Aston Villa fell to a 2-0 defeat against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon which will only increase the pressure on Steven Gerrard at Villa Park.
Despite having the better of the first half, Villa found themselves 1-0 down after Tyrone Mings’ mistake gifted Mason Mount the opener, with goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga making a number of superb saves to keep the hosts out.
Mount then doubled his tally in the second half from a free kick that wrong-footed Emiliano Martinez and Gerrard’s side were unable to find a way through, with the defeat leaving them 16th in the table.
While Mings will take a lot of slack for his role in the opening goal, with the defender’s catastrophic clearance to blame, Danny Ings should also be very disappointed with his performance in Villa’s attack, as he was largely anonymous and was dominated by Chelsea’s back three.
As per SofaScore, the former Southampton man would earn a 6.8/10 rating for his display after touching the ball just 31 times, nine fewer than Martinez in the home goal.
Ings would also complete just 11/16 passes, with a success rate of 69%, which is a decrease on his 76% average for the Premier League season so far.
This was also the joint-fewest of any Aston Villa player to start the game, which emphasises how little the former England striker was involved on Sunday afternoon.
He looked a threat in the initial stages of the clash, but in the words of Birmingham Live’s Ashley Preece, was “anonymous” in the second period.
It has been a difficult start to the season for the 30-year-old, as he has just one goal in the Premier League in nine appearances, with his troubles in front of goal summed up in the first half when Kepa produced an unbelievable save to keep out his point-blank header.
While it was a great save from the Spaniard, Ings really should have found the back of the net at a time when Villa were on top and could have found an equaliser.
Unfortunately, that miss was crucial and Villa didn’t create too many better opportunities, so while Mings’ mistake will dominate the headlines, Ings should take a fair share of the blame after another disappointing display.