By Wayne Veysey

1st Oct, 2016 | 5:40pm

Aston Villa fans give Twitter verdicts on Di Matteo after defeat to Preston

By Harry Sykes

Aston Villa fans took to Twitter on Saturday evening to urge the club to sack Roberto Di Matteo after the team’s 2-0 to lowly Preston.

Goals from Ben Pearson and Jordan Hugill condemned Villa to a third defeat of the season, with Ross McCormack missing a late penalty.

It means they are 19th in the Championship table and just two places above the relegation zone.

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.

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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.

The majority of fans called for Villa to sack Di Matteo just two months into his reign.

Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:

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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