Who rated well against Rovers?
Made crucial penalty save but again didn't look too composed.
Wilfred Bouma 7
Some good tackles and was typically strong
Martin Laursen 7
Not as influencial as usual but has set a high standard. Still commanded well.
Curtis Davies 5
Not a good performance as he was constantly beaten in the air by Santa Cruz. The goal came from his mistake as he was tricked by Dunn.
Olof Mellberg 6
Not a bad game in what could be his last for the club. Gave Pedersen nothing.
Ashley Young 8
Villa-MAD Man of the Match: A quiet first half but came to life in the second. Scored the crucial equaliser with a pearler and caused Rovers the most problems.
Gareth Barry 8
Good comeback from injury and his passing was better than most. Strong performance will have shown Capello he is the man for midfeld.
Nigel Reo-Coker 4
Worst performance in a Villa shirt. Had no impact and his first half show was one to forget. Gave away a needless penalty and his passing was poor.
Stiliyan Petrov 5
Passing was not good and had absolutely no impact. Replaced by Harewood.
John Carew 6
Tried to get into the game but was snuffed out by Samba. Effort couldn't be faulted.
Gabby Agbonlahor 6
Not his usual dynamic self and at times looked tired. Moved to right after the introduction of Harewood and faded emphatically.
Marlon Harewood for Petrov 7: Raised a buzz around the stadium and hit the bar with a towering header. Good effort.