Aston Villa tasted defeat for the first time in the league in 2018 at the weekend as Fulham ran out 2-0 winners at Craven Cottage.
The men from Villa Park have had a good calendar year to really lift themselves into the automatic promotion picture and a win or even draw at the weekend would have been a very positive result.
A loss is what came, though, along with a performance that lacked the intensity and quality of the game before against Birmingham City.
An off-day for Villa, then, and an off-day for our latest FLW Spotlight subject – John Terry:
Terry, of course, has been absolutely brilliant for Villa this season in bringing his experience and knowledge to the fore in the Championship.
Certainly, signing him has proven to be a gamble worth taking for the club but he was perhaps not has influential at the back as he’d have liked and Villa seemed to be a bit off of the pace.
Not helped by the lack of pressure that was applied further forwards by Villa, Terry and co. at the back had to deal with a confident Fulham side and, ultimately, they could not keep them quiet.
No tackles and just one interception are stats from a defender that perhaps did not have their best game and – though he was not the main man at fault for the loss – Terry will be looking to get himself and his team-mates back on form v Preston.
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