Aston Villa player ratings v Tottenham: Brad Guzan and Idrissa Gana among few positives

A Harry Kane brace saw Remi Garde's men fall to a 2-0 defeat at Villa Park on Sunday afternoon.

Brad Guzan 8/10 – Scoreline would have looked much worse without him, as he bailed out his defence with a series of impressive saves. The recent time on the bench seems to have done him the world of good.

Alan Hutton 5/10 – Made an impressive goalline clearance in the first half after Erik Lamela’s shot hit the post but lost Kane on the opener and couldn’t cross for toffee.

Jores Okore 5.5/10 – Made a few big blocks and tackles but was too often caught out of position. Not the kind of performance that’s going to impress a Champions League club.

Joleon Lescott 5/10 – Couldn’t cope with Tottenham’s movement and missed a sitter from point-blank range during the closing stages.

Aly Cissokho 5/10 – Seriously struggled to contain either Kyle Walker or Lamela and fell asleep on the second goal. His crossing was even worse than usual, too.

Ashley Westwood 6/10 – Forced to sit back and defend for most of the game due to Tottenham’s dominance, recording a team-leading six tackles and four interceptions.

Idrissa Gana 7/10 – Easily Villa’s best outfield player on the day. Full of energy as usual and was much less careless on the ball. His foul on Dele Alli did lead to the first goal, however.

Jordan Veretout 5/10 – Started fairly brightly but soon faded into obscurity before going off for Green just after the hour.

Carles Gil 5/10 – Had a few bright moments but his defensive deficiencies proved a big problem down the right flank. Taken off with 20 minutes left after struggling to make his mark on the second half.

Jordan Ayw 5.5/10 – Hit the post in the final 10 minutes after an impressive run but otherwise flattered to deceive.

Rudy Gestede 5/10 – Inexplicably hit the bar on the rebound from Ayew’s aforementioned effort when it looked easier to score and showed a distinct lack of movement both on and off the ball.


Andre Green (Veretout 62) 6/10 – Looked sharp enough on his senior debut to earn a few more opportunities between now and the end of the season.

Scott Sinclair (Gil 69) 5/10 – Did nothing of note, managing just five touches.

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