Villa 1-1 Leeds Player Ratings: excellent Jansson

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Pontus Jansson – thescratchingshed.com

Here are The Football Lab’s Player Rating’s for Aston Villa’s 1-1 draw with Leeds United.

Aston Villa

Mark Bunn – was not tested too much and made a hash of Jansson’s header from the corner. 3

Alan Hutton – mixed. Offered an outlet and was good defensively until the latter stages, when he struggled to stop Doukara moving inside. Crossing could have been better. 5
James Chester – came close with a header in the first half and defended with more aggression than we might normally expect. 8
Nathan Baker – made some good cross-field passes when Villa had a lot of the ball in the first half. Came under more pressure after the break. 6
Jordan Amavi – struggled with the pace of Sacko which led to dangerous situations. The sanity of anyone still willing to pay £25 million for him may be questioned. 2

Mile Jedinak – shrewd defensive positioning but hindered by a lack of mobility. May struggle with playing two games in three days. 4
Ashley Westwood – passed backwards a lot. One good piece of covering work on Sacko but hard to say he offers enough that is different to Jedinak. 3
Jack Grealish – looked to make things happen but often outnumbered and forced backwards. Had there been more runners around him dragging markers away he might have been more effective. 6
Leandro Bacuna – perhaps too similar to Hutton for both to play on the same flank. Works hard and likes to cross from deep, but lacks natural pace. 4

Jordan Ayew – did not look interested. The rise in energy and intensity from Villa when he came off was palpable. 2
Jonathan Kodjia – won the ball in the final third a lot in the first half and forced two good saves from Green, as well as the late penalty he scored. Decision making could have been better. 6

Ross McCormack (on 49) – looked lively when he came on. Could have been used more often. 7
Albert Adomah (on 78) – changed the game. Always offered himself and committed opposing defenders. 9
Rudy Gestede (on 78) – used his height and presence to force Cooper into the hand-ball that gave Villa the penalty. 8

Leeds United

Robert Green – saved from Kodjia on two occasions and only a penalty from the Ivorian denied him a clean sheet. 7

Luke Ayling – simple but effective. Took little time on the ball to move it forward and never left space in behind until one moment late on. 8
Pontus Jansson – forced to sacrifice territory for safety early on but always looked solid. Headed the goal and could have had a second shortly afterwards, when his shot hit the bar. 9
Liam Cooper – gave the ball away in dangerous areas early on. Looked to be improving in the second half before his daft hand-ball in the box. 5
Gaetano Berardi – his shrewd defending meant Villa’s right-wing crosses were all from deep. Went on one mazy run after the break. 7

Kalvin Phillips – worked hard throughout and shackled Grealish in the first half. Passing could have been better, particularly early on. 5
Liam Bridcutt – did the defensive work well and made one or two clever fouls. Rarely noticed in the opposing half. 6

Haidi Sacko – raw pace made him Leeds’ biggest threat on the break. A touch more composure in the final third would have given him an even higher score. 8
Kemar Roofe – struggled to have an impact. In the first half a lot of the balls played to him were in the air, hardly ideal for an attacking midfielder under six foot. 4
Stuart Dallas – with Phillips and Bridcutt sitting deep, he had the licence to attack Hutton more than he did. Worked hard though and put a good ball in for Jansson’s goal. 5

Souleymane Doukara – worked hard in the first half but to little avail. Grew more involved after the break. 6

Pablo Hernandez (on 57) – added some class to Leeds’ attacking play. 6
Chris Wood (on 69) – lacked the pace to stretch Villa’s defence, barring one good run. 5
Ronaldo Vieira (on 83)

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