Player Ratings v Fulham
It wasn’t a vintage performance but never the less it was a much needed win thanks to a injury time goal from Austrian Andreas Weimann.
Shay Given 6 – Had very little to do, but was strong and alert when called upon. Denied former Small Heath forward Andrew Johnson in probably Fulham’s best opportunity
Alan Hutton 8 – A solid performance from the full back and probably his best in a Villa shirt. Looked to help in attack at every given opportunity
Stephen Warnock 7 – Back to the Stephen Warnock that got into the World Cup squad in South Africa a couple of years ago. Although this is only one performance and he must build on this.
Carlos Cuellar 7 – Another solid performance from the Spaniard and Villa now process 2 clean sheets from the last three the centre half has started. He just compliments either James Collins or Richard Dunne for me.
James Collins 7 – For those who know me, will know I am not a massive fan of the Welsh defender however I felt he had another solid and comfortable performance yesterday. He is starting to win me over slowly.
Chris Herd 7 – Many peoples man of the match but I still have question marks over the Aussie. Don’t get me wrong, he gave 100% again yesterday, but he is not the best when it comes to passing or tackling and effort alone might night be enough to control the midfield in the Premiership for years to come.
Stiliyan Petrov 6 – He tried, and had four shots on goal without really troubling Mark Schwarzer in the Fulham goal. He wasn’t at his best yesterday however the Villa midfield just isn’t the same without the Bulgarian.
Charles N’Zogbia 6 – Was probably the right decision to take of the winger as he drifted in and out of the game – out more than in. Needs to be more consistent
Marc Albrighton 6 – The one downfall for Marc Albrighton is his crossing, and it let him down once again yesterday. Had several chances to cross the ball from open play and corners but continued to disappoint in this department.
Stephen Ireland 7 – Another consistent performance from the play-maker and he is starting to show why Villa signed him in the first place. Everything we do going forward, Stephen seems to be involved in – even if not spectacular. Also worked hard in tracking back yesterday helping defend whenever he could.
Gabriel Agbonlahor 6 – Never really looked like scoring but run from start to end. Maybe he should of done better with the one opportunity he did have, but was denied by a good save from Schwarzer. Could never fault his effort and ran non stop.
Barry Bannan 6 – The young Scot started the move that let to the winner and his fantastic passing ability is a joy to watch. Really needs to start pushing for a starting place.
Andreas Weimann 7 – A hero in the making? Although it was not pretty he scored the winner and did exactly what is expected of a poacher. Now he has his first goal in the first team, he needs to push on and not fade like others have done in the past.
Gary Gardner 7 – His sizzling shot led to the goal and this young lad will be a star in the very near future. The one pass he made when he switched the ball from one side of the pitch to the other is one that Matt Le Tissier would have been proud of in his day.
The Manager 7 – Weather you like the man or not, he made the right substitutes just when I thought there was no plan B. All three players he brought on were involved in the winning goal. The pressure may be off him for now, but fans will demand another performance and victory when Bolton come to Villa Park a week Tuesday.
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