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Player Ratings: Aston Villa 2-2 West Bromwich Albion

A West Midlands derby that didn’t disappoint the neutrals and left Aston Villa all but confirming West Brom’s relegation with a last-gasp equalizer. Let’s see how Seb rated Dean Smith’s men...

Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images

Emi Martínez: 8/10

An eventful evening saw the Villa goalkeeper play a crucial role in earning his side a point against West Midlands rivals, West Brom. The two goals were unlucky on the Villa keeper, with one being a penalty and the other an own goal, however, it could have been two own goals if not for a spectacular reflex save to tip the ball over the bar. The Argentine’s handling was solid, giving no openings to the opposition attackers and was quick and precise with his short distribution.

Ahmed Elmohamady: 7/10

The Egyptian stood in for suspended Matty Cash on this occasion and had an enjoyable affair. He carried the ball forward well, offering three vital key passes and having a stunning volley saved from ex-Villa shot stopper, Sam Johnstone. When in attacking transition, the veteran delivered dangerous crosses into the opposition area, but to no avail as the towering figures of the opposition defense denied any opportunity for a Villa player to get a solid connection on the ball.

Ezri Konsa: 6/10

The center-back uncharacteristically struggled for his usual authority on this occasion after conceding possession in a sloppy manner and allowing the opposition to counter attack swiftly. However, he was dominating aerial battles - winning eight of the ten headed opportunities. Also, an out of character lack of judgement saw the youngster concede a penalty in a moment where the opposition hardly had a sniff of the ball; consequently handing momentum in a game of small margins before then later slipping in possession and giving the ball to the opposition striker, who forced an own goal out of defensive partner, Tyrone Mings.

Tyrone Mings: 6/10

An unfortunate deflection from the defender saw him turn the ball into the back of his own net to hand the visitors the lead just after the half-time interval. The England international dominated in the air whilst lacking in his ground duels. The experienced presence of the stand-in captain was disappointing as the high line held by the defense was breached with ease from long balls from the opposition defense.

Matt Targett: 8/10

Arguably the English left-backs best performance since making the move to B6 from the South Coast just under two years ago. His attacking presence was out on full display as the opposition defense failed to cut out his link-up play with the winger. Confidence on the ball was brimming, helping to drive his team forward and provide attacking outlet when in attacking phases.

Douglas Luiz: 6/10

The Brazilian was quiet in possession, failing to provide the telling pass in order to breach the opposition defense. He was holding a two of hearts in a game that needed an ace of spades; slowing down possession and breaking the link of a potential attacking outlet.

John McGinn: 6/10

The Scotsman found himself in a position situated further back then the one occupied in the last outing when he found himself on the score sheet. Consequently, his attacking desire was non-existent. He also found himself dropping further back to support the defense, but ended up conceding possession on multiple occasions - gifting the ball back to the opposition and failing to gain momentum for the home side.

Ross Barkley: 7/10

The Chelsea loanee got his afternoon off to a positive start with the majority of the opening proceedings being run through him. This was then emphasized as he won the penalty to put the home side ahead. He was strong in possession and authoritative in attacking phases of play, helping to link the midfield into attack swiftly. However, potentially down to fitness, he saw himself substituted not long before the end. Certainly a more positive outing in a bid to convince the club to sign him permanently in the summer.

Anwar El Ghazi: 7/10

The winger linked up well with full-back, Matt Targett, creating dangerous under laps. He converted his penalty with impressive execution, continuing his impressive goal scoring record against the Baggies. His crosses and corners were effective, often being placed into a dangerous area of the six-yard box.

Bertrand Traoré: 6/10

The Burkina Faso international struggled to create a menacing impact on the game; unable to work himself into dangerous positions in the oppositions area. He was often ten to fifteen yards further back than he should be, giving himself too much to do to wriggle into a shooting opportunity. The one time he crept forward, he ended up hitting the post from a tight angle with his weaker foot.

Ollie Watkins: 6/10

The strikers hold up play aided the home team in easing into the attacking transition of play as he linked the ball well between the center of midfield and the flanks; acting as the missing jigsaw piece to link together. However, his finishing was severely lacking as he wasted many an opportunity. The most severe being a one on one in which he uncharacteristically placed straight at the opposition goalkeeper where previously you would have backed him to score.

Jacob Ramsey (SUB): 6/10

Keinan Davis (SUB): 8/10

Wesley (SUB): N/A