After getting their first win of 2021 at the weekend, Aston Villa slipped to a hugely disappointing 3-2 defeat to Burnley on Wednesday night.
Dean Smith’s side took the lead on two occasions in the Premier League encounter at Turf Moor, but the Clarets produced a stunning comeback in the final 15 minutes to claim all three points.
It was the first time since November that Villa had conceded three or more goals in a top-flight game, and defensively they were all over the place, with right-back Matty Cash the main culprit.
The summer signing from Nottingham Forest endured a nightmare game coming up against skilful Burnley winger Dwight McNeil, with the Clarets ace terrorising him all night and scoring his side’s second equaliser on the night.
Cash lost possession 24 times over the course of the game, which was the most of any player on the pitch, and far above his season average – as per Sofascore, the full-back concedes the ball 14.2 times per match.
The 23-year-old’s wastefulness with the ball was arguably the least shocking thing about his display, with his defending and positioning sense having gone haywire.
He lost six of his nine total duels as he got physically outmuscled by Burnley’s players, whilst he made no tackles, and just one interception and clearance apiece – in terms of defensive contributions, Cash had the lowest amount among all of Villa’s back-line. The full-back just didn’t get out quick enough to stop the Clarets from crossing the ball, and there was an intensity missing in his game in wanting to put his foot in and stay touch tight.
It was a rare howler from the former Forest ace – his average Whoscored match rating in the Premier League is 7.07 and ranks him fifth among all his teammates – but one that let his manager down in a game that Villa really needed to win as they look to claim a surprise European place this season.
Whoscored gave him a match rating of 6.1 for his performance on Wednesday night, and it’s something a couple of Villa fans spotted.
I’m not Mings’ biggest fan but not sure why everyone’s slating him for last nights result. Barkley was non-existent, Cash was awful & it’s not the first time, a lot of goals come down his side so not sure why he’s hyped up – Targett much better. Don’t start me on Davis… #AVFC
— Sam (@ParkinAVFC) January 28, 2021
Matty cash has cost us here, dunno why everyone is blaming mings again 🤣 #AVFC
— ᴊᴀᴄᴋ ᴊ ᴡ 🏴 (@Grief_Addict) January 27, 2021
Cash was shocking tonight and Konsa’s first poor game of the season but nope all Mings fault for the lose👍🏻
— Lachlan (@LachlanAVFC) January 27, 2021
Dropping points to sides like Burnley, even away from home, just won’t cut it in the race for the top six, and Cash’s performance was a let down.