RATINGS: West Brom away

A controversial late goal from West Brom gave them a share of the points at the Hawthorns. Villa looked comfortable and will probably rue missing so many chances.

We take a look at the performances of those who started the game at the Hawthorns.

Orjan Nyland – 6

Nyland still persists on flapping at crosses. With Tom Heaton, a reported target in January, the Norweigan’s days could be numbered as Villa’s number one.

Alan Hutton – 7

Although he lost a key 50/50 with Harvey Barnes, West Brom’s danger man was kept quiet by the Scot for the most part. An overall decent display by Hutton who will take left-back duties next week.

James Chester – 8

Dealt with every cross superbly and put in a shift that West Brom fans will be impressed by since leaving the club on bad terms two seasons ago.

Axel Tuanzebe – 7

Tuanzebe’s night was always going to be tricky. Dealing with two dangerous forwards more than capable of netting 20+ this term, but he looked composed and comfortable.

Neil Taylor – 7

Taylor was comfortable in dealing with Matt Phillips for an hour, a real thorn in many sides this season.

Conor Hourihane – 6

A couple of loose, misplaced passes from Conor at the Hawthorns. But he kept the ball moving quickly when in the final third.

John McGinn – 7

Chases every ball and will never give a moments rest to his opposite number. Gareth Barry’s age really showed against the tenacious Scot.

Jack Grealish – 6

Still, need a bit more from Jack. His confidence seems to be reborn with John Terry and Dean Smith giving him belief that he could lead his boyhood club back to the big time.

Yannick Bolasie – 7

Although Bolasie saw little of the ball, when he does get it, full-backs will always struggle to shrug him off it. His quality from crosses are also a real threat to any Championship defence. Especially if Tammy Abraham can rediscover his scoring form quickly after the sitter’s he missed.

El Ghazi impressed against West BromAnwar El-Ghazi – 8

His second strike demonstrated the abundance of quality this lad has. He looks sharp and quick for a tall winger. Although he did leave Hutton isolated on a few occasions against Gibbs and Barnes.

Tammy Abraham – 4

Missing the two chances he did put Villa in real jeopardy of leaving the Hawthorns empty-handed, and so it proved.



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