It was a frustrating start to the season for Steve Bruce and Aston Villa as they were held at home by Hull City.
Gabby Agbonlahor got on the scoresheet early on but a first goal for the club from Jarrod Bowen put the Tigers back level.
Here are how the Villains rated in the game…
Sam Johnstone – 7
Perhaps could have been better positioned for Hull’s goal, but he didn’t receive any help from his defence and it would be harsh to blame him. Made some good saves.
Alan Hutton – 6
His usual attacking game was held back as Ahmed Elmohamady raced forward and offered little protection for the right-back. Faded as the game went on and could say that his fitness levels were slightly below what they would usually be.
John Terry – 7
His class and quality showed. He won every challenge that came his way, even if he was occasionally caught out by the pace of the opposition and could only put himself on the line for the goal.
James Chester – 7
Assured and grew in confidence as the game went on. Partnering John Terry could really help him to take his game to the next level, having been nervous at times in the past. Communication could do with some work.
Neil Taylor – 6
Looked to get forward well but found it hard to link up with Leandro Bacuna. Struggled as the game went on and Hull applied the pressure on the Villa defence and pinned him back.
Glenn Whelan – 5
A disappointing debut, perhaps hindered by an early booking. He made some good tackles but seemed to struggle with the quick tempo of the game as Hull upped the pressure later on.
Henri Lansbury – 7
Dictated the tempo and dominated the midfield from the first minute. A few chances fell his way but if he can work on his free-kicks he’ll be able to find the back of the net on a regular basis. An impressive start.
Ahmed Elmohamady – 8
Great work rate and a real nuisance down the flank. His deliveries were good and he often managed to beat his man and put the ball into the box for the onrushing forwards. The best performer.
Scott Hogan – 7
A frustrating afternoon as luck deserted Hogan yet again. His skill and quality was clear with some neat touches and moves but when the ball fell his way he just couldn’t get the finish that he wanted.
Leandro Bacuna – 5
A shock inclusion in the starting eleven and it was clear to see why. He made a few promising runs but made a number of basic mistakes that should have been cut out of his game if he is to be a regular starter.
Gabriel Agbonlahor – 7
Took his goal very well and put himself about, looking to press. His work rate was impressive, which may also explain why he faded from the scene as the game went on and was little more than a passenger in the closing stages.
Andre Green (for Bacuna, 70) –
An improvement on Bacuna. His dribbling and direct style was a threat, though he did have one great chance fall his way that he really should have done better with.
Josh Onomah (for Hogan, 78) – 6
Caught in possession on one occasion but had little time to show what he was really capable of.
Christopher Samba (for Lansbury, 90) – N/A
A brief cameo as the experienced defender made his debut.