Aston Villa fans have reacted with dismay to Steve Bruce’s line-up for the crucial Championship clash against Fulham on Saturday afternoon.
Fans think that Bruce has put out a negative side that will be playing for a draw.
The team news was announced on the official Aston Villa Twitter site ahead of the 3pm kick-off:
Team news: Our first XI and subs for today’s #FULAVL clash…
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) February 17, 2018
It’s a huge game for both sides with massive significance for promotion, with Aston Villa currently in the automatic spots in second with 59 points.
Fulham are in fifth spot seven points behind and Bruce will be aware that three points away from home today would be a huge step towards getting his die back in the top flight.
Villa are on an incredible run of seven wins in a row in the Championship and fans will be hoping they can make it eight from eight on Saturday.
However, they’re not convinced Bruce has put out the team to do it.
Here is a selection of the best reactions from Aston Villa fans ahead of the 3pm kick-off:
Playing fit the draw
— Jim owen (@Ozy125) February 17, 2018
I don’t like it, but got to support it today especially #avfc
— Luke Abbott (@Luke_Abbott01) February 17, 2018
anyone help me understand where Hogans support is? Or are we actually going solo unsupported striker to grind out a draw? Ah well.. #UTV
— Hayes Lockett (@HayesLockett) February 17, 2018
Wtf is this
— Joe Kilcoyne (@joekilcoyne16) February 17, 2018
Don't like the balance of that side. Looks very negative. We lost two attacking players and replaced with two defensive mids. Maybe hourihane further forward? Prefer green wide with snoddy in grealish role.
— Kaza (@pkaza84) February 17, 2018
That looks dodgy????
— Kyle (@KyleBillingham_) February 17, 2018
So we've gone for a draw then? Hmmm…
— Dave Ray (@DaveRay80) February 17, 2018
I’m so confused by this lineup
— . (@ffsgrexlish) February 17, 2018
Erm three holding midfielders
— JonathanSims (@jonsims1984avfc) February 17, 2018
— Jack Shaw (@Jackashaww) February 17, 2018
— Dan Wright (@DannyWright00) February 17, 2018
If Villa win today they can make it 10/10 with two more games in the Championship this month.
They host Preston North End on Tuesday night and travel to Sheffield Wednesday the following Saturday.
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