Aston Villa player ratings v Everton: A bad night for Micah Richards

Remi Garde's men edged closer towards the drop as Everton cruised to a comfortable 3-1 win at Villa Park.

Brad Guzan 5.5/10 – Made a couple of smart saves but let Aaron Lennon’s goal slip through his legs and almost fumbled in a tame shot that would have made it 3-0 before the break.

Alan Hutton 5/10 – Struggled to contain Kevin Mirallas and offered little going forward.

Micah Richards 4/10 – Lost Funes Mori in the lead-up to the Argentine’s headed opener and seemed to be caught out of position whenever Everton ventured forward – including on the second goal.

Ciaran Clark 5/10 – Guilty of ball-watching on the third and looked shaky for most of the night. After such an impressive 2014-15 season, his decline this term has been dramatic.

Joleon Lescott 5/10 – Struggled to cope with Everton’s movement and was one of several defenders caught out on the second goal.

Aly Cissokho 6/10 – Villa’s best attacking outlet at times, making some positive runs down the left. Didn’t offer much end product, though.

Leandro Bacuna 4.5/10 – For too many misplaced passes and wayward crosses, not enough defensive work or hustle. Baffling that Garde has stuck with him in recent weeks given the standard of his performances.

Ashley Westwood 5/10 – Went close with a couple of efforts on goal but offered little else on the night. Just not strong enough on either side of the ball.

Idrissa Gana 6/10 – Typically full of energy but failed to really harness it effectively. Continues to put up impressive tackle and interception numbers but needs to make more Fabian Delph-like driving runs.

Jordan Ayew 5.5/10 – Had a few bright moments on his return from suspension but flattered to deceive for the most part. Looked more effective when paired with Gestede.

Gabby Agbonlahor 4.5/10 – Failed to muster a single shot before being hauled off for goalscorer Gestede midway through the second half. No fire, no energy, no nothing.


Rudy Gestede (Agbonlahor 66) 710 – Pulled a goal back off the bench with a trademark header and gave Everton some problems with his size and strength. Looks like Villa’s most effective attacking option at the moment.

Jordan Veretout (Westwood 71) 6.5/10 – Set up Gestede’s consolation goal and looked sharp in his 20-minute run-out. He and the towering front man should have been on at half-time.

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