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Aston Villa fans react to Mile Jedinak performance v QPR

The Australian struggled to cope with playing two games in quick succession.

Mathew Nash

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Aston Villa’s automatic promotion hopes took a big hit yesterday, when they found themselves picked apart by QPR at Villa Park.

The London side won 3-1, with goals from Ryan Manning, Jake Bidwell and Luke Freeman doing the damage. Aston Villa struggled throughout the game and one player who came in for a lot of the stick was midfielder Mile Jedinak.

Well, it was not so much him, but the way he was used by manager Steve Bruce. Many fans at Villa Park were surprised to see the Australian in the starting line-up. He had just played 90 minutes in the 4-1 with against Wolves and put in an excellent performance.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 29: Cheikh Ndoye of Birmingham and Mile Jedinak of Aston Villa in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Aston Villa at St Andrews (stadium) on October 29, 2017 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Aston Villa fans however felt he should have been given a subsequent rest.

At 33-years-old Jedinak’s fitness is not what it once was and Villa fans would have preferred to see Icelandic international Birkir Bjarnason line up instead.

Jedinak was clearly in the side to try and alleviate the aerial threat posed by QPR but he struggled to do so in the game. Throughout the game Jedinak lost plenty of aerial battles and his performance was not well received by Aston Villa fans.

He even slipped into the Aston Villa defence during the game, which did not see him improve his display.

Jedinak is a top player but, at 33, asking him to play twice in the space of a few days seemed to be a mistake from Bruce.

READING, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 18: Gareth McCleary of Reading is tackled by Mile Jedinak of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Aston Villa at Madejski Stadium on October 18, 2016 in Reading, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

With Cardiff and Wolves also playing and winning last night, it will hopefully not prove a costly mistake from the Aston Villa boss.

Here is what the Aston Villa fans had to think about the decision to play Jedinak…

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EFL Cup omission spells ominous signs for Aston Villa’s Henri Lansbury

The 27-year-old has not played since the last day of the 2017/18 campaign.

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Championship promotion hopefuls Aston Villa made the long trip to Yeovil Town on Tuesday evening as they kicked off their Carabao Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over their League Two opponents.

The game gave boss Steve Bruce an early chance to assess his squad and shuffle his pack somewhat, given that his charges have started the 2018/19 league season with back-to-back victories.

One man who had probably been hoping to don the claret and blue jersey and play a rare game of football was Henri Lansbury, with the former Nottingham Forest midfielder something of a peripheral figure at Villa Park these days.

It was perhaps a slight kick in the teeth for the forgotten man of Aston Villa that he wasn’t even named in Bruce’s squad, with the boss preferring first-team regular Conor Hourihane and youngster Jake Doyle-Hayes in the middle of the park.

The fact that Lansbury didn’t even make the bench against weaker opposition could be a telling sign when it comes to assessing what sort of future the 27-year-old has in the West Midlands.

Last season saw the midfield man play in just 10 Championship fixtures for the Villains and he is yet to take his bow for the first-team in the current campaign, leaving serious question marks over his future at the club.

Given his age it seems vital that Lansbury is playing football and with the loan window slamming shut for Football League clubs at the end of the month, it remains to be seen whether any potential suitors will chance their arm.

On his day the man who joined Villa from Forest for £2.7 million is a solid player at Championship level, but with the player on around £40,000 per-week, any departure could depend on just how willing his current club are to continue paying a percentage of such an excessive salary.

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After finally starting first Aston Villa game, Rushian Hepburn-Murphy must take chance

Aston Villa will hope Hepburn-Murphy can thrive at Villa Park.

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Aston Villa faced Yeovil in the League Cup this week. A solitary goal from Conor Hourihane gave the Championship side the win and advancement to the second round. It was also a game which saw Steve Bruce give a chance to several young talents.

One such player was forward Rushian Hepburn-Murphy. The 19-year-old may have made his debut under Tim Sherwood way back in 2015, but this was actually his first start for his hometown club.

Hepburn-Murphy has been in and around the first-team for some time. His goalscoring record with the development team is a testament to his talents and Aston Villa fans are backing him for success.

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He currently has a chance in the first-team and, he needs to take it now.

With Scott Hogan injured and Aston Villa not making big transfer moves so far this summer, suddenly Hepburn-Murphy has a chance to cement his place in the first-team picture.

The teenager, who has had to battle injury trouble in recent seasons, has the perfect opportunity in his hands. He worked tirelessly against Yeovil and that will put him in good stead. But a goal or two would get that monkey off his back and have Aston Villa fans calling for him to remain in Bruce’s plans.

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Aston Villa’s hopes of getting Isaac Success now look doomed

The Nigerian forward has been included in the Watford squad for the season and even featured on the opening day of the season.

Mathew Nash

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The Premier League transfer window may be closed, but teams in the Championship can still make crucial additions. Aston Villa are still playing catch-up from their early summer financial issues and, therefore, could be active in the final two weeks they have.

One player that has been linked with a move to Villa Park is Watford attacker Isaac Success. As reported by TEAMtalk, Aston Villa had made a move for the Nigerian striker. A forgotten man at Vicarage Road, he had once cost £12.5 million to bring to Hertfordshire. However, Success found little of his namesake at Vicarage Road and is now down the pecking order with the Hornets.

But it looks as though any hopes of Aston Villa signing Success are slim.

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Watford named their Premier League squad this week for the upcoming campaign. At number nine in the list, sits Success.

Watford failed in attempts to bring in another striker during the Premier League transfer window. With only Troy Deeney and Andre Gray ahead of him and Stefano Okaka and Adalberto Penaranda linked with moves abroad before the end of the month, Success is likely to stay.

Aston Villa will have to look elsewhere if they are going to find themselves a new striker for the season.

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