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McGinn Gets 8.5, Targett With 7.5 | Aston Villa Players Rated In Narrow Win Vs Crystal Palace

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Aston Villa locked horns with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park earlier this afternoon as they looked to secure all three points on the road. The Villans made a quick start to the contest as they took the lead in the 15th minute courtesy of Matt Targett’s half-volley from close range. The West Midlands outfit protected their narrow advantage well and went into the half-time interval 1-0 up on the scoreline.

Steven Gerrard’s men worked hard in the second half and finally managed to double their advantage in the 86th minute via John McGinn’s curled effort. Marc Guehi scored a consolation goal for the Eagles in injury-time as the Villans ended up winning the match by a 2-0 scoreline.

Let’s take a look at how each Aston Villa player performed during the clash against the Eagles.

GK: Emiliano Martinez – 7/10

The Argentine keeper made a couple of decent saves but will be disappointed after conceding a goal in injury-time which ruined his hopes of a clean sheet.

RB: Matty Cash – 7.5/10

Cash made plenty of important clearances at the back and got stuck in with a few tackles as well. It was a solid defensive performance from him today.

CB: Ezri Konsa – 6/10

Konsa kept a good shape at the back for most of the game but was too late to react in the lead-up to Guehi’s goal.

CB: Tyrone Mings – 7/10

The English defensive ace cleared his lines when needed and was quite strong in the air.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 27: Matt Target of Aston Villa celebrates after scoring their side’s first goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Aston Villa at Selhurst Park on November 27, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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LB: Matt Targett – 7.5/10

Targett gave Aston Villa the all-important lead early in the first half and also performed his defensive duties well.

CM: John McGinn – 8.5/10

The Scottish midfielder got stuck in with a lot of solid tackles at the centre of the park. He also caused a lot of problems for the opposition with his running and scored a deserved goal late in the game.

CM: Marvelous Nakamba – 7/10

Nakamba anchored the midfield with conviction and even made one key chance in the final third.

RM: Leon Bailey – 6.5/10

He made a couple of decent chances for his teammates but there was no goal for him today.

CAM: Jacob Ramsey – 7/10

Ramsey had to do a lot of defending and stood up to the test very well.

LM: Ashley Young – 7.5/10

He got back to clear the danger when needed and picked up an assist for setting up Targett’s goal.

ST: Ollie Watkins – 6/10

Watkins worked hard and had a couple of lively moments up top. He didn’t do enough to get himself a goal.

Substitutes:

CM: Douglas Luiz – 6/10

Luiz received a red card which was later changed into a yellow card after the referee was advised by VAR.

LW: Anwar El Ghazi – 7/10

He came off the bench and bagged an assist for setting up McGinn’s goal.

RW: Emiliano Buendia – N/A

Buendia hardly had any time to make an impact.

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