Reina Proves His Worth With 9/10 | Aston Villa Players Rated In Unlucky Defeat Vs Tottenham Hotspur

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur scores his sides second goal past Pepe Reina of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park on February 16, 2020 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Premier League strugglers Aston Villa fell to their fifteenth defeat of the campaign after losing 3-2 to José Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur side. It must be argued that the Villans deserved at least a point for their efforts, especially considering the sublime performance put in by Spanish veteran Pepe Reina. A late giveaway by Bjorn Engels gifted Son his second goal of the fixture and ensured that the home side came out of the tie with absolutely nothing to show for it.

Aston Villa Players Rated In Unlucky Defeat Vs Tottenham Hotspur

Pepe Reina – 9

The former Liverpool shot-stopper looked like a brick wall between the sticks tonight, and can’t be held responsible for either of the Spurs goals. Saved a penalty and made multiple stellar stops.

Ezri Konsa – 6.5

The big centre-half was given the tough task of dealing with Steven Bergwijn’s high-intensity attacking play. Was given a proper run-around, but did well to maintain his position.

Bjorn Engels – 5

The tall Belgian was guilty of giving away the penalty that eventually led to the second Tottenham goal on the afternoon. He then went on to gift Spurs a late winner after a poor giveaway to Son.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 16: Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur sees his shot saved by Pepe Reina of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park on February 16, 2020 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Kortney Hause – 6.5

Like his two central-defensive partners, the Englishman also had an extremely average afternoon of football. Worked hard tracking the forward barrages of Serge Aurier down that side.

Frederic Guilbert – 6.5

The full-back tried to get forward on every possible opportunity but didn’t manage to come up with the required crosses into the area. Made some good interceptions in the defensive third.

Danny Drinkwater – 5

The Englishman, surprisingly, stayed on the pitch for an entire hour before eventually being substituted. Looked well below the standard being set by the rest of the Villa players.

Douglas Luiz – 6.5

The former Manchester City man had a glorious opportunity to beat Lloris in the Spurs goal but sent his low shot straight at the keeper. Worked hard to keep the ball moving in midfield.

Matt Targett – 6.5

The wing-back played some dangerous balls into the box and produced a couple of half-decent set-piece situations as well. Could’ve got forward a lot more than he did today though.

Anwar El Ghazi – 7

The Dutch winger tried to impact the game with his movement in the final third and even managed to produce a couple of decent opportunities. Needs to improve his decision making.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 16: Bjorn Engels of Aston Villa celebrates after scoring his sides second goal with Ezri Konsa of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur at Villa Park on February 16, 2020 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Mbwana Samatta – 7.5

The Tanzanian international was undoubtedly the Villans’ best outfield player on the night. He didn’t allow the Spurs defenders a moment of peace despite not seeing too much of the ball.

Jack Grealish – 7

The Englishman produced a couple of moments of supreme quality over the course of the fixture and even picked up an assist for his efforts. Delivered some top-quality balls into the box too.

Substitutes

Marvelous Nakamba – 7

The Zimbabwean was an instant upgrade on Danny Drinkwater. Showed great energy and strength in the midfield areas.

Trezeguet – 6

The winger didn’t have the impact he might’ve been hoping for. Was forced to do a lot of defending in the late stages as Tottenham looked to push for a winner.

Borja Baston – NA

Didn’t have time to make an impact.

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