They were not dreadful but nor are the Premier League new boys good enough - or on Saturday night lucky enough - to claim three points when below their best.
Chief football writer Stuart Rayner assesses the individual performances.
Illan Meslier – made a couple of good saves from Anwar El Ghazi to keep it at 1-0 7
Luke Ayling – struggled with El Ghazi early on and never able to rampage forward 5
Diego Llorente – one brilliant recovery after being outmuscled by Ollie Watkins 6
Liam Cooper – played El Ghazi on for the goal 6
Stuart Dallas – switched to midfield in the second half 6
Pascal Struijk – for the second time this season, substituted when asked to anchor the midfield. Last time he was a liability withdrawn very early, this time more just ineffective 5
Helder Costa – deserved his selection for his midweek performance but failed to justify it 6
Tyler Roberts – a disappointing performance as the attacking midfielder 5
Mateusz Klich – anchored the midfield when Struijk went off, he has not at his best lately in a tough season 6
Raphinha – one first-half surge of pace must have scared the life out of Ahmed Elmohamady but Villa were able to keep him at bay 7
Patrick Bamford –slipped at a crucial moment in the opening minute and had little to work with thereafter 6.
Ezgjan Alioski (for Struijk, 53) – came on and did a decent enough job 5
Jack Harrison (for Costa, 64) – Raphniha should have converted his late cross 6
Pablo Hernandez (for Roberts, 71) – a deflected shot and an uncharacteristically poor late touch 5.
Not used: Casilla, Davis, Gelhardt, Cresswell, Jenkins, Huggins.
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