COMMENT By Matt Bullin
Aston Villa slipped to a disappointing 1-0 loss at the hands of Blackburn on Saturday afternoon.
Steve Bruce’s side put in a thoroughly underwhelming performance as Danny Graham’s second half winner proved enough to be the difference between the sides.
The Villans now sit 12th in the Championship and look set for a mid-table finish, after being relegated from the Premier League last season.
A number of Villa players failed to impress at Ewood Park, but here are the three worst performers.
The Irish midfielder was brought back into the fold by Bruce having missed the Birmingham derby and he failed to impress. He was hauled off after 70 minutes as his manager brought on Albert Adomah, who arguably should have started the match. The 26-year-old was starved of the ball by a mixture of Rovers’ high press and his team mates inability to find him – but even when he did get the ball he did nothing of use with it.
The usually dependable defender was at fault for Blackburn’s goal and generally had a shocker. His poor pass was easily intercepted by Jason Lowe, who played in Graham to score. Baker looked nervy before that moment, and even more so after it. In a first half which saw Rovers mount an offensive on the Villa goal, Baker looked all at sea and did little to help out his defensive partner, James Chester. Chester had to be on hand on several occasions to clear away after Baker dallied on the ball in dangerous areas.
Much was expected of Lansbury when he arrived from Nottingham Forest in January, and he has failed to deliver. The 26-year-old has failed to score or provide an assist in the league since his arrival. He never looked like producing anything and even though he was employed in a deeper position by Bruce, he did not help out in defence either. He was substituted after 63 minutes as his manager looked to freshen up his side with a formation change.
In other Aston Villa news, here are our player ratings of the Villa side after their defeat to Blackburn.