Aston Villa legend Ian Taylor has given his verdict on the claret and blue side’s dismal Premier League defeat on Monday night.
Villa headed to Leicester City hoping to get their relegation battle back on track but instead they were put to the sword in a 4-0 defeat, with Harvey Barnes and Jamie Vardy both scoring braces.
Dean Smith’s charges may well have fancied their chances beforehand, given Leicester had not won in the league since 22 January, and Vardy had not scored in nearly 11 hours.
However, things took a turn for the worse before the break when Pepe Reina effectively gifted Barnes a goal with his baffling charge towards the Leicester man 25 yards out, which resulted in the keeper being rounded and the ball fired home from the edge of the box.
Vardy then scored a penalty in the 63rd minute, not long after coming on, before getting on the scoresheet again in the 79th minute with a neat finish at the near post, and Barnes made it four after meeting Marc Albrighton’s cross.
Taylor’s verdict on Twitter was short but ominous:
I have no words……
— Ian Taylor (@IanTaylor7) March 10, 2020
Some Villa fans also had their say in response to the claret and blue legend’s message:
I dont understand it how when Dean was manager at Brentford they played with a style and system which he has never replicated here
— Steve (@VillanK7R) March 10, 2020
SMITH OUT. Theres 2
— The Stands Of Villa Park (@TheStandsOfVP) March 10, 2020
I do #smithout
— Andy ? (@avfc555) March 10, 2020
Want nothing more than Smith to be successful but clearly something ain’t working and it’s hard to be faithful when nothing is changing.
— Joshh (@BsportJoshh) March 10, 2020
Where’s the effort & desire?
Deserve to go down because they don’t want it enough
— Gaz Williams (@Gazvilla) March 10, 2020
We’ve had enough now. Same rubbish and same excuses after
— Danny Taylor (@villandan) March 10, 2020
The only saving grace for Villa is that the three teams above them in the table are just two points ahead, while 15th-placed Brighton are a further two points in front, so the battle is far from over.