RATED: Brighton Bossed – Aston Villa Player Ratings.

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  • (7) Gollini – A quiet evening for the steadily improving Italian ‘keeper.  Whilst kicking remains a weakness, a superb second half save when unsighted shows his true potential.
  • (5) Hutton – For all of the effort, the recently retired Scottish international struggled throughout.  Poor in possession, the hard work put in to obtain the ball was all too easily undone on countless occasions.
  • (7) Chester – Growing in stature.  A mostly composed performance, comfortable on the ball & striking up an interesting partnership with Baker.
  • (7) Baker – A fine headed goal capped another impressive display.  Baker has all of the physical attributes to progress at this level & also appears to have added consistency to his locker.
  • (6) Amavi – A number of clever defensive actions over 90 minutes, offset by frequent moments of indecision.  Had erractic assistance from Kodjia & struggled with the physicality at times.
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  • (6) Westwood – Harried & battled all evening.  To his credit played a couple of clever incisive balls.  Can be prone to dallying on the ball & as guilty as any in the middle for the equaliser.
  • (8) Jedinak – Another commanding display in central midfield.  The Australian international, looked as though he hadn’t been around the world at all.  Long may it continue.
  • (6) Gardner (Subbed 67th minute) – Another hard-working display with some clever interplay.  Struggled with the pace of the game as it wore on.
  • (9) Adomah – MOTM – Best showing in a Villa shirt to date, terrorising the Brighton defence with bursts of pace and a barrage of crosses.  A constant threat.
  • (3) Agbonlahor (Subbed 55th minute)  – A lacklustre performance, demonstrating little match sharpness & perhaps Bruce’s only mistake.
  • (6) Kodjia – Grew into the game after little luck out wide.  Benefited from Grealish’s introduction.  Produced moments of trickery and implausible physical strength.
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  • Substitutes
  • (7) Grealish (67th Minute) – A 25 minute cameo that suggested once against that much promise lies with Jack.  Whilst unplayable at times, there is a lack of urgency at times, allowing opportunities to slip away.
  • (6) Ayew (55th Minute) – Struggled to establish himself into the game but a willing runner.  Unlucky in the latter stages after hard work, only to see a near perfect through ball intercepted.  Remains a frustration.

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