Aston Villa midfielder Conor Hourihane was one of several players who were heavily criticised after yesterday’s stalemate.
Reading held Aston Villa to a 0-0 draw and Hourihane was among those blamed for a lack of creativity.
The Republic of Ireland international played in central midfield and has provided a handful of assists this season.
But he was unable to inspire the Villans to victory yesterday as a combination of missed chances and good defending kept Aston Villa at bay.
There were positives for Aston Villa, who looked much better in defence with Tyrone Mings at centre-half.
But top scorer Tammy Abraham was not quite at his best and the midfielders – bar John McGinn – failed to live up to expectations.
Aston Villa would have expected to beat struggling Reading, especially as they are aiming for a late play-off push.
But the goalless draw leaves the West Midlands outfit four points shy of the play-off zone with 16 games remaining this season.
Hourihane is often seen as the scapegoat for Aston Villa fans and he has attracted plenty of criticism in his time.
Below are some responses from Aston Villa fans discussing Hourihane’s performance.
Back in North Wales from Reading. So disappointed. Taylor, Anwar, Adomah, Whelan & Hutton awful. Hurrihane pedestrian. Only McGinn – as ever – Tammy, Elphick & Mings, who looked brilliant, deserve any credit. Kalinic was excellent, two great saves. Another 2 points lost. #AVFC
— Kevin Hughes (@kevinhughes348) February 2, 2019
Poor performances yet again all over the park from Villa. Hourihane, El Ghazi, Adomah were particularly poor – passengers lacking the energy and drive. McGinn legless at the end too as he’s the only one working. Hard to watch this at the moment – #AVFC
— David Lewis (@ditlewis) February 2, 2019
Our midfield is so poor. Hourihane and Whelan very poor today. Both wingers not at it today created nothing #avfc
— Karam Sohal (@Kaveman009) February 2, 2019
Drop hourihane next game #AVFC
— Jack Castleton (@jackscastleton2) February 2, 2019
— ETMM05 (@etmm05) February 2, 2019
Imagine my shock hearing Hourihane and Adomah were underperforming ? #AVFC
— Jamie F'N Hand (@JamieHand101) February 2, 2019
Another poor performance against Reading . Really should be beating teams like this ,familiar rant this season . El Ghazi & Hourihane are going backwards and the rest are simply not Gelling . Another opportunity to make ground on those above us lost .At least a clean sheet ???♂️
— Gio (@giopanelli) February 3, 2019
El ghazi loan should have been cancelled and replaced with a different winger. Also don’t understand how people stick up for hourihane he’s been awful. #avfc
— Robert Gibbons (@robgibb01) February 2, 2019