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Player Ratings: Aston Villa 1-4 West Ham United - More questions asked after a fourth lose in row

Another woeful performance from Dean Smith’s men as pressure continues to ramp up at Villa Park. Here’s how Cole rated the lads in claret and blue!

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Emi Martinez: 4/10

Could have arguably done better on both of West Ham’s goals in the first half, but was completely left out to dry for the two goals in which followed in the second half. His recent struggles perfectly exemplify the lack of confidence in this side as of late.

Matty Cash: 5/10

Looked like one of the only lively players on the day as he actively looked to get forward and had a couple attempts on West Ham’s goal throughout the game, but failed to hit the target. Getting Cash involved in positive moments of possession going forward will be key in terms of Villa picking up points.

Ezri Konsa: 3/10

Was sent off in the 50th minute of the match after fouling Jarrod Bowen in what was determined as the Villa defender denying the West Ham man a clear passage through on goal. Albeit a frustrating call from the match official, Konsa wasn’t commanding enough at times.

Kortney Hause: 2/10

Was actively overran on a number of occasions while Villa had 11 men on the pitch and it only got worse once Konsa was sent off. Could have easily been sent off for his poor challenge seconds before Konsa’s eventual foul on Bowen.

Matty Targett: 3/10

Struggled to maintain possession when on the ball and looked rather lost at times. A complete shadow of himself when you compare this season’s performances compared to last season’s.

John McGinn: 4/10

Showed bits of quality throughout the game, but struggled to get into any rythm.

Marvelous Nakamba: 5/10

Was all over the pitch on the day and truly looked up for the challenge, but better decisions when passing the ball were needed on a number of occassions.

Jacob Ramsey: N/A

Taken off in the 15th minute after suffering an injury to what looked to have been his ankle. A clear sign of Villa’s luck on the day.

Emi Buendia: 4/10

Provided the assist for Ollie Watkins’ equalizer at 1-1, but struggled to grow into the match any further. Aside from the assist, we need to see Buendia player a full game out on the right - he’s clearly not a central attacking midfielder.

Ollie Watkins: 7/10

Scored a goal and hit the woodwork after Lukasz Fabianski’s finger tips pushed the ball towards the frame of the goal. Was back to his best at times and with more support going forward, could of had a few more scoring opportunitites.

Leon Bailey: 5/10

Looked very lively at times, but was often let down by his teammates, with little help to support his attacking runs throughout the match.


SUBSTITUTES:

Ashley Young (15 mins): 3/10

In a bizzare turn of events, Young was brought on as a central midfielder and it clearly showed that the experienced professional was out of place as he struggled to cope with several battles in the midfield.

Tyrone Mings (52 mins): 4/10

Helped push Villa onwards following Konsa’s red card, but was eventually overran after Villa collapsed following Pablo Fornals’ foul on Marvelous Nakamba.

Anwar El Ghazi (72 mins): N/A


MAN OF THE MATCH: Ollie Watkins

With a goal in the first half and nearly a second after Aston Villa went down to 10 men, the forward did everything you could have asked of him on the day. It was clear for all to see that Watkins works much better in the lone striker role and hopefully it’ll prove to be the difference against Southampton on Friday.

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