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Player Ratings: Aston Villa 1-2 Leicester City - Error-prone display as the Villans lose

An afternoon without talisman, Jack Grealish, saw the home team never really get going against top four chasers, Leicester City. Two defensive errors early in the first half allowed the away team to rest on their morals. Here’s how Seb rated the lads...

Aston Villa v Leicester City - Premier League Photo by Rui Vieira - Pool/Getty Images

Emi Martínez: 5/10

An afternoon where the goalkeeper failed to shine in an abject defensive display.

Other than the two goals, the Argentine didn’t find himself with that much to do; he will have to take a share of the blame after his spilled ball gifted Leicester a second goal and something to hold on to.

Ahmed Elmohamady: 4/10

The Egyptian found himself tasked with the responsibility of filling injured right-back, Matty Cash’s boots.

However, in his colleagues absence, he failed to step up to the required standard; often finding himself caught on the back foot, chasing the ball, and being found out of position.

He will also be disappointed in his role of conceding the second goal after failing to anticipate the opportunity to clear the loose ball.

Elmo was effective in the closing stages, putting some dangerous crosses into the box in which as a side, Villa failed to capitalize on.

Ezri Konsa: 5/10

The young, ambitious center-back struggled to deal with pacey veteran, Jamie Vardy, and often found himself tasked with covering the right-back position when Elmohamady was caught out of position by the effective Leicester counter-attack.

Tyrone Mings: 6/10

The English international was often the deepest lying center-back out of the pairing, tasked with following the overlapping runners and dispossessing them.

Later on in the contest, when dribbling with the ball, Mings found himself venturing further forward in an attempt to drive the team forward.

Matt Targett: 7/10

A rare bright spark in an otherwise disappointing display at the back, with a debatable man of the match performance.

Seemed to deal with the threat of Leicester’s wide men without any controversy.

Targett looked to venture forward to assist the winger in front of him, creating an overlapping option.

Put in a good cross for Dean Smith’s men early in the second half, pulling one back for Villa.

Douglas Luiz: 5/10

A disappointing display allowed Leicester to coast through the home side’s midfield time and time again.

The Brazilian struggled to deal with the presence of Youri Tielemans and James Maddison, with the latter scoring to open proceedings.

John McGinn: 5/10

The packed Leicester midfield ended up overwhelming our two central midfielders in a performance that saw the Scotsman a victim of better players cutting through the Villa midfield.

His Brazilian counterpart failed to successfully nullify any Leicester danger, thus dropping further back and putt further pressure on the defense.

A disappointing day all round in midfield, which could potentially lead to some changes in future games from Dean Smith.

Ross Barkley: 4/10

Without a doubt a performance to forget from the Chelsea loanee.

Another outing in which he failed to complete the full 90 minutes after forcing manager Dean Smith to haul him off early into the second half.

Talented Leicester midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi, managed to nullify the threat from Ross Barkley, causing the Villa midfielder to become increasingly frustrated and therefore neglect his defensive responsibility completely.

Anwar El Ghazi: 5/10

A quiet outing from the Dutch winger; looking to rise up to the lofty standards usually set by captain, Jack Grealish, in his absence.

A display that saw him never really get going and was brought off in the second half for Trezeguet.

Bertrand Traoré: 6/10

An overall solid display from the winger, capped off with his fifth goal of the campaign.

He was able to drive the team forward and generally looked to bring others into play.

The only negative on his behalf is often full-back, Ahmed Elmohamady, found himself wondering where the winger was when in defensive transitioning after failing to cut out the danger poised from the Leicester counter-attack.

Ollie Watkins: 5/10

An awfully quiet afternoon for the striker; neglected in the attacking half of the pitch.

He regularly found himself making forward runs without receiving the ball in what must have been a frustrating outing.

(SUB) Trézéguet: 5/10

(SUB) Jacob Ramsey: 6/10

(SUB) Morgan Sanson: 6/10