Aston Villa player ratings v Everton: Benteke and Delph boss the show

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A Christian Benteke brace and Tom Cleverley goal saw Tim Sherwood's side claim a 3-2 home win over Everton on Saturday afternoon.

Shay Given 6/10 – Handed the start over Guzan, the Irishman had little to do for most of the match but failed to deal with the high ball with led to Everton’s late second goal. He looked to have been fouled in the build-up, however, and was booked for his protests.

Leandro Bacuna 7/10 – Excellent as ever going forward, providing a wonderful assist for Cleverley’s second-half goal. Continues to improve defensively too.

Jores Okore 7/10 – Strong both in the air and the challenge, making a team-leading six tackles and 10 clearances over the course of the match.

Ron Vlaar 5/10 – A somewhat rough outing for the Dutchman, who struggled at times to deal with Romelu Lukaku. Should have put Villa 2-0 up himself in the first-half with a header which went wide of the post and made a poor challenge to concede Everton’s spot-kick.

Kieran Richardson 6.5/10 – Recent improvement showed again on the afternoon, as neither Seamus Coleman nor Aaron Lennon managed to give him too much trouble.

Ashley Westwood 6.5/10 – Didn’t stand out but kept things ticking over with his neat passing before going off for Carlos Sanchez 15 minutes before the end.

Tom Cleverley 8/10 – The Manchester United loanee’s remarkable revival continues, as he scored for a second straight game and bossed the midfield alongside Delph for 90 minutes. Sign him up!

Fabian Delph 8.5/10 – An exceptional performance for the new skipper, who provided the assist for Benteke’s 10-minute opener. Fast proving the heart and soul of Tim Sherwood’s Villa.

Charles N’Zogbia 7/10 – Still to see production from him but does look much-improved under the new boss, linking well with Grealish and Benteke in attack and even impressing with his work rate.

Jack Grealish 7.5/10 – Another stellar showing from the teenage hotshot, who has so far looked like a Premier League veteran since coming into the line-up. Started a number of Villa’s attacks and gave the opposition defence fits with his direct running and movement.

Christian Benteke 9/10 – Unstoppable throughout the first-half, bagging a brace to make it 10 goals in the past nine games. If Lukaku cost almost £30 million, his compatriot’s price tag should be at least double that.

SUBSTITUTES

Carlos Sanchez (Westwood 75) 6/10 – Came on to sure things up for the final stages but wasn’t put under too much pressure.

Alan Hutton (Leandro Bacuna 81) 6/10 – See Sanchez.

Joe Cole (N’Zogbia 90) N/A – A late substitution used to kill some clock.

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