Aston Villa’s disappointing start to the Championship season continued as they were held to a goalless draw by Brentford at Villa Park on Saturday, and Villa fans were particularly unimpressed with the performance of James Bree at right-back.
Steve Bruce’s men came into the fixture against the Bees having bounced back from taking one point from a possible nine at the start of the campaign by taking four from their previous two games, but they struggled to make much of an impact against Dean Smith’s side.
The Midlands outfit had just one shot on target all afternoon and in truth they had goalkeeper Sam Johnstone to thank for helping them get a point.
Bree had been handed a rare start at right-back by Bruce with Alan Hutton missing out on a place in the squad having only just returned from injury, but the 19-year-old perhaps didn’t make the most of the opportunity he had been given.
Aston Villa supporters were quick to have their say on his showing via social media, with some describing his performance as a “joke” and others saying he simply “isn’t good enough”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Can we ensure James Bree. Gets lessons from Alan Hutton on how to defend and then how to attack . Waste of right side today #avfc
— Grant Danskine (@Foxbrow1) September 9, 2017
Villa fans bang on about Alan Hutton & how Bree is the future. Well not on today's performance. #AVFC
— Kevin Hughes (@kevinhughes348) September 9, 2017
We were awful today…clueless tactics..atmosphere was getting toxic..lots of deserved boo's.
Bree at right back..joke performance. #avfc
— Dave (@AVFC_DAVE) September 9, 2017
Bree isn't good enough #avfc
— Lauren (@LaurenAVFC) September 9, 2017
Bree better than RDL 🤣🤣. #avfc.
— Gary Swain (@gazswain) September 9, 2017
— MarkP (@VillaMarkPGH) September 9, 2017
All the villa fans slate alan hutton and glad he injured yet when he dont play our rb gets ripped apart bree and de laey not good enough
— ToniKingscott (@antonia3500) September 9, 2017