Championship play-off semi-final second leg: Aston Villa player ratings

By Matt Maher | Aston Villa | Published:

Villa are heading to Wembley for the Championship play-off final after besting Albion on penalties at The Hawthorns - see how we rated Dean Smith's players.

How did we rate Villa's starting XI? (AMA)

Jed Steer - 8

Jed Steer (AMA)

Villa’s hero in the shootout did not, in truth, enjoy the best 90 minutes.

Almost gifting Albion a second goal following a mix-up.

But then saved from Holgate and Hegazi in the shootout to potentially write his name into club folklore.

Ahmed Elmohamady - 6

Ahmed Elmohamady (AMA)


A useful outlet for Villa on the right flank.

Got into some very good positions but was unable to deliver the telling cross which might have led to a goal.

Among several Villa players to play their way into trouble during the second half.


Axel Tuanzebe - 6

Axel Tuanzebe (AMA)

Lost Dawson for the opening Albion goal and looked a little rattled at times during the first half.

Involved in a couple of mix-ups with Steer early in the second half from which Villa were fortunate to escape.

Tyrone Mings - 6

Tyrone Mings (AMA)

Booked for handball in the early stages and was then barged off the ball by Rodriguez in the build-up to Albion’s first goal.

One of several Villa players to play their way into trouble during the second half as Albion ramped up the pressure.

Neil Taylor - 7

Neil Taylor in the first leg (AMA)

Looked composed on the ball and got into some great positions, particularly in the first half. But was unable to deliver the telling cross.

Booked for a second-half challenge on Holgate when it seemed he had won the ball.

Conor Hourihane - 6

Conor Hourihane (AMA)

The deepest-lying of Villa’s midfield, Hourihane kept things ticking over during the first half.

Sent one free-kick in the wall after Grealish was fouled on the edge of the box.

Saw several shots deflected wide as Villa pushed late on.

Jack Grealish - 6

Jack Grealish (AMA)

Booed when his name was first announced and with every following touch.

Saw much more space than he had in Saturday’s first leg, but was unable to exploit it as Albion’s defensive wall held firm.

John McGinn - 6

John McGinn (AMA)

Made far more of an impression on proceedings than he did at Villa Park, regularly driving into the opposition half.

Involved in a battle with Brunt throughout which ended with the Albion skipper being sent-off for a second booking.

Anwar El-Ghazi - 6

Anwar El-Ghazi in the first leg (AMA)

Just as on Saturday, was Villa’s best attacking outlet.

Caused problems for Holgate with several bursts out from the back.

Just could not deliver the telling cross which might have made a difference.

Andre Green - 5

Andre Green (AMA)

Showed no shortage of effort, but failed to deliver a telling ball during the first half.

Overhit one cross from a very good position late in the period.

Substituted with 15 minutes remaining having failed to make the impact he would have wanted.

Tammy Abraham - 5

Tammy Abraham (AMA)

Saw one header deflected wide in the early stages, but was well-marshalled by Albion’s defence.

Stretched to meet an El Ghazi cross after the break but found Bartley in close attendance.

Kept plugging away in vain.

Matt Maher

By Matt Maher

Chief sports writer for the Express & Star.


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