Aston Villa player ratings v Leicester: Richards a rock, Sinclair struggles

Tim Sherwood's side suffered a 3-2 loss at the King Power Stadium after letting a two-goal lead slip in the second half.

Brad Guzan 5/10 – Was left exposed for Leicester’s first two goals but has no excuse for letting 5ft 5in Nathan Dyer out jump him for the late winner – another costly error which will only lead to further questions over his place in the side.

Leandro Bacuna 5.5/10 – Started strong in keeping Marc Albrighton quiet but went into self-destruct mode during the final 20 minutes, as poor positioning and errors allowed Leicester to run riot down Villa’s right.

Micah Richards 7.5/10 – Villa’s strongest defender on the afternoon, as he stepped up to make some crucial interceptions and proved almost unbeatable in the air. Didn’t deserve to end up on the losing side.

Joleon Lescott 6/10 – Handed the start over Ciaran Clark, the debutant was looking like a solid signing until the closing stages, when Leicester’s attack proceeded to expose his lack of pace.

Jordan Amavi 6/10 – Unsurprisingly impressed going forward but struggled to contain the in-form Riyad Mahrez as the match wore on and resorted to committing some poor fouls as a result.

Carlos Sanchez 6/10 – Anchored Villa’s midfield well in the first half but started to get overrun after the break and, much like last season, proved a tad too wasteful in possession.

Ashley Westwood 6/10 – Didn’t stand out but was neat on the ball and covered up teammate errors at times with some diligent defending. Almost produced a heroic goal-line clearance on Ritchie De Laet’s goal, too.

Carles Gil 7/10 – Offered Villa a much-needed creative spark, while also netting a spectacular 65th-minute strike from the edge of the box to make it 2-0. The visitors fell apart as soon as he went off after the goal.

Jack Grealish 6.5/10 – Missed a glaring chance in the 24th-minute when it looked easier to score but made up for it 15 minutes later with a brilliant right-foot finish for his first Villa goal. Seemed to drift out of the game after the interval, though.

Scott Sinclair 4.5/10 – The resurgent wide man failed to build on his recent goalscoring form, as he put a great chance to open the scoring into the side netting and did little else during the 90 minutes.

Gabby Agbonlahor 6.5/10 – The long-standing striker has endured a fair amount of criticism after a poor start to the season but he was much better on this occasion, teeing up Villa’s second after a great run and creating at least three other scoring chances with his pace on the counter-attack.


Jordan Ayew (Gil 65) 5/10 – Was full of running but offered little of note.

Rudy Gestede (Agbonlahor 74) 5/10 – Difficult for him to make an impact up top when Villa were under the cosh.

Alan Hutton (Bacuna 85) N/A – Brought on to shore things up the back but couldn’t keep Leicester out.

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