 games this season under Paul Lambert. Showed great awareness for his first two strikes, before rescuing a point for the home side with a fantastic free-kick seven minutes from the end.


Joe Cole (Grealish 70) 6/10 – Delivered a couple of nice crosses but it’s not hard to understand fans’ anger at his inclusion over Carles Gil.

Matthew Lowton (Bacuna 75) 6/10 – A definite upgrade in defence over Bacuna.

Charles N’Zogbia (Cleverley 80) 6/10 – Managed to win the free-kick for Benteke’s equaliser in his 10-minute cameo but couldn’t provide the spark needed to push Sherwood’s men on for the win.

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