By Matt Bullin

Football Insider rates the Aston Villa players after their 1-0 defeat to Blackburn at Ewood Park in the Championship this afternoon.

Johnstone 7 – He made a fine save in the 37th minute to deny Nyambe. The 24-year-old could not do anything about Graham’s goal and had little else to do all game in truth.

Hutton 6 – Looked solid defensively throughout, and was one of Villa’s main attacking threats, however this is not too much of  a compliment as midfielders were poor.

Chester 6 – Made a few key clearances and blocks in the first period as Villa defended frantically. But overall they would expect more leadership and organisation from their skipper.

Baker 4 – Looked shaky throughout and played a dreadful ball which allowed Lowe to intercept and play in Graham to score Blackburn’s first.

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Taylor 6 – Had a lot of the ball throughout but failed to do anything positive with it, but the Welshman was rarely troubled in defence.

Lansbury 3 – Failed to make an impact throughout and was hauled off mid-way through the second period as Bruce switched to a more attacking formation.

Gardner 4 – Made one promising run and several key interventions in defence in the first half. Did nothing of note in the second period.

Hourihane 3 – Another man that failed to make any impact while he was on the pitch. The Irish man has been in fine form this season, contributing to 23 goals, but he did not have a sniff this afternoon.

Bacuna 6 – Showed glimpses of quality in the first half, but he could not get on the ball enough. Had more of the ball in the second period, he tried hard although there was little end product.

Kodjia 5 – Was anonymous in the first 45, and substituted off after 70 minutes. The Ivorian lacked service from his teammates and was reduced to chasing long, hopeful balls for most of the time he was on the pitch.

Hogan 5 – The Salford-born striker has only scored once since he returned from a foot injury in March and he failed to look dangerous in front of goal again.  He did not have a single shot on goal and was fruitless in his attempts to link with Kodjia.

Subs

Agbonlahor 5 (On for Lansbury 63′) – He was the hero last week for Villa, but this time he was poor when he came on.

Grealish (On for Kodjia 70′) – Looked bright after his late introduction but did not have enough time to make a real contribution.

Adomah 5 (On for Hourihane 70′) – Failed to make any kind of impact.

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