By Dominic Toner
Aston Villa defender Tommy Elphick played the full 90 minutes in the defeat against Newcastle – and the club’s supporters were extremely critical of his performance on Twitter.
The 29-year-old was recalled to the starting line-up on Monday night to replace Nathan Baker, but was unable to prevent the club suffering a fifth consecutive league defeat.
The Midlands club suffered a 2-0 away loss at St James’ Park and Yoan Gouffran opened the scoring in the first-half, before Henri Lansbury netted an own goal.
Villa fans highlighted the display of centre-back Elphick and were furious with his contribution in the defeat.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
never want to see elphick in a villa shirt again #avfc
— Alisha 🤩 (@alishaavfc) February 20, 2017
Both goals Elphick let's the attacker get in front of him, it's basic stuff. If he can't defend WHY is he in? #AVFC
— Jock Malaga (@JockMalaga) February 20, 2017
Can someone return elphick to sender. Don't worry about a refund. Keep the money #avfc
— Mr P (@ip1103) February 20, 2017
Lads until Elphick is taken our of that team we can't link with strikers. We play too deep sue to lack of pace and teams squeeze us hence LB
— Emmet Byrne (@byrnesey_avfc) February 20, 2017
Have we actually won a game with elphick playing #AVFC
— Colin Joyce (@beast_gbgolfer) February 20, 2017
Think there are still players who are struggling to adjust to #avfc. Hogan, Hourihane, Elphick & Bjarnason come to mind.
— David Summers (@davidsummers64) February 20, 2017
Ffs Elphick wake up #avfc
— Chels⚽️🏏 (@chels15avfc) February 20, 2017
Villa’s defeat leaves them 17th-placed in the Championship table, but they are just six points above the drop zone and in real danger of being dragged into the relegation battle.
They have been poor defensively this season and have conceded 14 goals in their last seven league matches.
Elphick has been unable to cement his position in defence and has endured spells in and out of the team this campaign.
The centre-back delivered an unsteady performance against Newcastle and will face a nervous wait to see if he is involved in Saturday’s game at home to Derby, which is followed by a clash against Bristol City.
He captained the side in the earlier stages of the season under Roberto Di Matteo, but has not been able to fully convince Steve Bruce of his ability.
In other Aston Villa team news, George Boateng has delivered his verdict on the club’s season.