By Danny Wright

25th Feb, 2017 | 4:58pm

Too many new faces: Three things we learned about Aston Villa in win v Derby

COMMENT By Danny Wright

Football Insider analyses three talking points from Aston Villa’s 1-0 victory against Derby in the Championship on Saturday.

Too many new faces 

Villa have made a lot of signings this season and spent a lot of money in the process. However throwing money at a problem is not always a good way to cure things. There were already some talented players at Villa Park before the season started. Alan Hutton has seen his form improve over the past couple of years and the inclusion of Nathan Baker, Leandro Bacuna and Andre Green, who all played for the club before this season started, brought Villa their first win since Boxing Day. Bruce has been too keen to throw in as many new signings as possible, but players need time to gel and these four have all played alongside each other before this season began – which is something that Villa definitely missed for the past two months.

James Chester is a Premier League centre-back

The Welshman didn’t have too many chances to impress Tony Pulis at West Bromwich Albion last season, but after a good performance at Euro 2016 the player has improved leaps and bounds. It’s not very often you can say a player has such an influence at both ends of the pitch in one game. The 28-year-old’s performance against the Rams saw him not only score the winning goal, but also play a massive part in a winning defence worthy of a clean sheet. Darren Bent is one of the Championship’s best strikers, but Chester dealt with everything the ex-Villa striker could throw at him. The fans can count themselves very lucky to have a player of this quality in their side.

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More goals are needed

As good as it is having a centre-back score the only goal – Villa needed a second goal in the game. Jonathan Kodjia was ineffective all afternoon and was at the brunt of criticism from the fans for his poor first half. Bruce must have told his team to settle for the score at half-time as they barely threatened in the second period. The former Hull and Sunderland manager must ensure his team is seeing games out because Derby were very unlucky not to get themselves an equaliser. If Villa pressed after Chester opened the scoring and grabbed another, their afternoon would have been a lot less stressful.

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