By Harvey Byrne
Micah Richards made his return to the Aston Villa line-up on Saturday against Wolves – but fans on Twitter were left disappointed with the experienced defender’s performance.
Richards, 28, started the match at right-back for Villa in his first appearance for the club since mid-September, marking just his third appearance for the side in the new campaign in all competitions.
He played 66 minutes before being brought off for Alan Hutton in the 1-1 draw, with striker Jonathan Kodjia bagging a penalty before Helder Costa also scored a penalty.
Aston Villa fans were left disappointed with the performance of Richards on social media, with many pointing out his mistakes during the match.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Josh Houghton (@JoshHoughton6) October 15, 2016
Can't we play Bruce instead of Richards? #avfc
— Leon CLL (@leon_cll) October 15, 2016
Micah Richards is astoundingly bad at football #AVFC
— The Matt Villan (@dvtavfc) October 15, 2016
Re: Cissokho and Richards .. I've played with better on a Sunday morning .. truly awful footballers #avfc
— Dr Andy (@andyjack01) October 15, 2016
Micah Richards looks overweight. His lack of talent is also a worry. #AVFC
— Paul Munnelly (@Munners_) October 15, 2016
Bacuna must be mystified to be behind Richards/Hutton. #avfc
— Matt? (@MattB88) October 15, 2016
That second half was dire, we hardly got out of our half. Surely Bruce must see Richards isn't good enough. Our best player Adomah #avfc
— John Furnish (@SirDickOfHearts) October 15, 2016
The full-back moved to Aston Villa last summer after his contract at cash rich Manchester City expired.
The clash against Wolves marked Steve Bruce’s first game in charge of the Midlands outfit after Roberto di Matteo was sacked when the club suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Preston.
Villa are currently placed in 20th with just one win in the Championship this season, with 11 points from 12 fixtures.
They will travel to Jaap Stam’s Reading team on Tuesday, who will provide a tough challenge sat in seventh place.
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