Aston Villa player ratings v West Ham: Micah Richards the lone bright spot

Aston Villa

Jordan Ayew was shown an early red as second-half goals from Michail Antonio and Cheikhou Kouyate condemned Remi Garde's men to a 2-0 defeat at Upton Park.

Mark Bunn 6/10 – Pulled off an impressive second-half save from Mark Noble but could have done better on Michail Antonio’s headed opener.

Micah Richards 7/10 – Prevented a certain goal five minutes after the break with a fantastic clearance to deny former Villa man James Collins and managed to stifle Dimitri Payet for the majority of the night. The visitors' standout performer.

Jores Okore 5/10 – Played Antonio onside for the goal and looked very shaky at times when defending on the back foot. The Danish stopper has been rock solid in recent weeks but this was a performance he’ll want to forget.

Joleon Lescott 5.5/10 – Looked composed over the opening 45 minutes but seemed to lose focus as the second half progressed.

Aly Cissokho 5/10 – Kept getting pulled out of position at the back and failed to offer much going forward.

Leandro Bacuna 5/10 – Far too many sloppy passes and yet more wayward crosses.

Idrissa Gana 5/10 – Full of running but with little to show for it.

Jordan Veretout 5.5/10 – Saw plenty of the ball but wasn’t able to make any real impact in the attacking third.

Carles Gil 5/10 – Offered some creativity but was a massive defensive liability, as shown when he made no attempt whatsoever to cover Antonio in the run-up to the winger’s 58th-minute opener.

Jordan Ayew 1/10 – Shown a straight red card after just 17 minutes for a blatant elbow on Aaron Creswell. A truly unforgivable moment of madness which ultimately cost Villa any chance of getting a positive result.

Gabby Agbonlahor 4/10 – Handed his first Premier League start since 2 November but was a virtual passenger for the most part. The glaring lack of service didn’t help, though.

SUBSTITUTES

Kieran Richardson (Gil 71) 5/10 – The fact he was brought on at 1-0 down with 20 minutes left shows just how thin Villa’s squad is after their barren transfer window.

Scott Sinclair (Agbonlahor 80) 5/10 – Did nothing of note in his 10-minute cameo.

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