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:

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.

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