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Aston Villa 2 West Brom 2 - Villa player ratings

Matt Maher rates the Villa players following the 2-2 draw with Albion.

Villa v WBA match action
Villa v WBA match action

Emiliano Martinez

Such a calm presence between the sticks. Martinez was largely untroubled before Albion levelled from the spot. The busier of the two goalkeepers, couldn’t do much about the visitors’ second given the deflection. Produced an astounding save to stop Konsa putting into his own net.

Superb 8

Ahmed Elmohamady

Called upon due to Matty Cash’s suspension and did well to fill in. Kept Callum Robinson quiet throughout and saw a stunning volley saved by Johnstone in the second half. Didn’t see too many deliveries from the Egyptian, and faded as the game went on.

Filled in 6

Ezri Konsa

Desperately unlucky. Could consider himself unfortunate to have given away a penalty in the first half after replays showed minimal contact with Ainsley Maitland-Niles, but VAR didn’t overturn the decision. Went on to provide Albion with their second after slipping and allowing Diagne in on goal.

Unfortunate 5

Tyrone Mings

Always talking and adept in the air, it was much of the same from Mings in this one. Deflected Diagne’s strike into his own net in the second half when attempting to block the forward’s strike, will not enjoy being credited with an own goal.

Busy 7

Matt Targett

Linked up well with his flank compatriot El Ghazi, and gave Darnell Furlong issues when bombing forward. Deliveries maybe left a little to be desired, Matheus Pereira gave him serious problems, but he was a threat himself and didn’t fade out of the game at all.

A threat 6

Douglas Luiz

A mixed performance from the Brazilian, who was trying to buzz around the midfield and do his best to break up Albion attacks. Never really impacted the game going forward and is not playing at the level we’ve previously seen from him. Replaced with 15 minutes to play.

Mixed 6

John McGinn

Always provides energy, but his passing was hit and miss – more so in the first half. With Barkley ahead of him, McGinn didn’t have too much license to get forward. Credit to him, he never stopped trying to find forward passes.

Capable of more 5

Ross Barkley

Has suffered a freakish drop in form recently, but this was an improvement over previous outings. Won the penalty for El Ghazi to hand Villa an early lead, albeit going down softly. Quiet in the second half but for the odd flash. Hooked off late on.

Inconsistent 6

Anwar El Ghazi

Has a good record of scoring against the Baggies, and he kept to the script after neatly tucking away from the spot. Looked troublesome and confident when Villa moved forward and showed some lovely link-up play with Targett on the left flank.

Menacing 7

Ollie Watkins

Saw plenty of the ball in the first half, but often with his back to goal – did link up well with Villa’s midfield. Had one great chance saved well by Johnstone, but his hard work paid off when he nodded down for Davis to find the equaliser.

Always working 6

Bertrand Traore

Was the scourge of Albion at The Hawthorns earlier this season, but wasn’t quite as effective in this fixture. Did hit the post with one effort, but does frustrate and he floats in and out over every appearance.

Ineffective 5

Substitutes

Jacob Ramsey (for Ramsey, 77); Keinan Davis (for Barkley, 82) Brought on as Villa pushed to find a leveller late on and changed the game. Saw one effort hit the woodwork, but finally got his first Premier League goal after pouncing on indecision in Albion’s defence. A brilliant substitute appearance. Game changer. 8; Wesley (for Traore, 90). Subs not used: Heaton, Engels, Hause, Taylor, Nakamba, Philogene-Bidace.

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