A much-changed Aston Villa lost 2-0 against Middlesbrough in the third round of the EFL Cup at Villa Park on Tuesday night, and Villa fans were not impressed with the performance of Tommy Elphick.
Steve Bruce decided to make 11 alterations to the team that picked up just their second Championship win of the campaign when they beat Barnsley 3-0 at Oakwell on Saturday, and Elphick made a rare appearance in the back four having fallen out of favour since the former Hull City manager took the reins last October.
The 30-year-old was also handed the captain’s armband against Boro as he looked to stake a claim for a regular spot in the side, but things took a turn for the worse when the defender gave away a penalty and was given a second yellow card, leaving his team with 10 men for the remaining 30 or so minutes.
Aston Villa supporters were quick to have their say on his showing via social media, and while some said he “should be ashamed”, others ‘don’t want to see him put a Villa shirt on again’.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
However the senior pro's last night should be ashamed elphick!!! Hutton BB and hogan looks shot #avfc
— the ginger one (@mahonnew67) September 20, 2017
Tonight showed we were mad to let Baker go. Elphick, Samba and Richards are nowhere near good enough if Chester or Terry get injured. #AVFC
— Paul Nash (@brummieboy1) September 19, 2017
Bjarnason and Elphick should never put a villa shirt on again😡 #avfc
— Chelsea Gibson-Homer (@chels25avfc31) September 19, 2017
Not too fussed about what happened tonight in terms of the result but it did show how terrible tommy elphick is #AVFC
— Joe (@TacticalTxrry) September 19, 2017
— Prepared PR (@preparedpr) September 19, 2017
Take whatever we can from it. Move on. One thing for certain, Elphick came with a great reputation and destroyed it himself. #avfc
— Rob Lenehan (@RobLenehan) September 19, 2017
Throw Tommy Elphick in the bin #avfc
— Javo (@JavvieSmalls) September 19, 2017
— Andy Miller (@millkong1976) September 19, 2017
That's the last of Elphick in a Villa top. #AVFC
— Adrian Siggins (@Adrian_Siggins) September 19, 2017