Aston Villa’s play-off ambitions are hanging by a thread following last night’s 1-0 defeat to Brentford at Griffin Park.
Neal Maupay struck in the last minute to hand boss Dean Smith defeat on his first return to his former club.
It was another disappointing night for the Villans who are now three games without a victory.
With a squad boasting some serious talent, it will be desperately disconcerting if Smith doesn’t lead his boyhood team into the play-offs.
Villa were outplayed by Thomas Frank’s outfit, who bounced back following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest.
There wasn’t much positivity for Villa fans to take from the game.
Tyrone Mings, on loan from Bournemouth, came in for some praise following another sound showing from the 25-year-old.
The central defender has looked the part since checking-in from the Cherries on transfer deadline day, and tweeted after the game:
Not good enough tonight 😤 A chance to put it right on Saturday which we must take. Thank you for all your support 👏🏽 pic.twitter.com/sTVO7hha8U
— Tyrone Mings (@OfficialTM_3) February 14, 2019
Mings is likely to leave Eddie Howe’s men at the end of the current campaign and already it would appear that Villa fans would welcome his permanent arrival.
The supporters were quick to thank Mings for his solid showing, despite it looking apparent that some of his team-mates let him down.
TBR Football rounded-up the best tweets regarding the performance of Tyrone Mings.
Unlucky you was brilliant again
— Brandon (@CalOHxre) February 14, 2019
You were great again, shouldn’t be you apologising.
— Harry (@HarryJAVFC) February 14, 2019
You were one of the exceptions tonight. A real bright light in the heart of our defense. Thank you for your passion. Please keep it up and try to rub some of it off on the rest of the team. #avfc
— Sean (@Gallie75) February 14, 2019
If only we had a team full of your passion and drive thank you for giving your all for the club 👍
— Sam Brogan (@SamBrogan3) February 14, 2019
Brilliant again Tyrone well played just a pity your team mates aint up to your standard
— davidsmith (@DavidsmithMrbre) February 14, 2019
Thought you were class. Midfield was the issue. UTV
— hello dave (@jamiebtunes) February 14, 2019
Not good enough all season,no better under smith than bruce. You done well in both games. Championship again next season.
— pmason74 (@mrpamason) February 14, 2019
Best player last night Tyrone, immense!
— Tim Pateman (@TimPateman) February 14, 2019
Well played Tyrone keep up the passion utv
— Lewis Ward (@LewisWa83861903) February 14, 2019
Unfortunately any hope of promotion has gone. Teams above dropped points. We again failed to take advantage. #Vtid
— Andygal (@Andygal13) February 14, 2019
Good individual performance.
— Sherlock H (@MatelotSherlock) February 14, 2019
You was MOTM for villa keep up the solid performances
— Paul Bowden (@paulbowden92) February 14, 2019