Aston Villa were under some pressure heading into Tuesday night’s Championship game against Preston due to last weekend’s 2-0 loss to Fulham.
Steve Bruce’s side were flying high when they won seven league games on the bounce, but the defeat to Fulham curtailed their victorious run.
As a result, the Midlands outfit dropped down from the automatic promotion places in the table.
On Tuesday evening, Bruce’s men attempted to move back into the top two, but it was not to be.
The hosts were dealt a blow at Villa Park when Tom Barkhuizen opened the scoring for Preston in the 37th minute.
However, the Villans were able to respond thanks to January arrival Lewis Grabban, who netted an equaliser in the 66th minute from the penalty spot.
The result may not have been the desired outcome for Bruce and his players, but they remain in contention for promotion.
For plenty of fans, though, they felt that the performance in particular was not good enough.
Even if we somehow get promoted, imagine watching a Steve Bruce side in the premier league, no thanks
— Honest AVFC (@Honest_AVFC) February 20, 2018
Bruce’s Tactics make me want to cry
— Sam Harris (@samharrisavfc) February 20, 2018
not good enough
— Dan Guest (@danny_guest) February 20, 2018
Dreadful performance from Villa sorry we should not be drawing at home to Preston, shocking defending for Preston goal keeper ??
— BobV3 (@BobVee3) February 20, 2018
Take it and move onto Saturday, that was shocking
— Mohammad Shauib (Shabba) (@MShauib1) February 20, 2018
I went down tonight,and we was poor.We lose 2 players and the team falls apart
— Stephen James (@SUMMERFANSJF) February 20, 2018
Awful game to see… need more creativity on the pitch boys
— Lauren (@Loz_Whitehouse) February 20, 2018
unacceptable performance, i will not accept it any longer, time to go bruce
— Dell (@agbnufc) February 20, 2018