Micah Richards shines for Aston Villa despite defeat; others must learn from him

The Aston Villa defender impressed against Stoke City this weekend.

Aston Villa’s poor start to the new season continued as they lost 1-0 to Stoke City on Saturday.

Tim Sherwood’s side are now 18th in the Premier League having picked up just four points from their first eight matches and he will know how vital it is to turn things around sooner rather than later.

It was always going to be a challenge bedding so many new players in at Villa Park, but one summer signing who has looked particularly impressive is defender Micah Richards.

The 27-year-old has been exceptional since arriving at the club and he continued that fine individual form against Stoke.

  Passing AccuracyTackle AccuracyEffective ClearancesEffective Headed ClearancesDuels WonDispossessedInterceptions WonAerials WonMins Played
Micah Richards 96% 100% 5 5 11 0 2 2 90

The Villa skipper will not be happy with the final result but he did everything in his power to keep Mark Hughes’ side at bay, winning 100 per cent of his attempted tackles and finishing the match with a 96 per cent passing accuracy.

Richards also won a very impressive 11 duels and he made 10 effective clearances (five with his feet and five with his head).

The Villa player also won two interceptions, two aerial battles and he was not dispossessed all afternoon.

The trick now for Villa is to merge fine solo performances into effective team showings, because if they do not this could be a very long season for Sherwood and his players.

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