Aston Villa player ratings: Grealish gets 10 after Birmingham fan punch – who else shone? | Football | Sport

Aston Villa star Grealish scored a fine solo goal to secure all-three points against their rivals Birmingham City.

But that strike only came after 23-year-old was punched by a Birmingham fan who had leaped over the advertising boards and evaded the stewards to get to him.

Villa were hoping to leapfrog their near neighbours in the Championship table, and took the lead midway through the second half.

And they had Grealish’s fine finish from the edge of the box to thank as they secured the spoils in the Second City Derby.

Here’s Express Sport’s verdict on how Grealish and co. fared against their bitter rivals.

Aston Villa player ratings:

Jed Steer – 7

Had to make four saves in the Villa goal, kept a clean sheet to secure three points.

Ahmed Elmohamady – 7

The 31-year-old had a solid display at right-back, kept Maghoma and Pedersen quiet.

Tyrone Mings – 8

Dominated Birmingham hotshot Che Adams, fine display from the on-loan defender.

Courtney Hause – 7

Look comfortable alongside Mings despite a penalty claim after a clash with Adams, booked.

Neil Taylor – 7

Energetic display from the Wales international who also grabbed an assist for the goal.

Glenn Whelan – 7 (McGinn 63’) – 6

Played well for an hour before being withdrawn, gives Grealish and Hourihane freedom to roam.

Conor Hourihane – 7

Hit the cross bar in the second half as Villa pushed their rivals in submission, the engine of the midfield.

Jack Grealish – 10 (Bjarnason 84’) – N/A

Reacted perfectly to the fan attack by scoring the winner, fully deserved his celebration with the fans – but he did see yellow from the referee.

Albert Adomah – 6 (Green 63’) – 6

Played poorly before being dragged off for Andre Green.

Anwar El Ghazi – 6

Failed to get a hold of the match, disappointing display from the two-time Netherlands international.

Tammy Abraham – 6

Struggled up against Harlee Dean and Michael Morrison, not his finest hour in a Villa shirt.



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