Birmingham fans on Twitter were not happy after their side lost the Second City derby 4-2 to Aston Villa on Sunday, and midfielder Craig Gardner in particular took plenty of stick for his performance.
The Blues actually took the lead at Villa Park just before the half-hour mark through in-form striker Lukas Jutkiewicz. However, two quickfire goals from Johnathan Kodija and Jack Grealish ensured that the home side went into the break in the lead.
Tammy Abraham added another from the penalty spot just six minutes into the second period before Birmingham left-back Kristian Pedersen pulled one back with his first goal for the club since his summer move from FC Union Berlin.
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However, it was Villa’s fourth goal that killed the game and drew most of the criticism for Gardner. Scotsman Alan Hutton picked up the ball in his own half and ran past Gardner and all the way into the Birmingham box before firing past Lee Camp.
Gardner began his career at Villa, playing 80 times for Birmingham’s rivals before joining the Blues for the first time in 2011. Now in his second spell at St Andrew’s, it’s clear that fans were not happy with the 32-year-old’s poor attempt to stop Hutton.
Check out some of the best reaction below.
Craig Gardner is a disgrace #bcfc
— Conway M (@conwaybcfc) November 25, 2018
C. Gardner is just too slow. #bcfc
— Geoff Birchenall (@AsgardRoot) November 25, 2018
— Chris Royston (@MrBrightside_32) November 25, 2018
Hope to never see Craig Gardner in a blues shirt again
— Aidan Peaty (@PeatyBcfc) November 25, 2018
It’s been an absolutely pathetic display from Gardner today. Constantly lost the ball, let’s players drift past him with ease. #bcfc
— Robert Ware (@Rob_MA_Ware) November 25, 2018
Gardner at fault. Let him run past him. Token challenge. Rubbish play.
— Steven Horne (@sahinbrum) November 25, 2018
Craig Gardner should never wear a blues shirt again, since coming back his stole a wage him shouting at ped for not stopping the cross but then let’s hutton walk past him to go on to score #BCFC
— DTL (@danlawler_) 26 November 2018