Aston Villa playing ratings v Southampton: Vlaar the worst of a bad bunch

Sadio Mane bagged the fastest hat-trick in Premier League history as the Saints demolished Tim Sherwood's men 6-1 at St Mary's.

Shay Given 5/10 – The defence let him down in spectacular fashion but the Irishman looked very shaky himself at times and was beaten far too easily by Shane Long’s long-range effort for the fifth.

Leandro Bacuna 6/10 – The most assured member of Villa’s back four, although that’s not saying much. Set up Benteke’s consolation goal with a quality cross during a rare moment of class from Sherwood’s men.

Jores Okore 3/10 – After an excellent performance in last weekend’s win over West Ham, the Dane was brought back down to earth with a bang. Looked lost for most of the match, as a resurgent Graziano Pelle gave him a torrid time.

Ron Vlaar 2/10 – Sherwood might be having second thoughts about re-signing the Dutchman after his latest showing. Was pulled out of position on a constant basis and his awful back pass resulted in Mane’s second.

Alan Hutton 3/10 – Brought into the line-up for the injured Kieran Richardson, the Scot offered little going forward and was caught out on numerous occasions at the back. He was out of position on the left, granted, but that’s not enough of an excuse for just how poorly he performed.

Ashely Westwood 4/10 – Had been brilliant since his recall but on this occasion was completely outmuscled in the midfield. Also at fault for Long’s second goal after a poor giveaway.

Tom Cleverley 5/10 – Work rate can’t be faulted for but had no chance of influencing the games like he has done in recent weeks due to the performances of those around him.

Fabian Delph 5/10 – Was decent enough in possession but the skipper's final ball was woefully lacking.

Charles N’Zogbia 3/10 – Fans could be forgiven for wondering whether he was even on the pitch during the first-half such was his lack of impact. Taken off for Agbonlahor 10 minutes into the second period after failing to improve.

Jack Grealish 5/10 – Showed a few glimpses of his immense potential but Southampton’s defence otherwise had his number.

Christian Benteke 6/10 – Took his headed goal well but had little chance of rescuing Villa with the chaos going on behind him.


Gabby Agbonlahor (N’Zogbia 56) 6/10 – An upgrade over N’Zogbia, producing a few late chances, but was hard for him to make a significant impact given the deficit.

Matthew Lowton (Bacuna 67) 6/10 – Slotted in at left-back after coming on, with Hutton switching to the right, and proved that he should have been on from the start with a decent run-out.

Scott Sinclair (Grealish 82) 5/10 – Offered little during his 10-minute cameo.

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