'Really disappointed', 'Madness' - Aston Villa fans rage over Bruce decision v Leeds
Aston Villa fans have taken to social media to react to rage over Steve Bruce’s decision to snub young midfielder Callum O’Hare from the matchday squad against Leeds United at Elland Road.
The club revealed the starting line up for Friday’s clash via their official Twitter account, which confirmed that manager Steve Bruce had chosen to make just one change from the side which beat Ipswich Town in their last outing.
Team news: Our first XI and subs for tonight's #LEEAVL clash…
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) December 1, 2017
The injured Mile Jedinak, who came off in the match against the Tractor Boys, is replaced by veteran centre back Chris Samba, as they look to continue their push for promotion this season.
While there were few complaints about the Villans’ starting XI, fans were frustrated at the quality of those on the substitutes’ bench, with worries over a lack of attacking options who could change the game if need be.
Supporters were particularly angry on Twitter at the omission of 19-year-old midfielder O’Hare, who has been a regular among the substitutes in recent weeks, with three league appearances under his belt for the senior side this season.
Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:
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Should have OHare at least on the bench madness not having him. Only Jack can change the game from the bench. Bikir is absolutely shocking.
— Ches Avfc (@AvfcUTV1) December 1, 2017
No ohare? And tommy elphick on the bench? Really?
— Oli Williams (@OliWilliams69) December 1, 2017
o hares gotta be making the squad ahead of bjarnason or one of the 2 rb he has on the bench
— Joe T (@jo3to107) December 1, 2017
totally agree. Got enough defensive cover on the bench. What more does O'Hare have too do?
— matt capewell (@notthematcapewe) December 1, 2017
Nothing wrong with that XI, I agree with others I’d like to see O’hare on the bench but we’ve got wind in our sails. No point complaining. ! 2-1 Villa #utv
— Machiaveli (@Machiaveli1980) December 1, 2017
Wheres o'hare ffs
— John Rooker (@ClassOf82_AVFC) December 1, 2017
Whats happened to ohare ? #avfc
— martin murrihy (@muzzavilla) December 1, 2017
Really dissapointed not to see OHare on the bench tonight, think Davis could get tired quickly tonight and that leaves us nothing up front.
— Villa Mad (@VillaMad3) December 1, 2017
Since breaking through the youth ranks at Villa Park, the youngster has made six appearances across all competitions for the first team, his debut coming in the League Cup clash against Colchester.
Villa are currently sitting fourth in the Championship table after 19 games, six points ahead of Thomas Christiansen and his side in eighth, while they are nine points adrift of league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers
In other Aston Villa news, boss Bruce has heaped praise on this defender after his impressive performances this season.