Aston Villa 2 Liverpool 1: Player ratings as Steven Gerrard disappoints

Player ratings as Aston Villa book their place in the FA Cup final thanks to Fabian Delph's second-half winner

By Jonathan Spencer

Aston Villa

Shay Given Hardly had anything to do all match. Could not do anything about Coutinho’s goal as it took a huge deflection off Okore. 6/10

Leandro Bacuna Got forward well throughout the match and he gave Villa another dimension going forward. He also broke up Liverpool’s attacking play with some good tackling. 7

Ron Vlaar Dealt well with Liverpool’s attacking threat all game and made sure he did not give the opposition’s forwards too much space on the ball. Villa must ensure the Dutchmen stays at the club next season. 7

Nathan Baker He did not have too much to do before coming off injured. However, he dealt with everything that was asked of him with ease. 6

Kieran Richardson He was not troubled too much down the left hand side and cleared Gerrard’s header off the line with five minutes remaining. 6

Ashley Westwood Brilliant, tenacious performance for Villa. Broke up Liverpool’s attack by being in the right positions and blocking anything that stood in his way. 7

Fabian Delph(Man of the Match) His Brilliant mazy run helped to tee up Benteke for the equalising goal. Also scored a brilliant winning strike to put Villa 2-1 up. Started the move and finished it, firing the ball past Mignolet. A captain’s performance. 9

Tom Cleverley Another hard-working performance from the English midfielder. Also linked up well with the rest of Villa’s attack. However, he was lazy not to track Coutinho’s run for the opening goal. 6

Charles N’Zogbia Caused the opposition defence plenty of problems throughout the match with his fast pace. Linked up well with the rest of Villa’s attack. 6

Jack Grealish So aware and composed on the ball. Played his part in the first goal with a decent pass to Delph. He also set up his captain for the second goal and was very positive all match. 8

Christian Benteke A massive nuisance for the Liverpool defence throughout the match. He held up the ball very well and was a big threat alongside Grealish and Delph. Awarded with scoring the equalising goal with a composed side-footed finish. 8

Substitutes

Jores Okore Poor first touch which led to Liverpool’s goal. However, slowly built his confidence as the game went on and looked calm in defence in the second half. 6

Scott Sinclair He did not have too much to do when he came on. Had to defend for the majority of the time due to Liverpool pressing for an equaliser. N/A

Joe Cole N/A

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet Nothing he could do for either goal. Got his hand to Benteke’s equaliser but never looked like he could save it. 6

Emre Can Easily beaten by Delph in the lead up to Villa’s opening goal and was caught high up field and out of position. However, tried to get forward when he could and give Liverpool another attacking dimension. 5

Martin Skrtel Hardly at fault for any of the goals. Found it tough up against Benteke, Grealish and Delph with their pace and power. 6

Dejan Lovren Just like Skrtel, he found it hard work against Villa’s attack. He did deny Benteke with what could have been an opening goal early on in the match after a brilliant interception. 6

Lazar Markovic Not a good game for the Serb today in a big match. Very quiet first half and subbed at half-time as a result to give Liverpool more of an attacking threat. 5

Joe Allen Composed game in the middle of the park. Combined well with the rest of the midfield and made Liverpool’s game flow. Should have stayed on instead of Gerrard. 6

Jordan Henderson Ran in behind Villa’s midfield throughout the first half. He started off the move that led to Coutinho’s goal. However, he was overrun in midfield, especially in the second half. 5

Steven Gerrard A poor game from the Liverpool captain. Had no impact on the match and arguably should have been taken off instead of Allen in the second half. 5

Alberto Moreno A dogged performance from the Spaniard. He made a brilliant challenge on Benteke to deny Villa scoring a third and putting the game beyond doubt earlier on. 6

Philippe Coutinho Scored the opening goal with a darting run into the box in his first ever match at Wembley. Other than the goal, the Brazilian did not influence the match much and was part of a Liverpool attack that faltered in the second half. 7

Raheem Sterling Good reverse ball to assist Coutinho for the opener. Again, just like the rest of Liverpool’s midfield and attack, could not help Liverpool in any way to reach the FA Cup final. 6

Substitutes

Mario Balotelli Showed glimpses of promise with runs at the Villa defence. Scored a wrongly disallowed goal for being offside according to the linesman. 6

Glen Johnson N/A

Rickie Lambert N/A

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