Aston Villa player ratings v Leicester: Bunn and Gana the star men

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Rudy Gestede's second-half strike saw Remi Garde's men hold the high-flying Foxes to a 1-1 draw at Villa Park.

Mark Bunn 7.5/10 – The hero of the day for his first-half penalty save from Riyad Mahrez, along with four other big stops. It looks like Brad Guzan should get used to the bench.

Leandro Bacuna 6/10 – Always eager to get forward but his wayward crossing really let him down.

Jores Okore 7/10 – Did an extremely effective job of limiting Jamie Vardy’s impact, while also impressing with his distribution out of the back. The defence looks so much more solid with him in the line-up.

Joleon Lescott 6/10 – Was caught snoozing on Shinji Okazaki’s 28th-minute opener but performed well otherwise to help earn his side a share of the points. Still, the glaring error makes it hard to give him a high mark.

Aly Cissokho 6/10 – Conceded Mahrez’s missed spot-kick with a debatable handball but made up for it during the rest of the game with some sound defensive work. Had similar issues to Bacuna when it came to his crossing, though.

Ashley Westwood 6/10 – Showed some nice touches but seemed to drift through the game for the most part. Not a weak link per se, but nowhere near incisive enough either.

Idrissa Gana 7.5/10 – full of energy in the middle of the park and outstanding defensively, recording a match-leading nine tackles and four interceptions to help stifle Leicester’s attack.

Jordan Veretout 5/10 – The Frenchman had his first poor game in a while, as he struggled with his passing and set-piece deliveries throughout. Effort was there but just looked gassed.

Carles Gil 6/10 – Picked out plenty of nice passes but was muscled off the ball far too easily at times. No one doubt his skills but it remains to be seen whether he will ever be able to get to grips with the pace and power of the Premier League.

Jordan Ayew 6.5/10 – Worked his socks off once again but just seemed to be lacking a bit of sharpness in the final third.

Libor Kozak 6.5/10 – Still needs to find his shooting boots but led the line with a warrior-like performance, winning 12 aerial duels against some imposing centre-backs in Robert Huth and Wes Morgan.


Rudy Gestede (Gil 68) 7/10 – Helped change the game with his persist presence up top, grabbing the equaliser eight minutes after his introduction with a deflected shot from just inside the box.

Scott Sinclair (Ayew 95) N/A

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