Aston Villa player ratings v Sunderland: Jack Grealish the worst of a bad bunch

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Carles Gil's second-half wonder strike could not prevent Remi Garde's men from falling to a dismal 3-1 defeat at the Stadium of Light.

Brad Guzan 6/10 – Made an excellent save to keep out Jermain Defoe just before the hour but should have done much better with the first of the striker's two goals 15 minutes later. Still a decent shot-stopper but the errors are now too frequent to ignore.

Alan Hutton 5/10 – Failed to close down Patrick van Aanholt on the Dutchman’s 30th-minute opener and struggled to offer much going forward. Forced off with 15 minutes left after appearing to tweak his hamstring.

Micah Richards 5/10 – Unfortunate to deflect Van Aanholt’s shot into the net but deserves criticism for his poor positioning on both Defoe goals. The centre-back experiment needs to end.

Joleon Lescott 5/10 – Gave Defoe too much space to fire home his first with 18 minutes left and was also one of several defenders caught out on the former Tottenham man's second in stoppage-time.

Aly Cissokho 6.5/10 – Finally eligible to feature after returning early from his season-long loan at Porto last month, the Frenchman made a team-leading seven clearances and supplied a few teasing crosses during the first half. A decent performance despite the result.

Leandro Bacuna 7/10 – The utility man looked much more comfortable playing on the wing, as he came close to scoring twice within the opening six minutes and was diligent with his defensive duties. One of Villa’s few bright spots.

Idrissa Gana 5.5/10 – Offered some energy in midfield but was simply too lightweight on the ball and not incisive enough in the final third.

Jordan Veretout 6/10 – Showed a few clear glimpses of his promise but also drifted out of the game at times. Certainly not Villa’s worst player but not as bright as some of his recent displays.

Jack Grealish 4.5/10 – Struggled to provide anything positive before being replaced by Adama 11 minutes into the second half. A performance which summed up his season so far.

Carles Gil 6/10 – As breathtakingly magnificent as his volleyed equaliser was, it’s hard to ignore the poor turnovers and weak defending.

Rudy Gestede 5/10 – Suffered from a lack of service but his poor movement didn’t help things either.

SUBSTITUTES

Adama Traore (Grealish 56) 6.5/10 – Showcased his game-changing qualities with an outstanding run and cross to set up Gil’s 63rd-minute equaliser. As long as the knock which forced him off late on isn’t serious, he has to be in the starting XI going forward.

Libor Kozak (Hutton 75) 6/10 – Played his first Premier League minutes in over two years but enjoyed no real moments of note.

Scott Sinclair (Adama 88) N/A – A late cameo in place of the injured Adama.

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