Ratings: How we marked Villa


By Graham Hill

JED STEER: Had little to do compared to his opposite number in the City goal, his defence protected him well but he did have to pick the ball out of the net late on 6

AHMED ELMOHAMADY: Another encouraging performance by a player who has also rediscovered his form in recent weeks, got forward well, was creative 7

MILE JEDNAK: The Australia defender has come off the sidelines to fill in for the suspended Tyrone Mings, and he back up his display at Rotherham with another accomplished performance 7

AXEL TUANZEBE: Looked very confident at the back, calm and collected on the ball, players like this are coming back to fitness at just the right time 7

NEIL TAYLOR: Another player seemingly getting a new lease of life as part of Villa’s play-off push, he was involved in may of Villa’s key attacks as well helping to keep City’s forwards at bay 8

GLENN WHELAN: Captain for the day with Jack Grealish out through injury, the Irishman delivered again in midfield to show boss Smith he is ready to do his bit to help Villa finish in the top six 7

CONOR HOURIHANE: Scored what turned out to be the winner and won the penalty that broke the deadlock, he could have had more goal and the he impressed yet again in a competitive midfield 8

JOHN MCGINN: What more is there to be said about this man? Only an outstanding display in goal from City’s Max O’Leary stopped him snorting and the first question after the game was ‘Have you stopped running yet?’ 8

ANWAR EL GHAZI: While others have been grabbing the headlines, El Ghazi has proved invaluable for Villa, created chances and made things happen all day 8

ALBERT ADMOMAH: The Villa wide man was another one unlucky not to be on the scoresheet, he headed against the post in the first half and put another chance just wide from 20 yards near the end 7

TAMMY ABRAHAM: Showed he was not afraid to step up and take another penalty after missing against Rotherham, he scored goal No24 for the season against his former club, came off near the end with a hamstring problem but it was a precaution 7

SUBS: HENRI LANSBURY (For Hourihane, 80mins): Did little wrong when he came on and played his part as Villa laid siege to the City goal in the latter stages 6

KEINAN DAVIS: (for Abraham, 72mins) Looked eager to get on the scoresheet when he came on, had a decent chance to score and caused problems 7

NOT USED: Sarkic, Green, Bjarnason, Hutton, Ramsey.

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