Aston Villa suffered their first defeat of the Dean Smith era last night, losing 2-1 at Carrow Road against a flying Norwich City side.
Smith picked up three points against Swansea City in his first game at the helm, but Villa’s weaknesses were highlighted at Carrow Road, with the men in claret and blue throwing away a lead.
James Chester had headed Villa into a first-half lead, but a second-half brace from Jordan Rhodes turned the game around.
The first of Rhodes’ goals came from a corner, with Orjan Nyland failing to clear what was in front of him and leaving his goal unguarded for the Norwich striker to fire a header in.
The 28-year-old goalkeeper could do little with Rhodes’ second, but his poor decision for the first goal highlighted the problems that Villa have in the goalkeeping department.
As expected following a defeat, there was plenty of reaction from Villa’s supporters, with Nyland sparking a lot of debate…
Need to let Nyland go. Too many errors. Said it before he makes the defence nurveous. #AVFC
— UP-THE-HOLTE-WE-GO (@jonsims1984avfc) October 24, 2018
Very sloppy 2nd half the two early changes was a big blow for us Hogan and el ghazi just none existent nyland poor again tuenzebe was class tonite . Going to take time to sort this team out but smith will #avfc
— Carl Naylor (@carln84) October 23, 2018
— Paul Edwards (@TheRealPaulE) October 23, 2018
#avfc nyland not good enough. Bree should be RB. Grealish is awful. Taylor Whelan Hourihane nothing more than squad players. Hogan played as he his like he hasn't kicked a ball all season. Smith and co have got their work cut out trying to sort this mess Bruce left us with
— Adam Villa™ (@Adam_Villa85) October 23, 2018
Can’t afford all these clangers, good shot stopper but again the first goal shows his weakness, poor goalkeeping for that ????
— Layton (Probes) AVFC (@laytonprobert) October 23, 2018
Not good enough for avfc. The alternatives are worse
— Christopher Howdle (@Chaoli13020) October 23, 2018
Couldn't catch a cold
— Royston Birkin (@BirkinRoyston) October 23, 2018
Worst goalie we have had for years
— Steve Evans avfc (@steveavfc52) October 23, 2018