Another loss. Dreary Football. Wouldn’t mind losing if the football was at least entertaining. The game ended with all of the players with their heads down, looking defeated. Here are the player ratings for tonight’s game:
Sam Johnstone – 6
Once again, not his fault.
Neil Taylor – 4
Created issues from the off and was caught out of position a number of times in the early game.
John Terry – 3
Haven’t seen anything to show why we signed him. Just a big name and a big ego in the heart of defence.
James Chester – 3
Looks like he’s missing Nathan Baker.
Ritchie De Laet – 3
At fault for one of the goals. Would have rather seen Bree ahead of him.
Glenn Whelan – 3
Scored an own goal, or at least played a massive part in it. Can see why Stoke weren’t bothered about him leaving.
Conor Hourihane – 6 (Our Villa Man of the Match)
Scored Villa’s late goal. Ran a country mile on the pitch, chased players and passed decently well. Glad to see him playing a full 90 minutes.
Josh Onomah – 5
Struggled with the pace of the game, wanted to see more of him.
Andre Green – 5
Really should have buried the chance he had early on. Struggled to run with the ball, nevermind anything else.
Birkir Bjarnason – 4
Hasn’t had a REAL chance to adapt to the English game and looks that way.
Scott Hogan – 4
Didn’t do much in the time before he was taken off injured. Can only hope it’s a knock.
Gabby Agbonlahor – 5
Didn’t do much. Assisted Hourihane and that’s about the only noteworthy thing.
Alan Hutton – 6
Looked a darn sight better than De Laet when he came on to the pitch. Hope he’s learned from the defeat at Cardiff.
Albert Adomah – 6
Put in a fair bit of effort once he’d come on to the pitch, firing a few crosses into the box.