Gomes (8) – Another confident and competent display full of good handling. Rarely called into serious action, a fine save from Milner’s drive and Agbonlahor’s follow up in the first half.
Corluka (7) – Time seems to stand still sometimes when he has the ball at his feet so slow does he appear to be moving. Never gave Downing or Young a sniff all afternoon.
Bale (8) – Outwitted by Young once late in the first half but otherwise gave those worried about his defensive capabilities some reassurance. Some exciting forward play as we’re getting accustomed to.
Dawson (7) – Surprising that he wasn’t captain, Redknapp obviously doesn’t want to commit himself to picking anyone consistently. Dealt well with the extremely physical presence of Carew.
King (7) – Rarely troubled by strength of Carew or speed of Agbonlahor. Perhaps should’ve done better with a free header in the first half.
Bentley (6) – Is so much better when he reins in the fancy stuff as I’ve said before. He tried a few flicks in this game all of which gave away possession needlessly. Was a good outlet for most of the game but is no Lennon replacement – he was outpaced by Richard Dunne at one point for God’s sake!
Palacios (7) – His normal all action display, plenty of tackling and lung bursting runs. Tried bits of trickery to get through the Villa defence but let himself down with the occasional misplaced pass.
Huddlestone (7) – Good display. Kept possession and spread the play well. Never out battled by Milner or Petrov. Two fine long range shots.
Modric (7) – Played more centrally than wide. Looked to be a likely source of a goal in the first half but never quite got the right contact on the ball.
Defoe (7) – Tough afternoon due to the large lads at the back for Villa. Starved of the sort of service he likes. Might’ve done better with his half chance at the end of the first half.
Crouch (7) – Won loads in the air and knocked the ball off intelligently and accurately most of the time. Never a real goal threat however.
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