Aston Villa failed to bounce back from their 3-1 defeat to Chelsea as they lost 2-1 to Brentford away from home in the Premier League on Sunday.
Danny Ings handed Villa the lead as he latched onto an excellent through ball from Emi Buendia before clinically dispatching his effort into the far corner.
Yoann Wissa levelled the scores before half-time with a brilliant curling effort from the edge of the box, bending his left-footed strike beyond Emi Martinez after taking the ball past Hause with a clever first touch.
Brentford then won the three points as Mads Roerslev snuck the ball into the back of the net after following up on a rebound from his own shot in the box.
One player who let Steven Gerrard down badly in the match was right-back Matty Cash as he struggled throughout the game at both ends of the pitch.
Defensively, he was a lightweight. As per SofaScore, the £24k-per-week defender did not win a single aerial battle and lost four of his seven ground battles. He failed to make a single tackle and was dribbled past once, although he did make three interceptions at right-back. Cash was not strong enough in his defending and his attacking play did not make up for this.
Offensively, he was lacklustre. Via SofaScore, he coughed up possession of the ball 17 times from 59 touches, which means that he gave it back to the opposition every 3.4 touches throughout the 90 minutes. He also failed to complete a single cross and was unsuccessful in both of his attempted dribbles.
This shows that he lacked quality on the ball and was unable to show his class in possession as Brentford were able to stifle him all too easily. It was, perhaps, summed up best as he took too long to get the ball out of his feet in added time on the right wing and ended up being tackled, with the referee then blowing the full-time whistle.
Therefore, he let the manager down as he put in a subpar performance both in attack and in defence. Although the result could not be entirely placed on his shoulders, his individual display did not help the side’s chances of winning and he will surely be hoping for an improvement from a personal point of view in the coming matches.