Aston Villa’s winning run in the English Championship finally came to an end of Saturday after they were defeated 2-0 away to Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Steve Bruce’s side had previously won every single league match in 2018 so far, a run of seven matches, boosting their hopes of automatic promotion to the English Premier League.
However, with key injuries to the likes of Albert Adomah and Jack Grealish, the Villans lacked a credible attacking threat against Fulham, who managed to pick up the three points thanks to goals from Ryan Sessegnon and Floyd Ayite.
With the duo also a doubt for Tuesday’s home clash against Preston, fans are worried the team’s performance will be below par again.
The loss of Grealish is a particular blow at this stage of the season. The midfielder was sparkling throughout Villa’s winning run, scoring once and creating three assists, with many tipping him to guide them to that second automatic promotion place.
Fans took to Twitter to discuss what his absence means…
Poor from Villa today. Bereft of ideas without Grealish and Adomah. Deserved nothing. Fulham good in the second half. Tuanzebe Villa’s best performer #avfc
— Andy Jackson (@Jacko442) February 17, 2018
Disappointing result this afternoon. The injury update on Grealish and Adomah even more so. Two huge players who we need fully fighting fit ASAP. #AVFC
— Matt Lynch (@mattlyynch) February 17, 2018
Bruce not sounding optimistic about Grealish and Adomah. Typical that we may be without our best player and top scorer at the business end of the season. Time for others to step up now #AVFC
— James Cartledge (@Jim5875) February 17, 2018
We didn’t look up for the fight at all today. Missed Grealish. Tuanzebe only player to have a good game IMO. Gifted Fulham both of their goals. Onto Preston on Tuesday night to get back to winning ways. #VTID #AVFC
— Dan Fereday (@danfereday) February 17, 2018
Bruce saying Albert is pretty much for sure out for Tuesday and by the looks of things Grealish is too.. going to need a much better performance if we are to go again with this same lineup to secure the 3 points #AVFC
— Connor (@ConnorFlynn719) February 17, 2018
Need to win Tuesday simple as. Start positive. Hopefully Grealish is back. #AVFC
— Chez Avfc (@AvfcUTV1) February 17, 2018
Oh well, you're never going to win them all and can't complain too much after the run we've been on. Big game vs Preston on Tuesday now and hopefully at least one of Grealish/Adomah will be back #avfc
— Adam Wheeler (@wheeler_avfc19) February 17, 2018
Had a feeling the run would end today with Grealish and Adomah out – can't play that many defensive minded midfielders and expect to beat decent teams, massively overloaded in that area. Was a great run, On to the next one. #avfc
— Marcus Parry (@the_parrots) February 17, 2018