By Danny Wright
Aston Villa fans have reacted angrily on Twitter after their loss to Blackburn proved to have no bearing on Birmingham’s relegation chances.
Many Villa supporters had called upon their own side to lose at Ewood Park on Saturday to force their bitter rivals into the Championship’s relegation zone – something which most of the fan base frowned upon.
However, Harry Redknapp’s side walked away from their home clash with promotion-chasing Huddersfield with a shock 2-0 win, despite missing a penalty and being reduced to 10 men in the first half.
Danny Graham scored the only goal of the game in Villa’s loss to Blackburn, but their loss was rendered futile in forcing Blues into the bottom three.
If Steve Bruce’s side managed to get an equaliser against the Rovers, it would have sealed Birmingham’s safety.
With one game to go, Redknapp’s side are two points clear of the bottom three after their win, but moved ahead of Nottingham Forest, who lost 2-0 to QPR.
Blackburn remain in the relegation zone by virtue of goal difference.
Villa fans were not happy with each other on social media after Saturday’s action drew to a close and here is a selection of their tweets:
Another poor performance regardless if ya wanted us ta lose ta get blues relegated 6500 fans and thats all they can do embarrassing
— Paul Montgomery (@AVFCmonty) April 29, 2017
Blues result frustrating but not as annoying as the dross being served up by #avfc week in week out.
— Villa Views (@ViewsVilla) April 29, 2017
Blues 2-0 up and we are losing to Blackburn. With another awful performance apparently. ????#avfc
— Victor (@vicramsey85) April 29, 2017
If you were watching us, so far you'd think the players want Blues to go down…. #AVFC
— Phil Kimberley (@philkimbo) April 29, 2017
So the Blues ain't going down & we're not very good. Plus ça change #AVFC
— ???? (@Yxllop) April 29, 2017
Haha I think a fair few villa fans didn't take into account blues may win..
— Ant ⭐ (@upthevilla76) April 29, 2017
Villa fans sing about blues going down but moan when blackburn score ????????????
— Jasmin Nicole (@JasminNicole321) April 29, 2017
"Hope everyone's happy with the loss, we've lost our best player and the blues won! Get in"
Our fan base is embaressing
— James (@Shead_AV) April 29, 2017
Four teams can still be relegated from the Championship next week.
Bristol can seal their safety if they can get a point in their final two games while Birmingham would be safe if one of Forest or Blackburn both fail to win.
In other Aston Villa news, here are three things learned from Saturday’s loss at Ewood Park.