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Wish people wouldn't write us off so quickly. Bent has had the wake up call he needed today. Benteke was unlucky, snatched at his chances, but will come back better for starting again. MOTM not sure, nobody truly stood out for me, Vlaar would have had it, but for his mistake in the goal.

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OK, still our worst start to a Premier League season though :(

Good 1st half, but did not create enough chances, Poor first 20 mins in 2nd half and ended well in the 2nd half although looked vunerable at the back. That maybe because of us going for the winner.

We need to start picking up wins quickly.

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another poor period of around 20 mins stopped us getting a win i think. first half we were very good, but as usual lack of composure in front of goal meant we didnt get the lead we deserved

2nd half the extra man west brom had in the middle started to tell. our midfield tired and couldnt get close enough, leaving the defense with strikers running in behind them and midfielders running at them. still the goal was entirely preventable, for some reason vlaar decided to clear the ball right into long.

that set us back a bit, but i thought the 3 subs gave us a lift and they all did a good job. we then played well until the end. nice to see us going for it right up until the end.

we need to improve composure in the final third, and communication at the back needs to improve. always difficult with lots of new players and young ones at that though.

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Guzan 7 - did ok

Lowton 6 - at fault for the goal

Vlaar 6 - ditto ^

Clark 7 - did ok

Bennett 7 - ditto ^

Delph 6 - tidy but caught in possession once or twice.

El Ahmadi 8 - class

Albrighton 6 - needs match fitness

Holman 8 - MOTM, excellent work rate

Gabby 6 - some good balls, disappeared a bit though

Benteke 6 - poor control, touch, shooting and decision making

Bent 8 - excellent finish

Bannan 6 - did ok

N'zogbia 6 - ditto ^

Very much a work still in progress, but we're getting better. Defence needs sorting.

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How angry and fed up did Darren sound in the post match interview? He should never have been captain in the first place, but that seems to have really upset him.

Should motivate him more, good man management by paul Lambert. Bent will have a fire in his Belly from now on. Hungrier for future.games.. Bent will come back a better player.

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How angry and fed up did Darren sound in the post match interview? He should never have been captain in the first place, but that seems to have really upset him.

Should motivate him more, good man management by paul Lambert. Bent will have a fire in his Belly from now on. Hungrier for future.games.. Bent will come back a better player.

Sorry but that's just laughable. I like Paul Lambert but he made a major error in not starting Bent today. If he had started I think there's every chance that we would have won the game.

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6 Guzan – flapped at one and, owing to Villa’s possession, had little else to do bar slap out a cross-shot

6 Lowton – played Morrison on for their goal, otherwise solid and got forward often

6 Bennett – adapting to top flight, positionally OK, went close with a free kick and a crucial foot in on Lukaku late

6 Vlaar – won a bunch of aerial balls and unlucky to assist the goal and have his man played on by RB

6 Clark – got on the end of a couple of corners and kept a good position and a line with Concrete Ron

6 El Ahmadi – dependable in possession without being spectacular; couple of decent challenges

6 Delph – still not convinced; his next left-footed dragback would’ve been read; booked on a give-away

8 Holman – relentless in defence as usual; always available and offered more than a minor threat

5 Benteke – tried hard and good movement; should’ve had at least one but wasteful

5 Agbonlahor – very quiet

5 Albrighton – underwhelmed

7 Bannan – quality on the ball in limited time

8 Bent – what more could he do?

6 N’Zogbia – little time to make an impression, which is a good thing based on form for this club

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