Aston Villa were dumped out of the FA Cup as Swansea City ran riot at Villa Park.
Goals from Courtney Baker-Richardson, Nathan Dyer and Jay Fulton earned Swansea a 3-0 win away from home and a place in the Fourth Round of the cup.
But one player in particular stood out and would have impressed Dean Smith.
Leroy Fer dominated the game from central midfield and showed exactly what Aston Villa are lacking in the middle of the park.
With his tough-tackling, box-to-box, ball-carrying approach, the Dutchman was a handful for Aston Villa all game.
Fer has not always hit his best form at Swansea but this was him at his best, dictating play in the West Midlands.
The 29-year-old provided two assists to ensure Swansea came out on top in this contest.
And his overall contributions – both defensively and going forward – were too much for Aston Villa’s players to handle.
Smith could make an optimistic attempt to snatch the 11-cap Netherlands international from their Championship rivals.
Alongside John McGinn, Fer could give Aston Villa a midfield which would really bolster their chances of winning promotion.
But until then, Aston Villa’s midfielder needs to learn a lesson from Fer after he delivered a masterclass at Villa Park.