'Bruce has got to go' - Aston Villa fans destroy manager as 28-year-old is benched v Preston
By Danny Wright
Aston Villa fans have taken to Twitter to rage after the starting line-up was announced for their clash against Preston at Deepdale on Wednesday night.
The Villains have won just one of their last three matches and it seems that fans are starting to get impatient with Steve Bruce was again, with many taking issue at his decision to exclude Neil Taylor from his starting XI despite him being available again after suspension.
The West Midlands side announced the team news on their official Twitter account prior to kick-off.
???????? Tonight's team for #PNEAVL…
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) November 1, 2017
Traditional right-back Alan Hutton has been drafted in to play at left-back while Taylor, 28, is named to watch on from the bench when play gets underway.
Many supporters believe that this is a massive gaffe by Bruce, and one has even suggested that the ex-Sunderland and Birmingham boss should be sacked if he fails to secure a result against Preston on Wednesday.
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Here is a selection of their tweets:
No Taylor because many will feel like he deserves to keep his spot, no Jedi because he just came back and Whelan deserves to start #avfc
— AVFCchats (@AVFCchats) November 1, 2017
Not a lot on the bench if we need to make a positive change. Taylor not coming back in is very odd too. #AVFC
— Rob Czerwinski (@rob23avfc) November 1, 2017
I'm sorry but if we fail to win tonight Bruce has got to go, how on earth do you justify Hutton at LB when Taylor is available?! #AVFC
— Matt (@dvtavfc) November 1, 2017
— Mickey #UTV (@av1_villa) November 1, 2017
We have Taylor why not play him
— Jake (@NooneAVFC) November 1, 2017
— Fletch (@itsf73tch) November 1, 2017
What on earth is that
— Dave (@Dave_1874) November 1, 2017
Wales international Taylor has been ever-present for Villa this season before his three-game ban which followed his sending off against Bolton.
He has made 11 appearances, starting every time, but he may have to make due with just a role warming the bench at Deepdale.