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Nottingham Forest 0 Aston Villa 1 - player ratings

By Matt Maher | Aston Villa | Published:

Scott Hogan bagged the only goal as Villa won 1-0 at Nottingham Forest to climb fourth in the Championship.

Jack Grealish.

Here we rate the players following the third straight league win for Steve Bruce's team.

Sam Johnstone

Did what little he had to do well. Only once seriously tested when Kieran Dowell let fly with five minutes remaining. 7/10

Ahmed Elmohamady

Drove forward well, particularly in the first-half. More than played his part in an organised defensive effort. 7/10.

James Chester

Arguably the biggest surprise of the game was seeing Chester misplace a pass in the second half. Otherwise excellent. 7/10.

John Terry

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Back playing in the Championship for the first time in more than two months, Villa’s skipper looked like he had never been away. 8/10.

Alan Hutton

A player who has spent most of his career on the right wing now looks at home on the left. Another strong performance. 7/10.

Glenn Whelan

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Looked fresher than in recent performances and was playing well until being forced off at the break by injury. 7/10.

Conor Hourihane

Kept things ticking over nicely in the middle of the park. Saw a couple of shots blocked. 6/10.

Jack Grealish

Sent a right-footed shot curling inches wide of the post. Another lively performances from a player in form. 7/10.

Albert Adomah

The quietest of Villa’s attacking players. Frequently involved and linked well with Grealish but his final ball was a disappointment. 6/10.

Scott Hogan

The £12million striker has found form at the ideal time. Superb movement to get on the end of Snodgrass’s brilliant cross. 7/10.

STAR MAN: Robert Snodgrass

A constant menace. Created the goal with a brilliant cross and was unlucky not to score himself with a well-struck free-kick. Won countless free-kicks to help Villa kill the game off. 8/10.

Substitutes

Birkir Bjarnason (for Whelan, HT)

Arguably his brightest 45 minutes in a Villa shirt. Buzzed around the midfield and put in several key challenges. 7/10.

Keinan Davis (for Hogan, 83 mins)

Brought on to help hold the ball up.

Neil Taylor (for Adomah, 90 mins)

The briefest of cameos.

Subs not used: Elphick, Lansbury, Onomah, Bunn (gk).

Matt Maher

By Matt Maher
Football MMPJ - @mjmarr_star

Sports journalist for the Express & Star

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