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Aston Villa Player Review/Stats vs Blackburn

Here is a breakdown of the Villa’s best and worst performers in terms of ratings and statistics vs Blackburn, with Delph, Agbonlahor and N’Zogbia impressing.

Player Ratings

Shay Given – 6 – made one routine save all game, otherwise not needed

Luke Young – 6 – perhaps the quietest outfielder and troubled by Hoilett on occasion

James Collins – 7.5 – aerially dominant, enough said

Richard Dunne – 7 – some great, well-timed challenges

Stephen Warnock – 7.5 – started this campaign very strongly, a relief after the last

Stiliyan Petrov – 7 – looked to initiate attacks a bit more and heavily involved in the opener

Fabian Delph – 8 – good tackling in the middle and looks increasingly assured in possession. Very promising signs

Charles N’Zogbia – 7.5 – great running with ball and possession play. Shouldn’t be scared to have a crack

Emile Heskey – 7.5 – won headers all afternoon, battled hard and deserved his goal

Gabby Agbonlahor – 7.5 – much improved, man of the match challenger before knock

Darren Bent – 7 – lead the line well and got his goal, plus an easy assist for opener


Marc Albrighton – 6 – shaky start when introduced and should have closed cross for goal. Decent effort redeemed him slightly

Ciaran Clark – 6.5 – little to do at left-back but did it without fuss, could have scored with a header

Barry Bannan – 7 – short cameo but always wants the ball and more importantly, keeps it

Player Statistics

Shooting: Most effective – Gabby Agbonlahor (3 attempts, 2 on target), Least effective – Charles N’Zogbia (0 attempts)

Aerial Duels: Most effective – Emile Heskey (Won 4 of 5)

Involvement: Most touches – Charles N’Zogbia (72), Least touches (per minute) – Darren Bent (35)

Passing: Most passes – Charles N’Zogbia (50), Least passes (per minute) – Gabby Agbonlahor (11)

Pass Accuracy: Best passer – Charles N’Zogbia (90%), Worst passer – Darren Bent (61%)

Long Balls: Best range – Stephen Warnock (7 of 9 on target), Worst range – Richard Dunne (0 of 3 on target)

Crossing: Top crosser – Luke Young (2 of 3 on target), Barry Bannan (0 of 3 on target)

Tackling: Top tackler – Dunne, Delph (4), Worst tackler – Luke Young (0)

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