By Harry Sykes
Aston Villa fans reacted with anger on Twitter after the team lost 2-0 to lowly Preston on Saturday afternoon.
Goals from Ben Pearson and Jordan Hugill condemned Roberto Di Matteo’s side to a third defeat of the season, with Ross McCormack missing a late penalty.
It means they are 19th in the Championship table and the pressure is increasing on under-fire Di Matteo.
The Guardian claimed earlier this week that the Italian could face the axe if he failed to pick up a win against Barnsley on Tuesday or Preston on Saturday.
Villa’s haul of just a single point from the two matches means that the spotlight will now be placed even more on the former Chelsea and Schalke manager, who was only appointed in the summer.
Supporters are furious at the failures of a team who were in the Premier League last season to overcome second-tier sides, and much of their disappointment is centred at manager Di Matteo.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Just wow #AVFC can’t even score a penalty. 35 games to go we need a 4+ winning streak to even start thinking we could finish in the top 6.
— Dan Littleford (@8little_ford8) October 1, 2016
Last 51 league games, taking in three different seasons, Villa have won 4 matches #avfc
— Andrew Robins (@pongowaring) October 1, 2016
We’ve already turned on the manager, not good! 🙃 #avfc
— JAMES (@FairgrieveJ) October 1, 2016
Starting to get the feeling that if Di Matteo won the lottery he’d buy five Ferraris and forget to fill up with petrol. #avfc
— Villa Views (@ViewsVilla) October 1, 2016
— Guy Dunstan (@HolteEndHero) October 1, 2016
I would take Sherwood back in a heartbeat #avfc
— Luke Wall (@LukeWall_98) October 1, 2016
— Gregg Whitehouse (@orzmund1) October 1, 2016
Villa have started the season in disappointing fashion with only ten points from their opening 11 games, despite spending £50 million on transfers during the summer.
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