By Will Butcher
Aston Villa’s Twitter fans have been left ruing their side’s incapability to hold onto a lead late on this season, after conceding an 88th-minute equaliser to Brentford.
John Egan’s equaliser for the Bees in Wednesday’s 1-1 draw at Villa Park is the fourth time this season that Roberto Di Matteo’s side have been unable to hold onto a lead in the dying moments, losing points after the 85th minute to Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest and Huddersfield.
The Midlands outfit were leading Dean Smith’s side 1-0 after £15million summer signing Jonathan Kodjia had found the back of the net for the first time in a claret and blue shirt.
However, Republic of Ireland under-21 international Egan’s deflected shot found the net to spoil the party for a fourth time in just seven Championship matches.
Fans are not impressed with their side’s defensive stability late on, which has cost them a draw and three wins.
The additional seven points would have seen Villa pocket 14 points in total and be placed in a play-offs position.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Just got home, not in a great mood at all. Another evening ruined by a late goal, i dont even know what to say anymore.. #avfc
— JUST MARC HUTTON (@justmarchutton) September 14, 2016
— Jacqueline (@luckysseven) September 14, 2016
Another late goal. What is going on with not holding onto a lead or putting the game to bed!!! Sort it NOW Villa!!!! #AVFC
— Nick (@NicoAVFC) September 14, 2016
another late goal conceded came out 2nd half defensive Tactic and thats wat happen RDM needs 2 go 7 points in 7 games not good enough #avfc
— Michael Hellyer (@Hellyer7) September 14, 2016
— Stuart Carlton (@sdcarltonesq) September 14, 2016
— Mike Piscina (@M1keP10) September 14, 2016
You've got to ask what Di Matteo says to Villa at HT. Another late goal . The Dr won't be happy #avfc
— Hoathy (@brummieeagle) September 14, 2016
Trying to stay positive but ffs it's not easy. How many times do we need to concede a late goal to learn from it??? #AVFC
— Alex Othon (@lovespud83) September 14, 2016
— Steve B (@stevinho21) September 14, 2016
Villa so predictable. Another late goal conceded. Thought this team was full of leaders ?!?! #avfc
— Mathew Day (@mathew_day) September 14, 2016
Villa have recorded just one win all season despite spending almost £60million on new talent this summer, with a 3-0 win against Rotherham.
However, Di Matteo’s side are now languishing above the Championship drop zone in 17th with just seven points from as many games, and face a difficult task of travelling to Ipswich on Saturday.
In other Aston Villa news, fans are already predicting their new manager’s fate on Twitter after the draw against Brentford.