Aston Villa’s hopes of gaining automatic promotion to the English Premier League suffered a massive setback on Saturday evening after they failed to beat Hull City away from home.
The 0-0 stalemate means Steve Bruce’s side have failed to win in their last three English Championship matches and now find themselves nine points behind second-placed Cardiff City, having played a game more, and two points behind third-placed Fulham.
Hopes had been high the Villans would have enough to see off struggling Hull, but in failing to create enough opportunities and missing the ones they did fashion, supporters were left bitterly disappointed.
Much of the criticism was aimed at Henri Lansbury, who was starting his first match since December, given a massive chance to impress in the heart of midfield.
Fans were not impressed however, with many questioning Bruce’s decision to give him a start over the likes of Conor Hourihane.
They took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
Snodgrass tried to do too much, Adomah was poor in the box. Lansbury was a waste of time, Grabban starved. #avfc
— Ja'Crispy Oakley (@Gazoaks) March 31, 2018
Lansbury with another chance and yet again a massive disappointment as usual, done nothing , those that keep going on saying how good he is and give him starts!, well i say fuck off and get real! Another chance for him and another game of doing nothing , ??♂️ #AVFC
— Layton (Probes) AVFC (@laytonprobert) March 31, 2018
Fortunate to get a point out of that. Cannot ask Jack to play centre mid & Lansbury invisible. So frustrating! #AVFC
— Chloe (@Chloe_Villa) March 31, 2018
Players as much to blame as Bruce , Adomah should have scored, Grealish and Lansbury poor , Grabban had no service , defence and goalkeeper can only come out with credit. Lets secure play offs then rest some players for last couple games.#avfc
— CarterTony (@MrAnthonyCarter) March 31, 2018
Someone please tell me how Jedinak and Lansbury offer more than Hourihane #AVFC
— Dan Williams (@WanDilliams) March 31, 2018
Is Lansbury playing ??♂️ #avfc.
— Gary Swain (@gazswain) March 31, 2018
Remember when everyone was calling for Lansbury to start? ???????????? #avfc
— Rick ??? (@Rick_avfc) March 31, 2018
#AVFC Lansbury always was underwhelming and still is, so I admire his consistency greatly.
— brucemac ? (@thegolfvillan) March 31, 2018
Would anyone care to explain to me why any Villa fan said we should start Lansbury? Seriously what has he done in the 15 months he’s been at the club that would make you say we should start him over Hourihane? #avfc
— Tom Harding (@tomjoeharding) March 31, 2018