Aston Villa suffered a catastrophic defeat in their quest for automatic promotion to the Premier League with a 3-1 loss at Villa Park against QPR in the Championship on Tuesday night.
With Cardiff City and Wolves beating Brentford and Reading respectively, it meant that Steve Bruce’s side needed to win in order to keep up the pressure.
But goals from Ryan Manning, Jake Bidwell, and Luke Freeman left Villa’s promotion hopes in tatters with a seven-point gap between them and the Bluebirds in second place.
It is now looking as though the Villans only route to the top-flight will be through the play offs – that is unless one of the sides above suffers a terrible end to the season.
Neil Warnock is a master of promotion and Wolves have too much quality to let their advantage slide so late in the day which means it’s now looking very unlikely.
But despite the defeat, supporters were still happy with the showing of centre-back James Chester, who scored his third goal in his last three games, adding to his previous efforts against Wolves and Sunderland.
It also left supporters comparing his goal tally to that of Gabby Agbonlahor, the veteran attacker.
Here is a selection of Twitter responses to the player who scored again:
James Chester has scored more in 3 games than agbonlahor in 3 years.
— Sean Stevenson (@AVFCSS) March 14, 2018
On the upside, James Chester (a defender) has as many goals in 3 games as Gabby Agbonlahor (a joke) has in 3 years. #AVFC
— Jon Sheasby (@JonSheasby) March 13, 2018
3 in 3 for James Chester isn't it? #AVFC
— Daniel Raza (@dhraza) March 13, 2018
James Chester that's more like it shame about tonight but need to keep going
— James Montgomery (@JamesMonty1996) March 13, 2018
james chester marry me x
— Phoebe (@phr_x) March 13, 2018
Yes, three goals… To QPR… and a consolation from a defender that puts all other outfield players to shame. Well done.
— Dickie B (@dickiebaird) March 13, 2018
Well we're behind another corner, goes short and plays through to get to James Chester who puts us on board! Wow. It's fun to score goals.
— 7500 to Holte (@7500toHolte) March 13, 2018
At least Chester is on fire lads! Everything is fine OK?!
— Mark Swain (@Marxwain) March 13, 2018
The only positive I can take is that my man James Chester scored again ???? The same amount of league goals as Scott Hogan ????????
— Rory McDermott (@rmcd014) March 13, 2018
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