Aston Villa player ratings v Swindon: Amavi and Gil make their marks

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Goals from Scott Sinclair and substitute Jerell Sellars saw Tim Sherwood's men secure a comfortable 2-0 win at the Robins in their third pre-season matchup.

Jed Steer 6/10 – Swindon’s struggles to hit the target left him with little to do for the most part but looked assured on the rare occasions he was called upon.

Alan Hutton 7/10 – One or two hiccups in defence but proved a real threat down the right, whipping in the cross that led to Sinclair’s 29th-minute opener.

Micah Richards 7/10 – Committed a poor turnover in the opening 15 minutes but was otherwise rock solid in his role as captain. Could have doubled Villa’s lead just after the hour from one of Hutton’s crosses but saw his header hit the post.

Ciaran Clark 6.5/10 – Not quite as impressive as his centre-back partner but few complaints.

Jordan Amavi 7.5/10 – A bright debut for the Frenchman, as he looked excellent going forward throughout the first-half and impressed with his defensive work as the match wore on.

Leandro Bacuna 5/10 – A difficult outing for the versatile Dutchman, who didn’t look as comfortable on the wing as in the previous two pre-sesason games.

Gary Gardner 6.5/10 – Strong on the ball and came close to scoring on a couple of occasions with some long-range efforts.

Ashley Westwood 6/10 – Misplaced a few simple passes during his 81-minute run-out but managed to clean up any danger in front of the back four. His place in the line-up certainly isn’t assured, though.

Scott Sinclair 7/10 – Made things happen with his pace down the flank and popped up in the right place at the right time to tab in the opener.

Carles Gil 8/10 – Looked like Villa’s most dangerous attacker once again with his passing and movement but fans will be crossing their fingers that the knock which forced him off was nothing serious.

Gabby Agbonlahor 6/10 – Worked hard up top but his poor finishing kept letting him down. Did manage to tee up Sinclair for the opener, though.

SUBSTITUTES

Jerell Sellars (Gil 54) 7/10 – Capitalised on a poor back pass to double Villa’s lead eight minutes from the end and could have had a second not long after when he forced a fine save out of the Swindon keeper. A promising cameo for the forward.

Callum Robinson (Agbonlahor 63) 6/10 – Showed a few glimpses of his potential but saw no real golscoring opportunities.

Riccardo Calder (Gardner 67) 6.5/10 – A real sparkplug in the centre of the park, impressing on both sides of the ball.

Niall Mason (Hutton 76) 6/10 – No real moments of note but doesn’t look out of place in the first-team.

Kevin Toner (Clark 76) 6/10 – Made one big clearance during the closing stages.

Harry McKirdy (Bacuna 76) 6/10 – Linked up well with Sellars on a couple of occasions.

Janoi Donacien (Richards 78) N/A

Lewis Kinsella (Amavi 78) N/A

Jordan Lyden (Westwood 81) N/A

Khalil Abdo (Sinclair 81) N/A

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