Date: 17th April 2017 at 4:46pm
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By Harry Sykes

Tommy Ephick was handed his first Aston Villa start for two months in their defeat to Fulham on Monday – and fans took to Twitter to pan his display.

The 29-year-old was one of three centre-backs named in the starting XI as Steve Bruce made five changes and deployed a 3-5-2 formation for the team’s second match in three days.

It did not pay dividends as 10-man Villa slumped to a 3-1 defeat, their second consecutive Championship defeat after falling to the same scoreline at Reading on Saturday.

Elphick was handed a rare start as Henri Lansbury, Conor Hourihane, Leandro Bacuna, Alan Hutton and Albert Adomah were axed from the starting XI.

Ryan Sessegnon put Fulham ahead at Craven Cottage before Jonathan Kodjia was sent off for violent conduct.

Jack Grealish equalised early in the second half but Sone Aluko and Neeskens Kebano secured the three points with subsequent strikes.

Villa fans were unimpressed with their side’s defensive display and highlighted the performance of Elphick, with many claiming he should be sold in the summer.

Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:

Elphick was given his first start since the 2-0 defeat to Newcastle in February, and since then he has played just 15 minutes of football.

The 29-year-old had been an unused substitute in seven of Villa’s previous 10 games after losing his starting spot.

In other Aston Villa news, talks are to get underway as a proven Premier League performer wants to join the Midlands club.

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