COMMENT By Danny Wright
Aston Villa delivered a huge blow to Birmingham’s hopes of Championship survival as the second city derby returned to Villa Park on Sunday.
Gabriel Agbonlahor came off the bench in the second-half to score the only goal in the game as Steve Bruce and his men marched on to a 1-0 victory.
Harry Redknapp, who was in charge of his first game for Birmingham, now sees his side just two points clear of the relegation zone with two games to play.
It was a huge win for Villa and their fans, but there were still a number of players who didn’t look up for the fight in the encounter and here, Football Insider analyses their three worst performers.
Villa fans must be getting increasingly frustrated with how Grealish has failed to reach his potential at the club. The attacker is an Aston Villa lad, born-and-bred, and should have put his body on the line in what is arguably his biggest game of the season. Instead the 21-year-old was bulled by Birmingham and simply did not look up to the task at all. He was thoroughly outshone by derby-day specialist Agbonlahor in the encounter, despite the 30-year-old not scoring in 14 months prior to Sunday.
The 25-year-old has done little this season to prove that he deserves to play in the claret and blue any longer. Villa are bound to spend big in the summer transfer window as they look to return to the Premier League and after his display against Blues, Bacuna should find his place at the club under threat. He was nothing short of terrible against Redknapp’s men but somehow managed to complete 90 minutes. According to WhoScored, his pass accuracy was a measly 75 per cent and he failed to complete a dribble all game.
It was certainly an afternoon to forget for the January signing who had a lot of weight on his shoulders as club top goalscorer Jonathan Kodjia was suspended. Hogan did little to prove that he is capable of playing in the lone striker role and offered next to nothing in front of goal. The 24-year-old only fired one shot at the visiting ‘keeper all game and on that occasion it would have been better if he left the ball to fall to Albert Adomah – who was in a better position to take the shot.
In other Aston Villa news, Stan Collymore has sent this hilarious message to fans after the Birmingham win.