West Ham's Winston Reid excelled against Aston Villa

West Ham Upton Park

West Ham United's New Zealand international shone in the recent clash against Aston Villa.

West Ham United continued their fine form as they overcame Aston Villa 2-0 at Upton Park on Tuesday evening.

The goals came from in-form Michail Antonio and Cheikhou Kouyate after Villa’s Jordan Ayew had been sent off just 17 minutes into the match. But as impressive as the Hammers’ attacking play was, their back-line also did everything asked of them.

One player to do particularly well was centre-back Winston Reid, who was making his only 18th appearance of a season that has been blighted by minor injuries. However, his performance against Villa showed just how important he is to Slaven Bilic’s side.

Passing AccuracyInterception WonEffective ClearanceDuel WonTackles AccuracyAerial WonBall RecoveryDispossessedMins Played
Winston Reid95%443-25090

As you can see from the statistics above, the West Ham star had a very impressive passing accuracy of 95 per cent, while he was not dispossessed all evening.

That is in part due to Villa’s failure to impose themselves on the game but Reid’s influence should not be understated.

Reid also won four interceptions, three duels, two aerial battles and five ball recoveries, and his composure was clear throughout.

Reid will have far tougher nights than this - as proved by the fact he did not have to make a single tackle all match - but what he did he did perfectly, and that is all Bilic can ask of his West Ham players.

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