Kortney Hause was handed his first start for 21 months last night as Neil Taylor missed out through sickness.
The on-loan Wolves man started at Brentford and had a difficult evening as Villa lost 1-0 to Neal Maupay’s late strike.
For large periods, Villa defended well and were able to keep the Bees at bay.
But in-form Sergi Canos caused problems down Villa’s left and Hause was thrown in during Taylor’s absence.
Boss Dean Smith believes Villa have a talented left-back on their books and praised the 23-year-old for battling on in difficult circumstances.
“I thought he did OK.
“It was Kortney’s first start for us and I thought he looked solid, a good defender.
“He was up against some good players in Watkins and Benrahma.”
Hause played in Taylor’s position and will now be hoping to keep his place against West Brom on Saturday.
Asked why the Welshman was missing, Smith said:
“He was ill so we’ll check on him in the days ahead.
“He stayed back home and didn’t travel.”
Checks will also be made on Tom Carroll ahead of the Albion clash but Jack Grealish will again miss out.
Maupay tastes his own medicine
Maupay’s stamp on McGinn overshadowed the meeting between the two sides earlier this season and the Bees striker was later banned.
The highly-rated forward, who’s now scored 21 times this season, has proved unpopular with opposing teams due to his antics.
And Villa defender Tommy Elphick left one on him early on that didn’t go down well with Brentford – or Andy Hinchcliffe for that matter.
“That should be a yellow card,” said Sky Sports co-commentator Hinchcliffe. “He knows as well as I do that Elphick has simply taken him out of the game.”
The forward had the last laugh, though.
With Villa again starting sluggishly and struggling to find any rhythm inside the opening 25 minutes, new boy Tyrone Mings let his team-mates know exactly what he thought of it.
Mings received the ball and wanted to play forward before being forced to play cross the backline to Elphick.
Livid at the lack of movement in front of him, Mings let out a roar that was heard by virtually everyone inside Griffin Park.
‘Deano, what’s the score?’
Smith might have received a warm welcome but he didn’t enjoy his return to Griffin Park.
At the end of the night Brentford’s fans were baskin