Many Crystal Palace fans slammed James Tomkins for his performance in Saturday’s Premier League game against Aston Villa.
Palace were looking to return to winning ways after twice surrendering the lead in their 3-3 draw with Burnley last time out, but lost 2-1 after Marc Guehi’s last-minute goal was not enough to cancel out strikes from Matt Targett and John McGinn, despite Douglas Luiz getting sent off for the visitors.
Patrick Vieira made two changes from the side that started at Turf Moor.
Tomkins slotted into defence alongside Guehi, with Joachim Andersen unavailable after picking up a hamstring injury.
And Jordan Ayew dropped to the substitutes’ bench to make room for Michael Olise on the right wing.
Recapping Tomkins’ performance vs Villa
Tomkins was partly to blame as Villa bagged the opening goal on 15 minutes. Ashley Young delivered a corner, the centre-back missed his header and Targett was able to control and finish.
Palace had conceded a league-high nine goals from set pieces prior to the game, and the introduction of the 32-year-old seemingly did little to address the issue.
Tomkins also failed to make any tackles, and was guilty of losing possession of the ball five times (SofaScore).
Here’s what Palace fans on Twitter made of his display:
These Crystal Palace fans tear into Tomkins
“Luka and Tomkins look lost”
“How bad has Tomkins been?!”
“Luka has been appalling, Tomkins is shaky”
“Luka and Tomkins aren’t good enough and they never were”
“Vieira making all the wrong calls. Tomkins and Luka have been dreadful”
“Tomkins has genuinely forgot how to man mark at set-pieces, a shadow of his former self”
In other news, this pre-game news had lots of Palace fans talking.
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