Stan Collymore has defended Aston Villa’s Glenn Whelan after he missed a last-minute penalty in the draw against Preston North End on Tuesday night.
Steve Bruce’s side drew 3-3 at home in the Championship in a game that included six goals, a red card to James Chester, plus a cabbage thrown at the Villa manager from a fan.
Whelan spurned his opportunity from the spot in stoppage time to earn three league points for his side and the result leaves the pressure firmly on Bruce.
It was a surprise to most to see Whelan step up for the penalty, considering he is a defensive midfielder that has scored just once since the beginning of last season.
The 34-year-old saw his effort saved down at the bottom right corner, but Collymore has got behind him on social media despite his miss.
Collymore hailed the Irishman on Twitter for his “bottle” in injury time and called out some of the club’s stars for ignoring the opportunity.
Villans, keep the faith. Something has to give, whether positive results or positive change, because owners won’t take much more.
And fair play to Whelan tonight. Had the bottle to take a pen ahead of players who are getting top billing every week and not delivering.#UTV
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) October 2, 2018
Villa did have the likes of Jack Grealish, Yannick Bolasie and John McGinn on the pitch when the penalty miss took place.
Under-fire manager Bruce will now need to prepare his team for a trip to Millwall at the weekend, which really seems like a must-win fixture as the team will be frustrated with their 12th-placed position in the league table.