Aston Villa player grades: Snow storm dooms Villa play style

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Jack Grealish of Aston Villa reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers at Villa Park on March 13, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images,)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 13: Jack Grealish of Aston Villa reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers at Villa Park on March 13, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images,) /
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Aston Villa lost for the second time inside a week. A snow storm in northwest England made Macron Stadium a difficult pitch to play on. Still, the claret and blues left little to feel optimistic about.

Villa lost to a very bad Bolton Wanderers side on Saturday.

That’s about all that needs written.

The claret and blues conceded another set piece early in the first half to go down 1-0. They ended up chasing that lead for the next 71 minutes. What came in between was a display of gross referee incompetence, awful second half tactical substitutions and a physical Bolton side that refused to let Villa score.

My player grades:

Two saves from three shots on target. Not a whole lot Sam Johnstone had to do, but he looked comfortable under duress, especially when receiving a ton of back passes. Made one terrific play by charging out of the box for a headed clearance.. GK. Aston Villa. SAM JOHNSTONE. 5.5

Two key passes, which I assume were both crosses to substitute Rushian Hepburn-Murphy. Elmo was ‘okay’ in defense, making ten clearances. He’s rather too wasteful with the ball, oftentimes booting rash long balls that lose possession. Still, hardly the reason Aston Villa lost today.. RB. Aston Villa. AHMED ELMOHAMADY. 5.0

Booked for a really heavy challenge in the first half. Some refs might have sent Chester off for it.. RCB. Aston Villa. JAMES CHESTER. 4.0

4.5. WhoScored love Terry’s performance – noting the former England captain won 12 aerial duels. I thought he looked slow and uncomfortable, especially when pulled out wide to cover James Bree’s mistakes.. LCB. Aston Villa. JOHN TERRY

Aston Villa. JAMES BREE. 4.0. Sammy Ameobi will give James Bree nightmares over the international break. The converted right back looked awful going forward, but we weren’t expecting a tremendous performance.. LB

4.0. How Steve Bruce kept him on for the full ninety minutes, I’ll never know. Very workmanlike performance, but Bjarnason just wasn’t good enough. I was expecting much better.. CDM. Aston Villa. BIRKIR BJARNASON

5.5. Snodgrass looked to be Villa’s second-best attacking threat after Jack Grealish. He had a couple nice dribbling moves inside the Bolton penalty box coupled with a few deadly set piece deliveries. Stupidly sacrificed in the 81st-minute.. RM. Aston Villa. ROBERT SNODGRASS

JACK GREALISH. 6.0. Second consecutive loss in which the needs of the substitutes mitigate Grealish’s freedom in center midfield. Great first half from Jack, decent second. Two key passes and 76% passing accuracy.. CM. Aston Villa

Taken off in the 53rd-minute, but Hourihane should have been withdrawn for Keinan Davis at halftime. Rushian Hepburn-Murphy came on in his place.. CM. Aston Villa. CONOR HOURIHANE. 3.5

5.0. Good first half, bad second half – oh well. Withdrawn for Scott Hogan in the 71st which was the most confounding of all substitutes. Lewis Grabban went out to play left wing (???). LM. Aston Villa. ALBERT ADOMAH

4.0. Missed an unforgivable point-blank sitter and was thoroughly uninvolved for much of the match.. CF. Aston Villa. LEWIS GRABBAN

Statistics provided by WhoScored match center. Aston Villa needs this international break to get healthy and reflect on consecutive terrible losses.