Earlier today, Aston Villa saw off Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park with a 2-0 win. Goals from Matt Targett and John McGinn secured all three points in Croydon, and Steven Gerrard’s 100% win record as Villa boss goes on.
Emi Martinez – 7/10
Martinez didn’t really have a fat lot to do in between the sticks for Villa. He made two good saves with around ten minutes to go. One when Christian Benteke set himself for an overhead kick – Martinez made a good reaction save. Another when Gallagher set Edouard who let fly. Martinez kept the Frenchman out. There was a slight scare when Michael Olise whipped a corner in and Martinez spilt it, however the danger was cleared by his backline. To summarise, he didn’t do too much, but was good when called upon.
Matty Cash – 7/10
Cash has been one of Villa’s best players so far this season. He has improved his game both going forward and defensively, and he even got his first Premier League goal not long back against Everton. Today, he was quite good. He managed to stop flair players like Zaha and Olise from creating anything spectacular. He didn’t have much to do when it came to attacking, however, he was defensively very solid, and that’s what you need to be when you’re up against the likes of Zaha.
Ezri Konsa – 7/10
Another player who did nothing spectacular, however, keeping players like Zaha, Edouard, Olise, Eze and Gallagher at bay is worth a decent rating. He didn’t make any mistakes, he didn’t look shaky anyway. A solid performance from Konsa.
Tyrone Mings – 8/10
Villa skipper Tyrone Mings looks back to his best under the new gaffer Steven Gerrard. Last week against Brighton, he put in an excellent performance and got on the scoresheet, and today against Brighton’s rivals Palace. The way he carries the ball out looking to create things from deep is special.
Matt Targett – 9/10
After having a very poor start to the season, Matt Targett looks back to his best under the new manager, like Mings. He was quite good against Brighton last week, but was even better this week, and got on the scoresheet too. Definitely his best performance so far this season.
Marvelous Nakamba – 9/10
A player who goes under the radar, but does the dirty work and breaks up play. Nakamba was simply excellent today. If he was a bit more consistent, he would be good enough to start every week for Villa, because that performance today was astonishing. He stopped the in form Conor Gallagher from creating any clear cut chances, and overall, was great.
John McGinn – 10/10
McGinn on his day is unmatchable. Today, his energy and desire was something every player should want. He was great at breaking up play, he was great at carrying the ball, he was great at looking for openings and creating chances, but most important of all, he was great at finding the back of the net after finessing a beauty into the Palace net to make it 2-0 with five minutes to go. A man of the match performance.
Jacob Ramsey – 7/10
Someone that is getting better every game is youngster Jacob Ramsey. He has changed so much from when Dean Smith gave him his debut against West Brom in the Championship back in February 2019, to now, playing under one of the best midfielders of all time in Steven Gerrard. He’s only gonna continue to develop when being coached by one of the greats. Today, he was pretty quiet, didn’t create much, but his work rate and desire to do well for his boyhood club is something special.
Ashley Young – 9/10
Ashley Young rolled back the years with another great performance. Many were baffled to see him starting on the left hand side, however after making an impact off the bench last week, a start was fully deserved, and you’d think a start against Man City on Wednesday is in order as well, because he was simply brilliant today. He is a footballer who is proving that age is just a number and is defying all expectations by putting in great performances at the top level at the grand age of thirty six. He’s a veteran, he’s a leader and he’s a winner. He’s won numerous things in the game, and that’s good to have in a squad. A great performance from Young today.
Leon Bailey – 6/10
A player who it didn’t really happen for today was Leon Bailey. He struggled to get a foot hold in the game, he didn’t look at his best when it came to taking on players, which is usually a strength in his game. Overall, a disappointing performance from Bailey, and one he’ll be looking to put right on his next opportunity.
Douglas Luiz – 6/10
Douglas Luiz came off the bench in the 65th minute, and was shown a red card in the 75th minute. However, the red card was rescinded. The challenge on Kouyate was not sending off worthy, and he stayed on the pitch till the final whistle. He didn’t do a fat lot in the twenty five minutes he played, but he played a beauty of a ball out wide in the build up to Villa’s second goal, and was also good defensively in the closing minutes as Villa defended their lead.
Anwar El Ghazi & Emi Buendia – N/A
El Ghazi and Buendia simply didn’t play enough minutes for a fair assessment or rating. El Ghazi came on with ten to go, and Buendia, five. They both played big parts in McGinn’s goal, in fact, El Ghazi actually set McGinn up. However, apart from that, they didn’t do enough to warrant a rating in the short periods they played.
A solid performance on the road as Steven Gerrard takes his record as a Premier League manager from one win in one, to two wins in two. The Villa squad will be full of confidence as they host the champions Manchester
City on Wednesday.