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Stat Pack: Westwood the pass master with 91% completion rate

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Stat Pack: Westwood the pass master with 91% completion rate

Report by Paul Brown

Paul Lambert  has stressed that Ashley Westwood is improving with every game and the stats certainly back that up.

Westwood was No.1 when it came to passes for Villa against Arsenal, with a remarkable 91% completion rate.

That amounted to 40 completed out of 44 made, a highly impressive ratio.

Of those, there were 12 completed out of 15 in the attacking third. He completed three out of three long, 36 out of 40 short, 22 out of 26 forward, nine out of nine backward and eight out of eight square.

The nearest contender in the claret and blue ranks was Barry Bannan, with 78%.

That meant a total of 35 completed out of 45 made, with 12 completed out of 18 in the attacking third.

Bannan's figures certainly hold up against many in the Barclays Premier League these past few weeks but Westwood's have been exemplary.

He clocked up an 85% completion rate against Sunderland and 86% against Man City and even managed a tremendous 94% against Man Utd.

Interestingly against Arsenal - a side considered to be the pass masters of the Barclays Premier League - Westwood finished No.2 overall. His figures were only topped by Mikel Arteta, who racked up a terrific 96%, 66 completed out of 69 made.

In other stats from the game, Villa had players in No.2, No.3, No.4 and No.5 spots for shots - Gabby Agbonlahor, Brett Holman, Barry Bannan, Ashley Westwood and Christian Benteke respectively. Aaron Ramsey was No.1.

Christian Benteke was No.3, Barry Bannan No.4 and Ashley Westwood No.5 for chances created, behind No.1 and No.2 of Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud.

Brett Holman was No.3 for take-ons, Barry Bannan was No.2 for blocks behind Per Mertesaker and Ciaran Clark was No.2 for clearances behind Kieran Gibbs.

Unsurprisingly, Christian Benteke was No.1 for aerial duels, winning eight out of seventeen.

Gabby Agbonlahor was No.1 for fouls committed - four - and No.1 for fouls suffered - three - demonstrating undeniably his work-rate for the side.

Villa's top pass combination in the clash was Ashley Westwood to Barry Bannan, showing how they are building up quite an understanding in the central ground.

Make sure you're here to back the lads against Reading.

AVFC Official
By @AVFCOfficial 25th November 2012
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