Aston Villa player ratings v Wigan: Homegrown ace is 9/10
By Will Butcher
Football Insider rates the Aston Villa players after they secured a late 1-0 win against Wigan on Saturday at Villa Park.
Pierluigi Gollini 6 – Had little to do in the Villa goal as Wigan were forced to set up camp in their own half.
Alan Hutton 6 – Combative display from the Scotland international, but offered
James Chester 7 – Solid at the back although largely untested. Fifth clean sheet of the season for Chester.
Tommy Elphick 7 – Starting to form a solid partnership with Wales international James Chester, looked solid.
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Jordan Amavi 6 – Lack of composure and temperament on show once again by pulling Luke Garbutt’s shirt. Heavily involved but failed to have an impact.
Gary Gardner 8 – Arguably Villa’s best player. He won vital interceptions, ratted around in the middle of the park and looked to create attacking openings.
Mile Jedinak – 7 Kept things simple, one possession back multiple times. Had a long-range strike in second half that was comfortably saved.
Albert Adomah 6 – Used his pace to good effect as he hassled defenders. Supplied Kodjia with a golden chance in first half, but was withdrawn for Gestede in last 15.
Jack Grealish 9 – Looked lively in his more suited position behind the striker and finally found the breakthrough late on with a superb curling effort into the top corner. The homegrown ace was the best player on show.
Jordan Ayew 7 – A consistently good performer at the moment, but could not provide the cutting edge in the final third against a defensive Wigan side.
Jonathan Kodjia 8 – Held the ball up well and brought others into the game, miss a golden chance but was head and shoulders above.
Ross McCormack (On for Gardner, 60 mins) 5
Rudy Gestede (On for Adomah 76 mins) 6
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