Aston Villa slumped to their second loss in two days with a 3-1 defeat to Fulham on Easter Monday at Craven Cottage, with fans singling out one individual as a weak link.
Tommy Elphick was making his first start for the Midlands side in two months, in a decision made by manager Steve Bruce to shake things up and go with a 3-5-2 formation, with the likes of Henri Lansbury, Conor Hourihane, Leandro Bacuna, Alan Hutton and Albert Adomah missing out.
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Things started off badly for the visitors, with the highly-rated Ryan Sessegnon putting Fulham ahead after 17 minutes.
The outlook was even bleaker for Villa when Jonathan Kodjia saw red five minutes later, after kicking out at Ryan Fredericks.
Once the second half started, Jack Grealish gave the Villans some hope after equalising early, however strikes from Sone Aluko and Neeskens Kebano ended any chance of taking something back to Villa Park.
After watching their team being beaten for the second time in three days, supporters took to social media to highlight and criticise Elphick’s contribution to the match.
The 29-year-old was one of three centre-backs named in the starting XI, alongside James Chester and Nathan Baker, however many of the club’s fans saw fit to slate his performance on Twitter.
Here are some of their reactions:
I don't get why elphick is playing at least try Richards.
— Connor Tysall (@ConnorTysall) April 17, 2017
Agreed Jamie. Lots to ship out – Bacuna, Amavi, Elphick, Gil, Sanchez,
— Simon Froggatt (@FroggattSimon) April 17, 2017
Wrong formation and hopefully the last nail in the coffins of Elphick, Gardner, Amavi and still Grealish. #avfc
— Ja'Crispy Oakley (@Gazoaks) April 17, 2017
No surprise with that #avfc result given rubbish selections. Grealish/Gardner lightweight, Amavi useless, Elphick is shot.
— Silver Fox (@silver_fox24) April 17, 2017
Disaster! Elphick and Gardner are anonymous. Should come off at half time. #avfc
— Carl Simpson (@carlsimpson92) April 17, 2017
We'll beat them. As long as Elphick amavi and gardener don't play.
— Jack James-powell (@JackJamespowell) April 17, 2017
Gary Gardner, Elphick, Amavi & weak Grealish can all get out of this team in the summer. And not soon enough. #avfc
— Sam Wells (@SameWells) April 17, 2017
Baker , Amavi and Elphick are diabolical
— Steve Evans avfc (@steveavfc52) April 17, 2017
Really expected Elphick to be a presence & regular this season.Very decent individual but will be surprised if he isn't sold #avfc
— DOMINIC HUNT (@domhunt73) April 17, 2017