Had the beating of Benteke in the air but on the ground it was a different story entirely, often failing to out-muscle him despite his best efforts.
Did well to get a fingertip to Holman's vicious strike which led to the goal and saved well down low to his left to prevent Benteke in the first half.
Switched off time and time again when the ball came down his side of the pitch, with Nelson often having to come across and cover him due to his poor positioning.
Beaten all too easily down the flank when put in a one-on-one situation, but looks a different player going forward, even if the end product wasn't always quite there.
Did reasonably well up against the dynamic pairing of Benteke and Agbonlahor, getting back to perform a great last-ditch tackle on the Belgium international to stop Villa taking the lead again in the first half.
Put Wright-Phillips through one-on-one with a beautiful ball over the top and looked a class above his team-mates when allowed the time and space to pick a pass.
As inconsistent, frustrating and occasionally brilliant performance from the mercurial Moroccan, nearly putting Wright-Phillips in on goal in the first half with a beauty of a clipped pass.
Seemed to have the better of Baker down the right with his pace always causing problems, but wasted two glorious chances, first seeing a weak effort easily saved by Guzan before hitting the post.
Sat just in front of the back four allowing Granero and Diakite to impress further up the pitch and just kept things ticking over with his intelligent use of the ball before going off injured after an ugly clash with Agbonlahor.
Constant probing display from the midfielder, and he often looked to get the team forward inch-by-inch by spreading the ball well out wide.
Grabbed the equaliser with a magnificent leap and header, getting the better of Ciaran Clark in the air and held the ball up well in the lone striking role.
Had no chance with Mackie's equaliser and dominated his area well without the authoritative figure of Ron Vlaar in front of him. Pulled off a stunning save to deny Mackie early in the second half and tip a powerful Hill header onto the bar.
Caught between two stalls for most of the match and seemed uneasy about when to go forward and when to defend.
Kept the ball well and was a talkative figure in a young and inexperienced back four but let Wright-Phillips get the better of him on the inside too easily.
Occupied an advanced wing-back role on the right side of defence and was a willing runner, always offering an outlet before taking on his marker, Traore, with some success
Always looking for the forward pass, but perhaps too keen to impress and lacked patience at times with his use of the ball.
Powerful in the air and decent on the deck but frequently caught out of position on the right side of a back three.
Set up Holman's goal and was tidy in possession in a clustered and cramped midfield area. Economical.
Grabbed the opening goal of the game with a vicious drive from outside the area and was a busy presence drifting in off the left flank.
Involved in a real bruising physical contest with Ryan Nelson and had a goal chalked off in the first half after finishing with aplomb but work-rate off the ball was superb.
An indifferent performance from the forward, always looking to link up play with Benteke and run off him, but faded badly in the second half.
Steady and calming influence in the middle of the park after replacing the injured M'Bia, and his safety-first approach helped the side retain ownership of the ball in the second half.
Energetic as ever after coming on at the break and should have scored after finding space on the left, but his effort was straight at Guzan.
Cut an isolated figure on the left wing when he came on, hampered by a lack of service, with the side choosing to base the majority of their play down the right flank.
The youngster who failed to make the programme squad list came off the bench and slotted in comfortably at left wing-back with little fuss.
K. El Ahmadi
Introduced to try and bring more urgency to the visitors play as the game wore on and while he did nothing wrong, failed to make much of an impression.
Industrious cameo in midfield, with his driving runs at the heart of the opposition posing problems for Derry and Park.