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Matt Maher's Aston Villa ratings v Fulham: Two eights in key win

Matt Maher rates the Aston Villa players after their 2-1 win over Fulham


Emi Martinez 7

Must take his share of blame for the goal conceded but reacted in the way you would expect. Another big win-preserving save.

Matty Cash 7

You’d like better delivery in the final third. But he limited Robinson to little, while Willian was withdrawn at the break. A strong display.

Clement Lenglet 6

Error for the goal blotted a pretty tidy performance from a player shifted across to the other side of the defensive line.

Pau Torres 7

Slotted back into the team almost like he had never been away. Villa look so much more composed in possession when he is around.

Alex Moreno 7

Saw another goal ruled out for a marginal offside call. Subbed in the second half after being booked but decent all-round.

Leon Bailey 7

Struck the bar with a curling effort in the first half. A tendency to overplay at times, merely a sign of his supreme confidence.

Douglas Luiz 7

Played deeper to counter the loss of Kamara and battled hard. Always composed under pressure and kept things moving.

John McGinn 8

Moved back into the centre of midfield and delivered one of his best performances of the season, certainly in that position. A real captain’s display.

Jacob Ramsey 7

Set up the opener thanks to his alertness and then laid on Bailey’s bar hitting effort with a driving run. Looks back on track after a frustrating first half of the season.

Youri Tielemans 7

Didn’t time everything to perfection but there are few players in the Villa team with such vision. Made the second after missing a good chance himself.

Ollie Watkins 8

Scored two, nearly had a third and would have added another assist to his tally but for Leno denying Tielemans.


Lucas Digne (for Moreno, 81), Moussa Diaby (for Bailey, 81), Tim Iroegbunam (for Tielemans, 90+3). Subs not used: Chambers, Zaniolo, Rogers, Kesler-Hayden, Olsen (gk), Gauci (gk).