By Dominic Toner
Aston Villa fans were left frustrated on Twitter after conceding a late goal in a 2-2 draw with Championship rivals Nottingham Forest on Sunday.
Roberto Di Matteo’s side managed to score two goals in quick succession to put them 2-1 up in the closing stages of the game but Henri Lasbury grabbed a late equaliser in the 87th minute.
Strikers Ross McCormack and Rudy Gestede had cancelled out a phenomenal long range strike from Apostles Vellios, with all the goals taking place in a manic second-half.
Forest’s Hildeberto Pereira was sent-off for a second bookable offence after celebrating with the supporters, to conclude an enthralling Championship match at Villa Park.
Aston Villa fans have been left disappointed with the point and they feel the result is two points dropped rather than one gained.
Roberto Di Matteo handed Jonathan Kodjia his Villa debut but it was another new signing McCormack who drew them level, thanks to an assist from team-mate Jordan Ayew.
Powerful forward Gestede scored his third league goal of the season with an acrobatic finish but the Villa defence could not hang on for three points.
Mark Bunn was forced to replace Pierluigi Gollini as the goalkeeper for the second-half after the Italian suffered a heavy collision with Lansbury.
The result leaves Villa with just six points from their first six matches and already five points adrift of the play-off places.
In other Aston Villa team news, the club’s supporters reacted to Jack Grealish agreeing a new four-year deal.