Aston Villa welcomed near neighbours West Bromwich Albion to Villa Park last Saturday for the Championship derby clash and all too predictably, we failed to turn up.
Despite dominating possession, and having one chance overall more in the game than the visitors managed, we only tested their keeper twice and the usually reliable Tammy Abraham stuttered, so despite less of the ball, their victory was pretty comfortable.
Vital Villa stalwart Villan57 gives us his player ratings from the match.
Sadly all those draws have started to turn into defeats. Same old midfield same results. Here are my player ratings for the match against the Baggies.
Kalinic: 5 Must have been concussed when the Baggies scored is all I can think. Was doing ok before he got kicked in the head.
Hutton: 5 Tried to drive us forward but he just hasn’t got it anymore.
Elphick: 6 Solid enough for me, couldn’t fault him.
Mings: 8 Bournemouth must be blessed with CB’s if this lad can’t get a game there. Just what we need as a captain?
Hause: 7 Thought he did well but looks like a CB playing at left back. He is one big unit.
Elmo: 6 Latest player to be put wide right, he’s a wingback, not a winger and despite his effort, it showed.
Whelan: 6 Puts in a shift and that’s all we can ask of him.
McGinn: 6 Things are not going for SJM and his booking will cost us, dear. Must be fed up of playing on his own.
Hourihane: 4 The goals and assists have dried up and there is little else to his game but he got an assist for Albion’s second.
Green: 6 Started as probably the only Villa player who can beat a man, kicked to bits in the first half as Albion realised he was the main danger.
Tammy: 5 Isolated, missed another sitter, which could have changed the game, never got a look in to be fair.
Steer: 6 Never had a thing to do as Albion shut up shop second half.
Koj: 6 Couldn’t conjure up that piece of magic that he used to do a couple of years ago.
Ramsey: 6 Looked lively and wanted the ball, which is a refreshing change. Let’s be honest none of us have seen him play before except maybe on AVTV for the youth team. Not easy coming into a big game like that but didn’t look phased at all.
Coach Smith: 5 Deano swapping wide players isn’t the answer, as you’ve noticed it has little effect.
Forum Thread from the game – usual caveat of some tasty language.