After their 2-2 draw against West Brom on Sunday, it’s now just one win in eight Premier League games for Aston Villa as their quest for a European place for next season took another major hit.
Dean Smith’s side took the lead thanks to an early Anwar El Ghazi penalty, but the Baggies cancelled it out with a spot-kick of their own from Matheus Pereira.
Tyrone Mings’ own goal gave Sam Allardyce’s men the lead, before Keinan Davis popped up with a late equaliser to spare Villa’s blushes.
But while Ezri Konsa in particular had an off-day by his standards, including conceding the penalty and then slipping in the build-up to the Baggies’ second of the match, John McGinn also let his manager down with a really disappointing performance too.
As per Sofascore, the Scotland international’s 87 touches were the most of any player on the pitch, and yet that didn’t translate into anything really meaningful.
His total of two key passes were even bettered by left-back Matt Targett who had four, while only one of his five crosses found the mark. McGinn was also incredibly wasteful in possession too, conceding the ball on 22 separate occasions – the highest amount of any Villa player.
The midfielder saw a lot of the ball but struggled to really find any penetrating passes, either in between the lines or in behind to try and stretch the Baggies defence, and it all made things that little more difficult for Villa to break Albion down.
And, writing in his post-match player ratings for The Birmingham Mail, Ashley Preece gave him a five, noting: “Deeper for this one compared to recent weeks with his passing very much off in the first half. McGinn was competitive in the challenge as he always is but lacked that quality here. McGinn picked his head up well to put Watkins away but struggled in terms of his short, five-yard passes.
“The Scot took a few strikes from range as he tried to add to his goal in midweek. A battling performance but Villa needed more before Davis came good at the end.”
In a game where Villa knew the opposition were just going to sit back and try and soak up possession, Smith desperately needed his key midfield players to show a bit of creativity and class on the ball to try and unlock the Baggies defence.
Instead, McGinn had nothing really of note in the game other than that brief moment of quality to put Watkins through, and he let his manager down badly with a wholly ineffective display.