Wolves came out on top in their West Midlands derby against Aston Villa yesterday at Molineux, clinching a 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez.
The visitors didn’t really get going during the first half, at the end of which left back Matt Targett was forced off with concussion, to be replaced by Neil Taylor.
Welshman Taylor struggled to deal with the pace of Adama Traore, most notably on the second goal, when the former Middlesbrough man raced around him to tee up Jimenez.
Smith had obviously detailed Targett to deal with Traore but his plans had to change because of the head injury and Taylor never got to grips with his rapid opponent.
The supporters on Twitter were not sympathetic to that and tore into Taylor for his poor performance in one of the biggest games of their season so far.
There was some heavy criticism for the former Swansea man, although better players than the £32,000-a-week (Spotrac) man will probably struggle against Traore on this sort of form.
That doesn’t help Villa fans, who saw their side put in the kind of performance which will see them embroiled in a relegation battle if they don’t improve.
Awful, our worst game ever, Taylor should never play for Villa again
— julie barlow (@jewel321) November 10, 2019
Absolutely embarrassing today. We were battered and outclassed for 90 minutes.
Taylor looked like a Sunday League player trying to defend against Traore. Fair play Wolves, you were a class above us.
We've got to improve if we're gonna stay up. UTV
— Jordan (@jordanavfc9) November 10, 2019
Neil Taylor out
— Cam 🇿🇼 (@CamUTFV) November 10, 2019
Prem: Mings, McG
Champ: Konsa, Guilb, Naka, Trez, Ghazi, Luiz
Lg1: Tagg, Taylor, Wes, Nyland
— Had enough (@RussellBeard433) November 11, 2019
If Grealish is out the team then the natural replacement surely has to be Lansbury, the midfield yesterday struggled to pick a pass & keep hold of the ball. & no more Neil Taylor please, I’d much rather Hause over that waste of space 🦁⚽️ #avfc
— B_RYE (@1_COOKIE__1) November 11, 2019
Can't tell me Kortney Hause isn't a better option than Neil Taylor at left-back #AVFC
— Chris Brady (@ChrisBrady1982) November 10, 2019
— Ross Hayward (@ross_hayward23) November 10, 2019
I don’t ever again want to see Neil Taylor in a Villa shirt, he’s a liability both in defence & going forward, get rid in Jan please 🦁⚽️ #avfc
— B_RYE (@1_COOKIE__1) November 10, 2019