Aston Villa player ratings v Chelsea: Grealish impresses as Guzan costs visitors

Brad Guzan

Tim Sherwood's side fell to their fifth straight Premier League defeat with a 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge.

Brad Guzan 4/10 – Guilty of another goal-costing blunder after placing Lescott under heavy pressure with a short ball which gifted Diego Costa a 34th-minute opener. Couldn’t do much about the deflected second but the damage was done at that point. Mark Bunn time?

Alan Hutton 6.5/10 – Very lively down the right flank, as he made life extremely tough for Premier League debutant Baba Rahman. Unfortunate to see Costa’s shot take a wicked deflection off him for Chelsea’s second in the 54th-minute.

Micah Richards 6/10 – Proved a match for Costa for much of the game but was caught out on the second goal when the Spanish striker turned him before firing off his strike.

Joleon Lescott 6/10 – Hung out to dry by Guzan on Costa’s goal but certainly made life much easier for Chelsea with a poor first touch which allowed Willian to steal the ball and set up the Spanish striker. That aside, the veteran centre-back performed much better than in recent games.

Kieran Richardson 5.5/10 – Couldn’t offer the same kind of attacking impact as Amavi and had a tough time dealing with Willian. Taken off in the 64th-minute after picking up a booking for a foul on the Brazilian.

Ashley Westwood 5/10 – Overrun in the centre of the park and too wasteful in possession. Sherwood is a big fan of his but his place in the starting XI has to be under question at this stage.

Idrissa Gana 5.5/10 – Started relatively well but saw his impact steadily diminish after the break, as Chelsea took control of the midfield once Nemanja Matic was on the pitch.

Carles Gil 6/10 – Showed plenty of flashes of his playmaking class but ultimately didn’t have much luck in the final third.

Jack Grealish 7/10 – His dangerous runs caused some real problems for the Chelsea defence, who had to resort to fouling him at times. Seemed to tire in the closing stages but was an obvious bright spot.

Jordan Ayew 6/10 – Had a few lively moments, such as setting up a chance which Gestede could only shoot over the bar, but couldn’t influence the game as much as hoped from the flank.

Rudy Gestede 5/10 – Isolated up top but didn’t make the most of his chances either, while Kurt Zouma was able to handle him in the air for the most part.

SUBSTITUTES

Jordan Amavi (Richardson 64) 5/10 – Not a great run-out off the bench, as he struggled with his final ball and almost gifted Chelsea a third with a poor turnover.

Adama Traore (Ayew 68) 6/10 – Difficult for him to make an impact over the final 20 minutes with the hosts well in control.

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