Superb Chester, Impressive Tuanzebe – The best & the worst rated Aston Villa stars in the 3-0 win vs Middlesbrough

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Aston Villa Player Ratings vs Middlesbrough: Here’s how the Villans fared

Aston Villa dispatched Middlesbrough 3-0 at the Riverside Stadium in their Championship clash. James Chester opened the scoring for Dean Smith’s side in the 20th minute. Villa maintained their one-goal lead at half-time before Tammy Abraham scored another in the second half.

Glenn Whelan then added a third to hand the Villans all three points on enemy territory. Dean Smith’s side are now picking up good form under the manager and a win against Boro is a huge statement of intent from the club.

Aston Villa Player Ratings

Orjan Nyland (6/10)

He had his good and bad moments in the game. He was fortunate to escape without conceding a goal.

Ahmed Elmohamady (7/10)

Came in for the suspended Alan Hutton and did well in his absence. He was very dependable and reliable throughout the game.

Ahmed Elmohamady

Axel Tuanzebe (8/10)

A cool and composed display from the centre-back. His partnership with Chester has been very good at the back.

James Chester (8/10)

Scored his fourth goal of the season to send the Villans in front after showing a few nice touches in the box. He could have done better with a couple of clearances though.

Neil Taylor (7/10)

Kept Downing at bay for most of the game and did well going forward too.

John McGinn (8/10)

Looked energetic and lively in the middle of the park. He linked up well going forward as well. His work rate was impressive too.

Conor Hourihane

Conor Hourihane (8/10)

He picked up the assist for Whelan’s final goal. A quiet but strong display from the midfielder.

Jack Grealish (7/10)

He looks a lot more expressive alongside McGinn and Hourihane. Played an influential role in two of his team’s goals.

Anwar El Ghazi (8/10)

Looked good and confident on the ball. His dribbling was catchy to the eye as well. El Ghazi’s deliveries into the box looked very dangerous.

Yannick Bolasie (7/10)

He always looked dangerous in the final third but lacked a certain end product. Bolasie seems to be adjusting to Smith’s philosophy.

Tammy Abraham (7/10)

Struggled at times but his confidence level is at such a point that he was bound to score at some point or another.

Substitutes

Jonathan Kodjia (6/10)

Helped his team see out the game but didn’t have much of an impact apart from that.

Hogan (6/10)

Played a huge role in Glenn Whelan’s goal despite coming on late into the game.

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Glenn Whelan (7/10)

Scored just after coming onto the pitch for the Villans.

Sebastian Jacob

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