Aston Villa drew 1-1 with Preston North End on Tuesday night in the Championship as both sides took a share of the spoils.
The visitors took the lead through Tom Barkhuizen in the 37th minute and Lewis Grabban bagged a 66th-minute equaliser from the spot.
Villa looked as though they would take advantage of the equaliser by getting a winner but it didn’t materialise and supporters pointed to the absent Jack Grealish as the reason behind their struggles.
It was the second successive game in the league that Steve Bruce’s side have failed to collect maximum points – having fallen to defeat against Fulham in the weekend last time out.
And the Villa faithful had one name on their lips as they looked for the reason behind their recent shortcomings – Jack Grealish.
The 22-year-old midfielder was out of the game at Craven Cottage on Saturday through injury and was greatly missed as Villa struggled to break down a strong Fulham side.
Supporters feel that after a run of seven straight wins in the league, the fact that the Claret and Blues have not collected maximum points in his absence shows just what an important player he is.
Here is a selection of Tweets from fans who want to see Grealish back in a Villa shirt quickly:
Think it highlights how much we are a one player team. We have a few decent players but grealish contributes soooo much to our game
— Matt Sadler (@mattdsadler) February 20, 2018
Not Bjarnason’s best game. Every final ball is very poor, missing Grealish and his creativity and the width from Adomah. Tuanzebe has been excellent as well. Will take a point from today’s display. #AVFC #UTV #Villa
— Nathan (@nthacker17) February 20, 2018
— Gemma (@Gemma_Mariexxxx) February 20, 2018
@JackGrealish1 get fit please..
— Paul (@Paul_725) February 20, 2018
how can jack grealish make such a difference to us. plays 7 win 7, missing for 2 lose 2 #AVFC
— Quinndrick Lemar (@diquinnyonk) February 20, 2018
@JackGrealish1 i miss you x
— Aston Villa Blog (@AVFC_Blog) February 20, 2018
@JackGrealish1 pls come back
— ζακ???? (@DELLKEYBOARDS) February 20, 2018
We really are jack Grealish F.C.
— G???????? (@Gerard_Acton) February 20, 2018
— Richard Jones (@villarichie) February 20, 2018
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