Aston Villa player ratings v Sunderland: Gana great, Gestede not

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Scott Sinclair's first-half brace was not enough to earn Tim Sherwood's men three points, as Sunderland held out for a 2-2 draw at Villa Park.

Brad Guzan 6/10 – Could do little about either Sunderland goal and was otherwise a spectator for most of the afternoon.

Alan Hutton 7/10 – Making his first league start of the season, the Scot proved a clear defensive upgrade over Bacuna at the position and supplied a number of teasing crosses throughout the match.

Micah Richards 7/10 – The skipper didn’t put a foot wrong at the back but he missed two glaring headed chances from corners to hand his side the win – the second coming in the closing stages.

Ciaran Clark 6/10 – Put in a solid performance for the most part but it’s hard to overlook him being beaten all ends on Jermain Lens’ second-half equaliser. With rumours of Joleon Lescott arriving, the former trainee might be starting to feel a tad nervous about his place in the starting line-up.

Jordan Amavi 7/10 – Excellent going forward as usual, while also putting in a strong defensive showing. Grabbed the assist for Sinclair’s second goal with a pinpoint cross.

Carlos Sanchez 7/10 – Lived up to his nickname, proving a rock in front of the back four and efficient in possession. After two back-to-back solid starts, he seems to be staking a claim for a regular spot in the line-up.

Ashley Westwood 7/10 – Came close to scoring with a couple of powerful shots, while his set-piece deliveries were also much better than usual. Completed 87.8 per cent of his 49 passes, too.

Idrissa Gana Gueye 8/10 – A real live wire in the centre of the park, as the Senegal international buzzed around the opposition area and never shirked a challenge.

Leandro Bacuna 5.5/10 – Pushed forward onto the right wing, the Dutchman failed to offer enough of an attacking threat before going off for Gil in the 68th-minute. The debate over his best position rumbles on.

Scott Sinclair 7.5/10 – Tuesday night’s hat-trick hero cooly converted a penalty on 11 minutes after being brought down in the area, before tapping in Amavi’s cross for his second just before the break. Seemed to disappear in the second-half but, after five goals in two games, it’s clear that he deserves to remain in the side from here on.

Rudy Gestede 5/10 – The towering striker is learning a tough lesson about the step up from the Championship to Premier League. Looked lost for much of the game and wasted a couple of good chances in the final 10 minutes.

SUBSTITUTES

Carles Gil (Bacuna 68) 6.5/10 – Offered a noticeable creative spark following his introduction but did get himself booked for diving when he could have taken a shot on goal instead.

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