Aston Villa lost 2-0 to local rivals West Brom today, with Dean Smith’s side nowhere near their best once again.
After a decent start, they quickly lost control of the game and Albion scored two quickfire goals just before the break to hold a commanding lead.
Then, they lacked any sort of creativity to open up a resolute Baggies side, with the Villa midfield really struggling to get things going.
Therefore, it was no surprise to see Conor Hourihane replaced on the hour mark and the substitution was met with cheers from the home support.
The Irishman has come in for plenty of criticism recently and he didn’t have the best of games this afternoon, although he surely won’t have appreciated the reaction from the fans.
That criticism continued on twitter, with many making their feelings known about the 28-year-old.
Here’s some of the reaction…
Although Hourihane has been poor for some time now, the way we treat some players is mind blowing. The abuse hurled at him was embarrassing, doesn’t help when his confidence is clearly rock bottom! #AVFC
— Jacob (@JacobFurnell10) February 16, 2019
Disgusted by the way Hourihane just walked off so slowly when we were 2-0 down. He has been woeful recently and his attitude needs sorting out too… #AVFC
— Matt (@reel_villan) February 16, 2019
Tried to defend hourihane this season but as time goes on I fail to see what he brings apart from the occasional worlidie and set piece #avfc
— villa_views (@villanews11) February 16, 2019
Conor hourihane absolute disgrace your supposed to be a cm and tackle pathetic just runs to a player and then stops #avfc
— Lewis Dunn (@lewisdunn96) February 16, 2019
Conor Hourihane – proving that sometimes stats are misleading. Good honest pro, nice left peg, but can’t see a future for him under Smith. Flatters to deceive #avfc
— Jamie Gray (@JMGray80) February 16, 2019
— Craig Fudger (@CraigFudger) February 16, 2019
The way hourihane walked off after being subbed, epitomises what is wrong with the club right now #avfc
— Mayson Silcock (@Mayson92) February 16, 2019