Aston Villa’s play-off hopes fell further out of view with a 1-0 defeat at Brentford on Wednesday night, and fans are fuming at the performance of Conor Hourihane.
Dean Smith’s return to Griffin Park didn’t quite to go plan on Wednesday, as his side were quite simply outclassed by Brentford.
The Bees had 62 per cent of the possession (Whoscored), racked up 23 total shots to just six from Villa, and eventually got their deserved winner when Neal Maupay curled a stoppage-time finish into the top corner.
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The Villans have now won just once in their last eight Championship games, a 2-1 win over Ipswich in January.
While none of the players will be particularly proud of their performance, fans are particularly unhappy with Hourihane, who simply failed to influence the match whatsoever.
The 28 year-old has nine Championship assists this season and is in the team to create chances, but he failed to complete a single key pass on Wednesday and managed just one accurate cross (Whoscored).
You can find some of the best Twitter reactions down below, look away now Conor…
How long are we going to carry Hourihane in this team #AVFC
— Pongo Villa (@PongoVilla) February 13, 2019
Hourihane trying to run around ? pic.twitter.com/gFP6MI8L0i
— Leo Valdmanis (@avfcleo) February 13, 2019
Hourihane a passenger yet again. Hause absolutely garbage #avfc
— Brittle Egg (@Brittle_Egg) February 13, 2019
Players simply not good enough: Hutton, elmo, hause, hourihane,el ghazi, adomah. Pathetic. Embarrassjng #avfc
— Lewis Dunn (@lewisdunn96) February 13, 2019
McGinn and Hourihane were passengers again tonight. What’s happened to Hourihane? Looks totally lost and disinterested at the moment #AVFC
— Jamie White (@jaywhite_1) February 13, 2019
The fact Adomah and Hourihane still get played hurts me. #avfc
— Harry (@htl_00) February 13, 2019
Good old Conor Hourihane going missing again… least touch’s. One of the worst players I ever seen!!
— AVFC (@ItsMrAstonVilla) February 13, 2019
Seriously get Hourihane off. Look at that half hearted challenge on the edge of the box!! ????
— Jack (@dellderek88) February 13, 2019
Elmo and Hourihane are some of the worst players I’ve seen?
— Benn ?????????????? (@bennnn_ev) February 13, 2019
The likes of Hourihane and Adomah are unfortunately frauds. The likes of Whelan and Hutton are now too old and their legs are gone to play with any kind of tempo. This is why we are getting overrun every single game. Not Smith's fault Bruce left this shower #AVFC
— Craig Fudger (@CraigFudger) February 13, 2019
Hourihane a passenger, yet again #UTV
— Percy Sparrow (@SparrowPercy) February 13, 2019