Gameday Opinion

Yeovil Town 0 – 1 Aston Villa: How the Pride Rated

Aston Villa came out on top in a scrappy affair against Yeovil Town, with some players performing better than others.
Words by Regan Foy (@FindFoy)

Aston Villa topped off a relatively disappointing performance in the Carabao Cup away at Huish Park against Yeovil Town with a goal from midfielder Conor Hourihane, making it three wins from three. Whilst Aston Villa rode their luck for much of the game, some players performed better than others. Find out how the Pride rated below;

Andre Moreira (6) – 

Performed relatively well on his debut, although he did make some questionable decisions in regards to rushing out of his goal. Kept Aston Villa in the game with a penalty save against Yeovil’s Alex Fisher.

Ritchie De Laet (5) – 

Broke forward well a few times, but nothing seemed to come off for the Belgian. Relatively poor in communication, but not that bad of a performance, even though he was quiet for much of the 90.

Tommy Elphick (5) – 

Looked slow at times, but did lead well from the back. Gifted Yeovil their penalty after pulling their player down during a corner.

Axel Tuanzebe (6) –  

The scoreline could have been a different kettle of fish if it wasn’t for Axel. He cleared a ball off the line, tracked back well and used his speed to save Moreira during the ‘keepers lapse of judgement. 

Neil Taylor (5) – 

A usual kind of performance from Neil Taylor, who has looked bereft of confidence ever since his horror challenge on Seamus Coleman. Could certainly be heard during the game, but wasn’t seen much.

Glenn Whelan (5) – 

Whelan did a job, but struggled against Yeovil’s faster and stronger midfielders and forwards at times. Disappeared at times.

Jake Doyle-Hayes (6) – 

Gave the midfield a little more dynamism. Stringed together a number of quality passes and tried to push the side forward. Booked.

Conor Hourihane (6) – 

Didn’t stop running, but made a number of errors throughout the game. Made up for earlier errors by slotting home Aston Villa’s winner. Booked.

Albert Adomah (5) – 

A consistent outlet down the left, and at times right, and got a number of quality balls into the box, but was relatively quiet until Jack Grealish and Jonathan Kodjia entered the fray.

Andre Green (5) – 

Came close with a long range effort, but should have really provided more creativity in the first half than he did. Looked better in the second half.

Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (4) – 

Was nullified by Yeovil’s taller and stronger defenders, although he did get into space often. Had one key chance which he fluffed. Tactical approach didn’t suit his stature and style.

Subs:
Jack Grealish (6) –

Seemed to take it a bit easier tonight, and nobody can blame him for that. Did make some creative runs, and provided the precise pass that found Jonathan Kodjia and allowed him to assist Hourihane.

Jonathan Kodjia (6) – 

Looked a little more confident today, and could have probably scored had his team-mates found him whilst he was in space. A bright spark that provided the assist for Aston Villa’s only goal. Booked.

James Bree (?) – 

Came on late into the game and didn’t really have an impact.

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