Aston Villa suffered their first defeat at Villa Park under Dean Smith to Leeds United. They threw a 2-0 lead away to lose 3-2 with the last kick of the game.

See how we rated the starting XI:

Orjan Nyland – 5

It goes without saying that Orjan’s days are numbered as Villa’s number 1. New recruit Love Kalinic will take his place and the difference will show.

Ahmed Elmohamady – 3

Two games on the trot Elmo has been at fault for two goals – both avoidable. It’s the basics of defending in wide areas that have punished us on too many occasion already this season.

James Chester – 5

Chester was beaten to the ball by Jansson to give up the lead. Yet the Swede wasn’t letting anyone get in the way of him.

James Bree – 5

Thrown in the deep end against the movement and guile of a well drilled Leeds side that tore the defensive shape up at times.

Alan Hutton -5

Like Elmohamady, Hutton also struggled to cope in wide areas and also failed to get out of a defensive shape when we retrieved the ball.

John McGinn – 8

McGinn was outstanding again. A player that will attract great interest if we fail to complete the job this season. However, he let the occasion get the better of him at times, but for the most part, he didn’t put a foot wrong.

Glenn Whelan – 6

Whelan was running on empty come the 70th minute but managed to cope with the movement and pace of the Leeds front line at least for an hour.

Conor Hourihane – 7

A trademark Conor strike doubled the advantage that in reality always looked vulnerable with the defensive frailties we are experiencing at the moment.

Yannick Bolasie – 6

Has the beating of most, if not all fullbacks in the league. We need to see him on the ball more often. For the most part, his delivery whether it be from his left or right side causes trouble for opposing defenders.

Jonathan Kodjia – 7

His neat footwork opened up space for Hourihane’s goal. Kodjia’s game has been taken to higher levels since the competition in wide areas has increased.

Tammy Abraham – 7

Showed real moments of quality, even after taking his goal well.


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