It was a tough evening in the Sky Bet Championship for Steve Bruce and Aston Villa, who saw their automatic promotion hopes take a hit against Queens Park Rangers.
After recording three consecutive victories, Villa were looking to close in on second, however, last night they came unstuck against a QPR side who were 3-1 winners at Villa Park.
Ryan Manning, Jake Bidwell and Luke Freeman scored goals for Ian Holloway’s side, with Villa’s goal from James Chester a small consolation on a difficult evening.
Last night’s strike for Chester was his third in three appearances for Villa, with the defender one of very few players to come out of the QPR defeat with any credit.
The 29-year-old has been consistent alongside John Terry in central defence this season, and despite that unit conceding three times last night, Chester received plenty of praise, particularly for his goalscoring contribution.
Here is some reaction to the Welshman’s performance…
Well on the bright side Chester now has 3 in 3 #avfc
— Leon Whitehouse (@LLW1999_av) March 14, 2018
On the upside, James Chester (a defender) has as many goals in 3 games as Gabby Agbonlahor (a joke) has in 3 years. #AVFC
— Jon Sheasby (@JonSheasby) March 13, 2018
Dreadful performance. I thought I was at Madame Tussauds. Grealish and Snodgrass not great tonight. Chester looked good in defence. Not Villa's night. #avfc
— ❓❔Questions Craig❔❓ (@QuestionsCraig) March 13, 2018
— Oliver Wright (@0li_82) March 13, 2018
Wow. Chester 3 goals in a week, not that this goal meant anything #avfc
— ⚽️ (@Andre_Green19) March 13, 2018
Chester 3 in 3 wonder if he’s done that before in his career #avfc
— Villa & Broncos (@MrMWB) March 13, 2018
3 in 3 for Chester. Scant consolation really #avfc
— Boxy ⁵³ ???? (@srbsolihull) March 13, 2018
What was Bruce thinking? Playing Chester in defence? The man is in form, put him up front on Saturday???????????? #avfc
— Jack Nason (@nasonwrite) March 13, 2018
— Jack Devonald (@J_devonald) March 13, 2018
Chester's been positively prolific of late #AVFC
— Snodgrass fan account since 24/02/2018 (@dvtavfc) March 13, 2018
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