Reading Aston Villa Player Ratings 

Welcome to the first EPR player ratings. 

I will be using 6 as the average mark for a performance. 

Mannone 7

Good solid showing and saved an early 1 on 1 which could have changed the match. Good distribution with his feet throughout the match 

Gunter 6 

Solid but unspectacular performance. Crossing was particularly poor in the first half but defensively fine. 

Blackett 6 

Plenty of big tackles from Tyler and no mistakes at the back. 

McShane 7

Won numerous headers and good on the ball. Needed his leadership in the last few mins when Villa went more direct. 

Moore 7 

Another classy showing from Liam. And enjoyed the chance to get forward more in the first half. As always calm on the ball as shown by his assist for the Barrow goal. 

Van Der Berg 7

Started very slowly and gave the ball away which led to the early Villa 1 on 1 with Mannone. Improved in the 2nd half but always makes me nervous. 

Swift 6 

Some nice link up play in midfield when it appeared there wasn’t any space but can’t remember anything significant from him. 

Kelly 7 

Several lovely passes that only a confident player would attempt. Plenty of shots tonight but none felt quite right. Still a great start to the season and you can’t expect to him to score every game.  

Clement 7 

Another one who seemed to grow into the game. Fairly anonymous 1st half and a strange attempt at heading a ball out out for a goal kick summed up his first half. Much better 2nd half including a throw ball for McCleary which he should have probably done better. Could be a good squad player going forward. 

Barrow 8 MOTM 

Constant threat throughout the match. Out wide with crosses and clever passes, then with direct running at pace. Capped it off with a poachers finish from the ALf school of finishing. I’ve been impressed all 3 times I’ve seen him so far. 

Popa 7 

Possibly his best performance in a Royals shirt. Yes he gives the ball away sometimes, but he also was a threat tonight. One good long range shot was well saved and could have done better with a chance soon afterwards. His cross early in the 2nd half created the first goal and his confidence visibly rose afterwards. Good to see a player take his chance when others are still injured. 

Subs: 

Evans 6 (70 mins) 

Didn’t do anything wrong so standard George. Did the job asked of him by Stam. 

McCleary 6 (70) 

Rather fluffed his 1 on 1 with the Villa keeper but had a couple of nice runs and helped us run the clock down.  

Beerens (77) 

Not really long enough to mark him.

 
Let me know if you agree or disagree with my ratings tonight via @Elmparkroyals or your comments section below. Thanks 

Paul Mann 

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