Aston Villa player ratings v West Brom: Richards one of few positives

Saido Berahino's first-half strike saw Tim Sherwood's men fall to a 1-0 defeat at Villa Park.

Brad Guzan 6.5/10 – Couldn’t do much about the goal and prevented the scoreline from looking much worse with five saves. His distribution still leaves a lot to be desired, though.

Alan Hutton 6/10 – Handed the start over Bacuna, the Scot had no problems getting forward but his crossing was a huge downgrade compared to that of his Dutch teammate.

Micah Richards 7/10 – Continued his solid start to his Villa career with another strong performance in the heart of the defence. Much like against Leicester, he didn’t deserve to end up on the losing side.

Joleon Lescott 5/10 – Had real problems dealing with former teammate Salomon Rondon and ended up playing Berahino onside for the winner. Maybe Sherwood was too hasty to drop Ciaran Clark?

Jordan Amavi 6/10 – Showed flashes of his obvious talent when bombing down the left but was otherwise below par compared to his previous Villa appearances. Could have prevented West Brom's goal had he been stronger in the challenge, too.

Carlos Sanchez 6/10 – Put in a solid defensive shift but started to get overrun in the second half and was once again too wasteful in possession. Still needs to learn that it’s fine to just keep things simple.

Ashley Westwood 6/10 – Neat on the ball as usual but didn’t help Sanchez with his positioning when West Brom were on the attack. At the moment, he looks like the better option to drop to the bench once Idrissa Gana is back fit.

Carles Gil 6.5/10 – Arguably Villa’s best attacking player but that’s not really saying much on this occasion, as he just wasn’t quite decisive enough when on the ball in the final third.

Jack Grealish 6/10 – Looked lively when on the ball but really didn’t help that he was asked to drop deep so often. Needs to be around the area for Villa to take full advantage of his creative skills.

Scott Sinclair 4/10 – Replaced by Gestede at the break after offering virtually nothing through the first 45 minutes.

Gabby Agbonlahor 6/10 – Worked hard but was far too isolated up top and forced to feed off the occasional long ball.


Rudy Gestede (Sinclair 46) 5/10 – Had a couple of good headers on goal but still doesn’t look like the dominate presence he’s supposed to be.

Leandro Bacuna (75 Gil) 6/10 – Provided a few teasing crosses but little else of note.

Jordan Veretout (Sanchez 81) N/A – Not offered enough time to get into the game.

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