Aston Villa player ratings v Bournemouth: Jordan Ayew and Idrissa Gana among few positives

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The Premier League's bottom side are all but relegated with five games left after slipping to a 2-1 loss at Villa Park.

Brad Guzan 6/10 – Couldn’t do much about either goal and had just one save to make, tipping a Lewis Grabban shot wide inside the opening five minutes. Booed from the outset along with Bacuna, Lescott and Richardson.

Leandro Bacuna 5/10 – Certainly didn’t look like a Champions League player on his return to the starting XI. At least the Championship might be more his level.

Ciaran Clark 5.5/10 – Gifted Bournemouth their second goal after failing to control a Cissokho pass, allowing Josh King to intercept the ball and lift a shot over Guzan.

Joleon Lescott 6/10 – Not his worst display in a Villa shirt but that’s hardly saying much. The fact he’s been wearing the captain’s armband is a glaring indictment on the lack of leaders in the dressing room.

Aly Cissokho 6/10 – decent enough at the back but seemed reluctant to push forward despite having tones of space. Jordan Amavi can’t come back soon enough.

Jordan Lyden 6.5/10 – Making his first Premier League start, the emerging Australian looked confident and assured before Eric Black made the bizarre decision to substitute him at half-time.

Ashley Westwood 6/10 – Put in a solid defensive shift, recording four tackles, two blocks, seven ball recoveries and winning seven duels, but just isn’t incisive enough on the ball.

Scott Sinclair 6/10 – Caused Bournemouth some problems at times with his direct running but flattered to deceive otherwise. Taken off for Adama with 20 minutes left.

Idrissa Gana 6.5/10 – Played in a more advanced role, the tireless midfielder set up Ayew’s goal with a neat through ball and showed some nice touches in the final third. Holding onto him over the summer is going to prove a tough ask.

Kieran Richardson 5.5/10 – Missed an absolute sitter just before the hour mark, failing to connect with Ayew’s cross from two yards out. Later replaced by Grealish in the closing stages after a forgettable outing.

Jordan Ayew 7/10 – Showed his worth to potential summer suitors with a well-taken goal in the 85th-minute, side-stepping a defender and finishing low from the edge of the area to hand the hosts some faint hope of a comeback.

SUBSTITUTES

Rudy Gestede (Lyden 46) 6/10 – Gave the opposition defence some trouble with his height and strength but didn’t get the service he needed.

Adama Traore (Sinclair 70) 6/10 – Showed he should have been on from the start with a bright 20-minute cameo.

Grealish (Richardson 84) 6/10 – Much like Adama, it seems common sense at this point to give him a run in the side for the rest of the season.

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