Aston Villa player ratings v Manchester City: Guzan gets credit, Richards gets embarrassed

Brad Guzan

Remi Garde's men fell to a dismal 4-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium after a second-half onslaught.

Brad Guzan 7/10 – Despite shipping four goals, the American custodian was the one Villa starter to emerge with any credit from the game. He made two fine saves from Sergio Aguero early on and spared his defence’s blushes on several other occasions. He perhaps should have done better on the second, though.

Alan Hutton 5/10 – Have to admire his endeavour, but his defending just isn’t up to Premier League standard.

Micah Richards 3/10 – Was essentially at fault for every one of his former club’s goals. His worst display in claret and blue to date, which is no mean feat given some of his recent performances.

Joleon Lescott 4.5/10 – Performed fairly well in the first half but promptly fell apart after the break once the hosts took hold of the game. One of several Villa defenders caught napping on multiple goals.

Ciaran Clark 4/10 – Gave away Aguero’s missed penalty and was constantly pulled out of position.

Aly Cissokho 4/10 – Failed to contain Jesus Navas and offered little going forward.

Jordan Veretout 5/10 – Back in the line-up after a bright cameo against Everton but struggled just as much as the rest of the XI.

Ashley Westwood 5/10 – Completely overrun in midfield, but that's not really surprising given the opposition and Villa's overall lack of cohesion.

Idrissa Gana 5.5/10 – Recorded a match-leading eight tackles but most of the time he was just making up for his own mistakes.

Gabby Agbonlahor 4/10 – A complete non-factor, managing just 25 touches and failing to record a single shot for the fourth straight game.

Jordan Ayew 6/10 – Tried to drive things forward but had little help around him. Had Villa’s best chance in the first half with a driving shot that forced Joe Hart into a smart save.

SUBSTITUTES

Rudy Gestede (Agbonlahor 70) 6/10 – Showed more than enough to suggest that he should have started over Agbonlahor, even with the game as good as over.

Leandro Bacuna (Veretout 74) 6/10 – Gave away a simple ball with his very first touch.

Scott Sinclair (Ayew 80) 6/10 – Did nothing of note in his 10-minute cameo.

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