By Matt Farr
Aston Villa have dropped an incredible 11 points in the Championship this season due to goalkeeping errors, according to a report.
The Birmingham Mail reflected on what has been a poor season for Aston Villa in England’s second-tier, and after scrutinising their defensive efforts, came to the conclusion that they had thrown away 11 points through goalkeeping errors alone.
The report homes in on the host of goalkeeping errors that have cost the Midlands side dearly this season, both under Roberto Di Matteo, and during Steve Bruce’s current tenure.
The goalkeepers at Villa Park are said to have been responsible for as many as eight individual errors, ranging from dreadful clearances to poor handling of crosses.
They have kept only six clean sheets between them all season, and have just one clean sheet from their last 16 matches.
Villa supporters have witnessed three different stoppers take a trip on the goalkeeping merry-go-round this season, with Pierluigi Gollini, Mark Bunn and Sam Johnstone all coming under fire.
Gollini’s performances at the start of the season were viewed as particularly alarming by Bruce, who opted to send him out on loan to Atalanta in January.
He chose to bring in Manchester United youngster Sam Johnstone as his replacement, but the 23-year-old has made a shaky start to his Villa career.
Johnstone has made two costly mistakes in their last two outings, first parrying a cross into the path of Wolves’ Joe Mason to resign Villa to a 1-0 defeat.
Then, in the 2-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest on Saturday, Johnstone fumbled a long-range effort from Jamie Ward, to allow Britt Assombalonga a simple finish.
Villa are currently 14th in the Championship, but had they not gifted 11 points to their league rivals over the course of the season, could have found themselves as high as seventh.
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