[Editor’s Note] Every match, Liam - our young writer - selects a ‘man of the match’ - win, lose or draw. Today, John McGinn gets the nod. Thanks Liam!
On a cold Monday night within the walls of Villa Park underneath the illuminating floodlights, one emotion prevailed among the Villa faithful, frustration! Despite 50% of Aston Villa’s shots being on target, 10 men West Ham held on for a point against Dean Smith’s side with the Hammers’ full-back Arthur Masuaku being sent off in the 67th minute.
After only 3 points in their opening 4 games, the Villans were aiming for their second consecutive win at home this season. During their first home win against Everton the boys in claret & blue were productive and clinical with their frontline proving to be a consistent nuisance for Everton’s defence however today the home side missed the decisive touch. Brazilian striker Wesley missed two great chances to put Villa ahead and McGinn went close with several shots from outside the box but neither side possessed the clinicality that a Premier League side needs in order to stay up. If there is one Aston Villa player who proved to be decisive in a tense environment then that would be the Scottish midfielder John McGinn.
The former Hibernian midfielder’s artfulness and tenacity proved to be one of the positives to take from last night’s match with the Scotsman proving once again that his £3 million transfer fee from Hibernian to Villa was a bargain. He proved to be one of the most consistent players on the pitch in terms of positively contributing to the match with McGinn testing the goalkeeper on a number of occasions with shots and consistently linked up play when his side were in possession. Even though the performance from the home side was disappointing, John McGinn proved to be one of the few players in claret and blue who remained professional and put in a great performance.
“Positivity needs to be the predominant emotion in order for us to thrive as a football club!”