Villa 2-1 Burton Player Ratings: bullish Baker

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Aston Villa 2-1 Burton Albion

Here are The Football Lab’s Player Ratings for Aston Villa’s 2-1 win over Burton Albion.

Aston Villa

Mark Bunn – until a good reflex save in injury time, arguably his biggest stop was from his own player in the first half. 5

Alan Hutton – got forward reasonably well in the first half but defensively poor. Gave Dyer too much space. 4
James Chester – at times he too readily backed off to stop Burton getting in behind. Made no mistakes but might have been braver. 5
Nathan Baker – provided some much-needed aggression in a defence that was otherwise unsure of itself. 8
Jordan Amavi – needed to provide more width given the absence of a left-footed winger. Slow to get out to Brayford. 3

Mile Jedinak – with four attacking players on the field, he could not press and assert himself as much as his critics expect. Did reasonably well from a defensive perspective. 6
Gary Gardner – taken off after a quiet first half. Might have performed better in a midfield trio. 4

Albert Adomah – produced in flashes and should have been used more. Assisted the opener and did well with the little possession he was given. 7
Leandro Bacuna – scored the opener, but his insistence on using his right foot when on the left slowed play down and contributed to Villa’s one-dimensional football. 4

Jonathan Kodjia – he was given little service in the first half. Livelier after the break, when Grealish’s quality among other things gave him more encouragement to run in behind. 6
Ross McCormack – scored the winner with unerring composure, but lacked pace and dynamism. 4

Jack Grealish (on 45) – gave Villa the link between midfield and attack that they had been lacking in the first half. Confident in possession. 8
Jordan Ayew (on 75) – looked bright when he came on and set up McCormack’s winner. 9
Gabriel Agbonlahor (on 86)

Burton Albion

Jon McLaughlin – one point-blank save from Kodjia when the whistle had already blown. Unable to save Burton when Villa had their chances. 3

John Mousinho – exposed at times in the second half. Did not have enough players just ahead of him closing down opposing players. 4
Kyle McFadzean – did well in some awkward one-on-one situations. Good performance. 7
Damien McCrory – considering the level Burton are playing at, an attacking left-back operating as a wide centre-back is not ideal. 3

John Brayford – put in some good balls including an assist for the equalizer. Could have shielded the space in behind him better. 6
Tom Naylor – played a good long range first half pass to create a chance, nearly won a penalty and had a header well saved in the dying moments. 7
Matty Palmer – one or two good passes from deep but struggled with the physical side of the game. 4
Jackson Irvine – quick to second balls but could have been more productive in possession. 5
Lloyd Dyer – Burton’s best player. Used his power to cause problems for Hutton and hit the post in the second half. 8

Jamie Ward – looked lively and linked play well. Scored a beautiful scissor kick to equalize. 7
Lucas Akins – worked hard but did not show much quality on the ball. 4

Chris O’Grady (on 57) – his lack of pace hindered one or two counter-attacks. Burton need a clinical striker. 4
Lee Williamson (on 69) – didn’t look out of place, but also didn’t impose himself in an attacking sense. 5

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