Aston Villa were dumped out of the EFL Cup by Middlesbrough on Tuesday night after suffering a 2-0 defeat to their Championship rivals at Villa Park.
Villa entered the League Cup fixture off the back of a morale-boosting 3-0 win over Barnsley at the weekend, which eased the pressure on under-fire head coach Steve Bruce.
The team were brought crashing back down to earth on Tuesday, however, as a second-half double from Patrick Bamford saw Middlesbrough book their spot in the fourth round of the competition.
Villa also had Tommy Elphick sent off on what was a rotten night for the club, with just under 12,000 supporters turning up to watch the mid-week fixture.
After the match, Villa’s official Twitter account looked to put a positive spin on the result, revealing that the team had a late penalty appeal turned down, in addition to missing some opportunities to find the back of the net.
However, the club’s supporters were not interested in excuses following another poor show.
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) September 19, 2017
I think on a positive note now we are out of the cup we have more than enough to avoid relegation this season.
— John Blewitt (@JohnBlewitt2) September 19, 2017
We had shots saved? Oh well that's ok then.
— Big Bad Barry (@bazfitz1982) September 19, 2017
Sorry for fans who went. Any plans to refund them @AVFCOfficial? We totally threw the game away with team selection and lack of effort…
— Josh Locke (@LockeoftheRings) September 19, 2017
You just have to try and put a positive spin on it don't you? I'm sure Barney The Dinosaur runs this acc. Explains the boundless enthusiasm.
— PJE (@Dial49RednGold) September 19, 2017
It's pathetic how we surrender in these cup competitions. That was diabolical.
— Tom Ritchie (@tomritchie1982) September 19, 2017
Shambles fight like mice why charge us 15 quid and put the stiffs out woeful Villa . Wonder why we had just over 10k there tonight 😠
— Rick Payne (@trappy007) September 19, 2017
Yet another poor result to add to the list so far this season
— BobV3 (@BobVee3) September 19, 2017
Wish I hadn't gone tonight. So bored. Only positive was Ohare. Since when is Hutton a left back. No fire power up front.
— Martin Woodbridge (@mgwoodbridge23) September 19, 2017
Absolutely dreadful, not a single positive can be taken from that performance.
— Nelson Jones (@NelsonJ16956607) September 19, 2017