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Aston Villa fans take to Twitter to slam shoddy Whelan

Aston Villa fans take to Twitter to slam shoddy Whelan

When it matters in big games, big players step up. In the first half, it looked like West Brom would be the ones stepping up when Dwight Gayle scored early on, capitalising on a horrible error from Glenn Whelan. In hindsight, starting Whelan was a mistake in itself, and the veteran midfielder got the Villains off to a woeful start.

At times, the experienced ex-Stoke man can be all that the Birmingham club need in midfield, helping to glue things together with his calm and measured approach as the likes of John McGinn and Jack Grealish do their thing in front of him. However, this time, as he laid a ball into Grealish and got the return, Whelan missed the simple touch and allowed Gayle in for the simplest of goals.

It would, in the end, be the man who came off the bench to replace Whelan who would draw the game, and the tie, level. Conor Hourihane scored a wonderful goal to restore parity at Villa Park, and when the Villains make the short trip to The Hawthorns to take on The Baggies on Tuesday they’ll all be hoping that Whelan is binned off in favour of Hourihane, and for obvious reason.

You can read the Villains’ thoughts on Whelan here:

The Villains were far from happy with Whelan yesterday and will be desperate for the Irishman to start on the bench next time out, with his Villa exit drawing nearer and nearer.

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