By Will Butcher
Aston Villa chairman Tony Xia has seemingly criticised Roberto Di Matteo on Twitter following Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Nottingham Forest.
Di Matteo’s side failed to hold on to a 2-1 lead as Forest captain Henri Lansbury equalised in the 87th minute of the Championship clash at Villa Park.
It was the third time this season that Villa have lost points in the dying minutes and Twitter-friendly chairman Xia vented his frustration via his personal Twitter account on Sunday night.
Responding to a fans who claimed the team were “unlucky”, Xia said that making the “same mistake” three times is not down to luck and he “would never forgive myself” if he kept repeating his errors.
@Dr_TonyXia team played well created 26 chances ! We got unlucky UTV
— Longbridge Lions (@Longbridgelions) September 11, 2016
Unlucky could be excuse once , not be twice,third times… I would never forgive myself when I make the same mistake https://t.co/YWgaZIEJfG
— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) September 11, 2016
In previous league matches, Di Matteo’s new-look side lost to Sheffield Wednesday thanks to an 85th-minute goal, before Huddersfield snatched a point at Villa Park in the 86th minute.
The new Villa owner is clearly disappointed with Di Matteo’s start at the helm, after spending around £55million on new talent including the likes of Jonathan Kodjia, Ross McCormack and James Chester.
The Championship giants have recorded just one domestic victory this season against Rotherham, as they languish above the relegation places in 17th position. They have also suffered the ignominy of being knocked out by League Two minnows Luton Town in the EFL Cup.
Positives are likely to be taken from the match; McCormack found the back of the net for the first time in a claret and blue shirt, but pressure is beginning to mount on former Chelsea boss Di Matteo.