Didn't have anything testing to save in either half as his defence did the job for him in front.
Strong positioning and got himself in the way of a number of balls into the box.
Slotted in at left-back with two injuries in this position and looked alert defensively, containing the threat down the left and handling Odemwingie well too.
Looked a little clumsy at times, naively cutting across Odemwingie for a cheap foul. Brave in the header, as always.
Tidy in midfield but still didn't have that stronghold on the game that he used to have for his side last season. Hit a flying shot from deep after the ball fell kindly to him.
K. El Ahmadi
Filled in the middle with Fabian Delph out injured and covered ground well. Gave away certain fouls too cheaply but a long-range shot whistled only narrowly wide of the post. Later taken off.
Started slowly and didn't get into the game until the second half when he began to place some decent crosses into the box. Progressively got better as the game went on and ended the game in midfield as he struck a terrific free kick past the rooted Marshall in goal.
Played a couple of long direct balls that always didn't come off but gave his side added bulk in midfield and wasn't afraid to throw his weight around.
Still looked fragile. Looked better on the left when he was allowed to cross but an attempted back-flick early on that caught his trailing leg summed up his day. Too eager to score from distance and missed an easy through ball to Benteke. Redeemed himself by firing in the cross that helped set up their second.
Made his second start with the Belgian in the league this season and started brightly. Nearly scored an own goal with a header and should have headed in for his own side in the second half. But eventually found the net just yards out with a header he couldn't miss. He was always a threat.
Looked back to his confident self with strong hold-up play and positive movement. Had an early shot tipped wide by the fingertips of Marshall but missed a free header which is unlike him when he's on form.
Did well to stretch across his goal and tip Benteke's deflected shot wide of the post and was not troubled by a couple of other long-range strikes. Rooted to the spot for Bacuna's goal, which dipped too perfectly for him to get to.
K. Théophile Catherine
Caught out of position on occassion and looked weak against Tonev - arguably the lightest player on the pitch - when he easily brushed past him for a cross. Started to get the better of him later in the game.
Appeared to look jaded and was slower to the ball than Benteke early on.
Looked comfortable on the ball going forward and was happy to drift inside as well - but didn't do enough to stop the assist for the second goal, which Lowton nodded back.
Last weekend's match-winner started in similar form to his last game with a fine interception against Benteke and an attack at the other end minutes later. Good covering for his defensive partner and quick to the ball. Unlucky to be on the losing side.
Strong work-rate and pushed Clark into some errors on the right in the second half. Worked hard but didn't create enough going forward.
Seemed to pick up a slight head injury after a collision with Caulker but stayed on, although this wasn't the game for him to have much of an influence when sitting deep in midfield.
Didn't make the most of his set-pieces into the box, especially given Villa's frail defending from dead balls.
Just the one change from the side that beat Swansea last weekend but didn't have much of an influence and was later replaced by the man he started in place of: Mutch.
Too casual at times, taking his time in possession to allow a chasing defender an easy tackle on him and an awkward back-flick failed to pay off.
Threaded some positve through-balls from the left but didn't have the usual energy and tenacity he normally brings. Eventually taken off for Maynard.