Aston Villa player ratings v Swansea: Jordan Ayew and Idrissa Gana among few positives

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Ayew's first Villa goal failed to prevent the hosts from falling to a 2-1 defeat on Saturday afternoon.

Brad Guzan 6.5/10 – Made a stellar save to deny Andre Ayew moments before younger brother Jordan opened the scoring and couldn’t do much about either Swansea goal.

Alan Hutton 6/10 – Always eager to get down the right but his crossing was woefully inaccurate.

Micah Richards 5.5/10 – Had been arguably Villa’s most consistent player this season until Swansea's visit, as he conceded the free-kick that led to Gylfi Sigurdsson’s unstoppable equaliser in the 68th-minute.

Joleon Lescott 5/10 – Constantly pulled out of position and missed a golden opportunity to equalise in the closing stages when he blazed a shot over the bar from point-blank range.

Kieran Richardson 6/10 – Solid enough at the back but was nowhere near as effective going forward as the benched Jordan Amavi has proved this season.

Leandro Bacuna 6/10 – Used in a defensive midfield role, the versatile Dutchman’s set-pieces were certainly better than Ashley Westwood’s but he was otherwise largely unspectacular for much of the game.

Idrissa Gana 7/10 – Covered a huge amount of ground on the afternoon while offering some much-needed bite in the centre of the park.

Jordan Ayew 8/10 – Worked his socks off and opened his Villa account in the 62nd-minute with a diving header from Agbonlahor’s cross.

Jack Grealish 5.5/10 – Produced a great run in the lead-up to the opener but had few other moments of note and was taken off for Gil with 16 minutes left.

Gabby Agbonlahor 6/10 – A very impressive assist for Ayew’s goal but previously wasted a great chance to break the deadlock just after half-time.

Rudy Gestede 5/10 – Couldn’t finish a couple of first-half chances and failed to make his aerial presence count. Just isn’t effective enough to be the centrepiece of Villa’s attack.

SUBSTITUTES

Carles Gil (Grealish 74) 6/10 – Talent is obvious but can't help Tim Sherwood keep his job when he spends most of the match on the bench.

Adama Traore (Agbonlahor 85) N/A – Didn’t get enough time to make an impact.

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