Aston Villa player ratings v Wolves: Kozak and Amavi steal the show

Aston Villa

Libor Kozak struck either side of half-time as Tim Sherwood's side were held to a 2-2 draw at Molineux in their fifth pre-season encounter.

Mark Bunn 7/10 – Couldn’t do much about either Wolves goal and made a couple of big second-half stops. Distribution was good too.

Alan Hutton 5.5/10 – Worked hard to get forward but his crossing wasn’t up to scratch on this occasion, while his tracking back also seemed to wane as the match wore on.

Micah Richards 6.5/10 – The skipper had a few defensive hiccups but he marshalled the back four well and was strong in the air. Looks the part at centre-back so far.

Ciaran Clark 7/10 – His last-ditch defending in the second-half was crucial to restricting the home side to just two goals. Vital that Villa tie him up to a long-term deal in the near future.

Jordan Amavi 7.5/10 – Without doubt Villa’s best defender. Excellent bombing down the left flank and didn’t shirk his defensive duties either, making a handful of important tackles.

Leandro Bacuna 6/10 – A solid enough outing from the versatile Dutchman, who was full of running on the night. Set piece deliveries were poor at best, though.

Ashley Westwood 7/10 – Continues to impress with his growing defensive skills, while his passing during the first-half was almost Xavi-like. Not the flashiest of performers but just gets the job done.

Idrissa Gueye 7/10 – Excellent in the attacking third again, showing great movement around the box and even a real nose for goal. A perfect replacement for the departed Delph?

Scott Sinclair 6.5/10 – Looks a real threat bringing the ball forward on the counter attack but his decision-making still leaves a lot to be desired.

Gabby Agbonlahor 6.5/10 – Burst into life in the second-half with a number of charging runs through the Wolves defence but his night came to premature end in the 66th-minute after finding himself on the receiving end of a poor challenge from Richard Stearman.

Libor Kozak 8/10 – Could have had a hat-trick within the first 13 minutes, netting a long-range opener after six minutes before hitting the woodwork and then heading just wide. Capped his fine performance 14 minutes from the end with a straightforward finish off Robinson’s low cross.

SUBSTITUTES

Callum Robinson (Agbonlahor 66) 7/10 – Followed up the weekend’s goal against Walsall with a sublime assist for Kozak’s second.

Jordan Ayew (Kozak 78) 6/10 – Showed some decent touches in his 12-minute cameo but didn’t get enough time to make a real impression.

Nathan Baker (Clark 79) 5/10 – Committed an awful turnover in the closing stages which allowed Benik Afobe to net the late equaliser.

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