By Harvey Byrne

Former Premier League midfielder Kevin Nolan has blasted Tommy Elphick for his decision making in the build-up to Henri Lansbury’s own goal against Newcastle on Monday evening.

The Midlands giants fell to a 2-0 defeat against the north east club at St.James’ Park with Yoan Gouffran putting his side ahead in the first half before Lansbury’s second half error.

It was a moment of humiliation for the January signing after there was a lot of talk about him going into the match, but Nolan believes he wasn’t helped by defender Elphick, who lost his man.

“I know Henri and he will be gutted with this,” told Nolan as a pundit for the match on Sky Sports, as quoted by the Chronicle.

“He does all the right things, he gets on the post, but he just doesn’t keep his eye on the ball, but Elphick needs to take some responsibility, because he has allowed his man to get in front of him.”

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Elphick, 29, made the switch to Villa in the summer from Bournemouth and was named captain in his first few months at the club.

However, he has so far unimpressed in his first 21 appearances in theam and fans went as far as to slam his selection ahead of the match at St. James’ Park.

His poor displays have played a part in Aston Villa’s disastrous form which has seen them go on a winless run since a victory over Burton on Boxing Day.

Fans will now be hoping there is a quick turnaround in their form, but the fixture list doesn’t look to be getting any easier with play-off chasing Derby coming up next.

In other Aston Villa news, fans have torn into this January midfield signing after a string of poor performances.

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