Aston Villa could only manage a 3-3 draw with bottom of the table Preston North End at Villa Park last night. Villa lead the game 2-0 at half-time but threw it all away when captain James Chester saw red.
We rate the player’s performances from another disappointing result for Steve Bruce’s men.
Mark Bunn – 5
We’ve got a real problem here, Bruce out, or Bruce out… Any promotion contender needs a goalkeeper they can trust. He should’ve dealt with Preston’s equaliser. His performances previously in his Villa career have hardly made a positive impression.
Ahmed Elmohamady – 7
Elmo looked better moving in advanced positions. He certainly provides a better attacking threat than Tuanzebe, demonstrated through a quality assist to open the scoring.
James Chester – 5
I can only give Chezzie a 5 because his red card did give all the momentum to Preston. Whether it was or wasn’t a penalty, the hole in the backline is a huge concern as he looks to be missing for trips to Millwall, Norwich and a home tie against Swansea.
Axel Tuanzebe – 6
Axel looks alert and physically capable to partner Chester. With Mile Jedinak picking up a hamstring knock, his contribution will be needed.
Alan Hutton – 5
Whilst Kodjia is hardly the defensive shield Alan needs when moving forward, his presence at the top end of the field does create another problem for a defence which is already worrying about the class and quality we hold.
Conor Hourihane – 6
Provided little in terms of an attacking threat, but kept the ball well. Shifting it with quality and pace to deny Preston a counter-attacking opportunity. However, like the rest of the side, the second half was a calamity without any pressure on the ball.
Birkir Bjarnason – 6
The Iceman was given another start since his impressive display at Ashton Gate last Friday. However, his place in the side is at the detriment of Jack Grealish’s impact on the game, as he’s thrown on the wing. A midfield trio of McGinn, Hourihane and Jack is the way forward.
John McGinn – 7
McGinn, as per, looked aggressive and energetic. The Scot is irreplaceable at the moment.
Jack Grealish – 6
Still hasn’t hit the highest we expect, but the first half wasn’t too shabby. Notably, Jack struck two long ranged shots at Chris Maxwell’s goal which he wouldn’t have last season, and we all know, as does he, that he needs to add more goals to his game.
Jonathan Kodjia – 6
Kodjia looked a menace up top, with Darnell Fisher unable to contain the Ivorian in the first half. He took his goal well and deserved it. After all, he looks a more complete forward with Abraham by his side.
Tammy Abraham – 6
Another goal for the Chelsea loanee – and goals is all we ask for. Hopefully, he can continue to take the chances when they come because, at the moment, chances are at a premium.