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Aston Villa player ratings v Brisbane Roar: £17m man poor, Digne shines, Augustinsson verdict

Aston Villa secured a second successive 1-0 win on their pre-season trip to Australia with a late victory over Brisbane Roar thanks to Cameron Archer’s…

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Aston Villa secured a second successive 1-0 win on their pre-season trip to Australia with a late victory over Brisbane Roar thanks to Cameron Archer’s goal – and here are our player ratings from Wednesday morning’s game.

Emi Martinez – 7 (63, replaced by Olsen)

Comfortable for the Copa America winner between the sticks. Made some solid saves and excellent in possession as ever. There is no doubt that he will enter the campaign as no.1, despite the permanent signing of Robin Olsen.

Matty Cash – 5 (45, replaced by Kesler)

Perhaps uncharacteristically sloppy in possession at times. The Poland international got into some good positions to deliver a cross, looking for Danny Ings, but his crossing was often overhit. Needs to be a lot better.

Calum Chambers – 6 (45, replaced by Konsa)

Solid display. Relatively untroubled at the back and kept possession simple and tidy. Nice passes out to Cash at right-back. Hardly troubled by the Brisbane Roar attack. Lovely long ball to Ings on 43 minutes, who hit the post.

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Diego Carlos – 7 (45, replaced by Mings)

Similar to Chambers, the only difference perhaps being slightly more dominant in the air and being more progressive in his passing. Couple of nice long balls forward, almost found Danny Ings with a direct ball to the England striker.

Lucas Digne – 8 (45, replaced by Augustinsson)

Arguably Villa’s best player on the night. Some lovely link-up play with Leon Bailey on the left flank and tried to make things happen. Much more accurate with his crossing than his opposite number Cash on the right.

John McGinn – 7 (45, replaced by Ramsey)

Typically combative and box-to-box performance from the Scot. Heavily involved and willing to put the graft in. Had a couple of chance to shoot from the edge of the area but did not test the Brisbane Roar goalkeeper.

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Boubacar Kamara – 7 (45, replaced by Luiz)

Kamara looks a real coup. He is going to dictate the tempo for Villa and arguably, will replace Douglas Luiz in the side. Some lovely passing, but also the defensive nous to be in the right position at the right time.

Philippe Coutinho – 6 (45, replaced by Buendia)

With the Roar sitting so deep defensively, Coutinho was often crowded out in terms of space. Involved, and showed some nice touches and passes, but had little ammunition. Will get more space in the Premier League.

Bertrand Traore – 4 (45, replaced by Iroegbunam)

Australian commentators picked out Traore as the odd-one-out and they are not wrong. He lacked the cohesion with some other other Villa attackers. One chance, cut inside neatly but his shot was high. Poor from the £17m (Sky) man.

Leon Bailey – 6 (45, replaced by Archer)

While Bailey gave the ball away a few times, the Jamaica international was dangerous. He looked like he wanted to make something happen and got into some good areas. All he needs is one to come off and can produce magic.

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Danny Ings – 5 (45, replaced by Watkins)

A lack of ammunition in the first half for the ex-Liverpool man. Marked closely by Roar’s two central defenders. Hit the post after neat control from a Chambers pass. Needs more from his Villa midfielders to contribute, though.

Other notable performances:

Emi Buendia – 8 (45)

Looked very lively and instantly made things happen much more than the player he had replaced, Coutinho, had done in the first half. Steven Gerrard will have a big decision to make – start both, or pick the Argentine ahead of Coutinho.

Cameron Archer – 7 (45)

Came on at half-time and was instantly involved. He missed a sitter, but the England Under-21 international made amends to score the only goal of the game from a Kaine Kesler cross – which Ollie Watkins missed.

Ludwig Augustinsson – 6 (30, replaced by Chrisene)

Very tidy on the left. Perhaps taking the slightly safer option on the left, the Sweden international will obviously join the club as Digne back-up. But judging on this showing, the drop off in quality between the two is not a big one.

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