With Dean Smith’s Aston Villa side heading into Saturday’s Premier League clash in decent form after winning top-flight games back to back for the first time this season, the 50-year-old boss would have undoubtedly been hoping for yet another promising performance against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
However, despite Spurs being in rather contrasting form to Villa in the build-up to the fixture, with Nuno Espirito Santo’s side having lost their last three consecutive Premier League games, it was the hosts who left the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with all three points, as a first-half Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg strike and a late Matt Targett own goal was enough for Spurs to see Villa off 2-1.
And, while the performance was by no means a disaster on Villa’s part, there were nevertheless a number of Smith’s side who turned in slightly below-par displays in the fixture, however, it will undoubtedly be Matty Cash most disappointed with his showing against Spurs.
While Cash has been one of Aston Villa’s more impressive performers so far this season, this was certainly not the case on Sunday afternoon, as the right wing-back had a torrid time up against Son Heung-min.
Indeed, over the course of his 90 minutes on the pitch against Spurs, the £19.8m-rated defender made no clearances, no interceptions, blocked no shots and made just one tackle, as well as losing nine of his 14 duels.
These returns saw the 24-year-old receive a SofaScore match rating of just 6.2, the worst rating earned by any player to have featured in the match.
As such, while Cash is by no means in any danger of losing his spot in Smith’s starting XI, the defender nevertheless let both his manager and his side down with his disappointing display against Spurs.