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.
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.
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…
Said it before and will say it again, Jedinak just doesn’t work in this kind of game…useless at home unless it’s in a derby where you have to be gritty…should have made a couple of changes from Saturday #avfc
— Richard Franks (@richardpfranks) March 13, 2018
Bjarnason over Jedinak on Saturday thank youuuuu
— Jake (@NooneAVFC) March 13, 2018
He should have made changes. Jedinak and Hourihane looked knackered. #AVFC
— Steve (@steve81_steve) March 13, 2018
BB over Jedinak but I don’t rate Lansbury at all
— James Lloyd (@LloydyAVFC) March 13, 2018
Only reason Bruce had stuck with Jedinak was because he could win the long balls which he hardly did.
Should had gone with Bjarnasson or even Lansbury. Villa just never turned up what so ever! #AVFC
— Brad Worledge (@bradworledge_) March 13, 2018
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but yeah, we should have made changes. Jedinak in particular was a weird one. For automatic now we have to win every game. Nothing else will be enough. Feel so beaten tonight, it’s the hope that kills you – but this team could do it still. #avfc
— Alex Berwick (@Alex_Berwick) March 13, 2018
Think it’s telling that after Saturday’s draining encounter, Wolves made four changes tonight. Bruce couldn’t expect a performance from the same 11 and should have made changes. At the very least, Birkir should have been in for Jedinak. #AVFC
— Jupiter Janus (@BraddersOak) March 13, 2018
A massive problem we had tonight was Jedinak was so concerned with Smith in the air he left massive space in the midfield. #avfc
— Adam Bevan (@Adam_Bevan_Avfc) March 13, 2018
Yeah the Taylor one was forced tbf but still bizarre what happened! Will be same excuse if we lose after this fucking pointless international break too! Not sure how jedinak played 90mins i love the bloke but his role is irrelevant once we go 1 goal down never mind 2
— Jordan Spencer (@JordAvfc) March 13, 2018
Bruce got that completely wrong tonight. We could all see that he should’ve changed it up tonight, Jedinak was knackered on Saturday so don’t know why he started. Changes should have been made after half an hour, not waiting until the bloody 80th minute to bring Bjarnason on.
— Aston Villa Daily (@AVFC_Daily) March 13, 2018
One of those nights unfortunately. Just didn’t click in the final third and got caught out twice on the counter. Think we needed a bit of rotation, the likes of Jedinak looked very leggy after 15 minutes. Bruce admitted he was wrong to keep the same team and I have to agree. ??
— G_AVFC (@AVFC_G) March 14, 2018
I wouldn’t of played jedinak night, for all the slack o gave him for starting Saturday he done a job then, but asking an 89 year old to play CDM twice in 72 hours is madness #avfc
— Matthew Sabin (@MattBrumSabin9) March 14, 2018