Aston Villa suffered a disappointing 3-0 defeat in the Premier League to Chelsea on Saturday afternoon as Romelu Lukaku’s clinical touch gave the Blues all three points.
Dean Smith’s side weren’t played off the park but they could not capitalise on what was a very energetic first-half performance. In the end, Chelsea’s superior finishing, and some costly defensive mistakes from the away side, meant that for all their hard work, the Villans travelled back to the Midlands with nothing to show for their efforts.
And while Tyrone Mings had a night to forget – his back-pass led to the killer second goal and he was also at fault for the third too – Danny Ings’ performance further forward left a lot to be desired too.
The summer signing from Southampton had gotten his Villa career off to the perfect start with an overhead kick to get his campaign off and running, but here, he was a complete no-show.
As per Sofascore, he made just four successful passes in the 69 minutes that he was on the pitch before he was taken off for Bertrand Traore, struggling to get involved in the game as Chelsea’s back-line marshalled him well.
His only effort on goal was blocked, while he attempted no dribbles, provided no key passes and lost two out of the three duels that he was involved in – evidence of just how much of a struggle it was to make things happen.
And, writing in his post-match player ratings for The Birmingham Mail, Ashley Preece gave him a five, saying: “Ings over-hit an easy through-ball to Watkins as Villa broke after going one down while the striker had Rudiger’s off-the-ball antics to contend with. Didn’t do too much, in all honesty.”
Given that he arrived as one of the club’s many marquee signings in the summer transfer window, the Villa boss would surely have hoped and even expected for Ings to really show and up be counted in big games like this.
While Mings will no doubt take the headlines for his costly errors, Ings’ anonymous performance certainly didn’t do Smith any favours whatsoever either.