Micah Richards proved to be Villa's best defender against Palace

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Assessing the performance of the Aston Villa skipper this weekend.

Aston Villa suffered their second successive Premier League defeat when they lost 2-1 away to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Tim Sherwood’s side fell behind when Scott Dann scored in the 71st minute but an own-goal from Papa Souare after fine work from Adama Traore brought Villa level.

It looked like that was how it would stay but Bakary Sako had other ideas and his late goal ensured a dramatic finish and a victory for the Eagles.

Despite Villa’s loss, some of their players could leave the pitch with their heads held high, one of which was defender Micah Richards.

  Passing AccuracyEffective ClearancesEffective Headed ClearancesBall RecoveriesDuels WonInterceptions WonDispossessedTackle AccuracyMins Played
Micah Richards 90% 5 4 7 6 2 0 100% 90

The 27-year-old’s arrival was arguably Villa’s best piece of business this summer and he looked a class act at the heart of Sherwood’s defence.

Richards finished the game with a passing accuracy of 90 per cent and he made nine effective clearances in total, proving dominant both on the ground and in the air.

The Villa skipper also recovered the ball on seven occasions while he was not dispossessed all afternoon, and he also won six duels and two interceptions.

Villa will be disappointed to come away from Selhurst Park without a point or three, but in Richards they have a player who should provide defensive solidity for years to come.

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