Aston Villa fans pan 26-year-old on Twitter after defeat to Newcastle
By Harry Sykes
Henri Lansbury scored an own goal in Aston Villa’s 2-0 defeat to Newcastle on Monday night – and fans took to Twitter to pan his display.
The miserable start to Lansbury’s Villa career sunk to a new low at St James’ Park when he contributed to the home side taking a two-goal lead midway through the second period.
Lansbury was well placed on the line to keep out Jamaal Lascelles’ 59th minute goalbound header but the midfielder got his feet in a muddle and the ball squirmed embarrassingly over the line.
The former Nottingham Forest midfielder hung his head in shame and Newcastle fans roared their approval at the misfortune of a player who had been integral to their defeat at the City Ground earlier in the season when they were reduced to nine men.
Villa fans were apoplectic at the latest agonising moment from Lansbury and made their feelings clear about the player’s performance on social media.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
I hate the fact Steve Bruce feels he needs to justify his purchases by continually playing Hourihane, Lansbury and Bjarnasson ???????? #avfc
— Aaron (@aaronaustin82) February 20, 2017
Lansbury needs to come off, his head has gone. Can’t make a pass. #avfc
— AVFC FORUMS (@avfcforums) February 20, 2017
Home from work. Watch 2 minutes of #AVFC until Lansbury decides to continue our joke of a season. At least I can now turn off the TV.
— Richard Tidmarsh (@RichTidmarsh) February 20, 2017
Henri Lansbury OG, not one of our signings not even him has been half decent #avfc
— AVFCchats (@AVFCchats) February 20, 2017
WOW LANSBURY…! We are so, so bad #avfc
— Laura O’Meara (@laurajomeara) February 20, 2017
Looks like Lansbury trying not to get booked by not getting involved too much. #avfc
— Belley (@thebellsarering) February 20, 2017
Lansbury joined Villa in the January window but has struggled to make an impact for a team which sunk to its seventh league defeat in eight matches on Monday night.
The 26-year-old, who was signed for his ability to create and score goals, has failed to either open his account or contribute an assist from six matches for his new club.
In other Aston Villa news, Steve Bruce has shared details of a text message he has received from club owner Tony Xia.