Aston Villa suffered a fifth-consecutive league defeat at Queens Park Rangers on Monday night, as goals from Charlie Austin either side of half-time saw the home side claim a 2-0 win.
Villa have now failed to find the back of the net in almost nine hours of football, but manager Paul Lambert was more concerned with their poor defensive performance at Loftus Road.
‘I thought the two goals we lost were shocking, especially when we were on top,’ he was quoted in the Birmingham Mail.
‘The ball has travelled 60 yards for the first goal and that shouldn’t happen. It’s a physical game and you have to stand up and try and win a game of football. I don’t think we defended well enough to win a game of football.
‘I set the team out to go and attack and try and win the game. We had a lot of the ball and looked comfortable with it – I think that’s the most possession we have had.
‘But we defended poorly for the two goals and we have to be more clinical in the last third of the pitch.’
One of the members of the defence who will have to shoulder part of the blame is captain Ron Vlaar, who was culpable for the 17th-minute opener after allowing Bobby Zamora to stand him up and cushion the ball into Austin’s path.
Vlaar also allowed the striker to get in front of him for the second on 69 minutes, with his poor showing coming a week after another questionable performance in the 3-0 defeat at Everton, which marked his return to the line-up following six weeks out with a calf strain.
It’s possible that the Dutchman is still getting back up to full fitness but, with strong rumours of a winter departure to Manchester United, fans were far from pleased with his showing at the final whistle.
Vlaar is an average player at best over hyped by the world cup— Steve Smith (@steveAVFC) October 27, 2014
Would Bite the hand of united if they offer any money for vlaar in jan— Suraj Bath (@Bath_S) October 27, 2014
Ron Vlaar's Gone back to normal, no wonder Van Gaal didn't buy him, 3 weeks in June does not a footballer make. who'd pay 20million now?— GARETH (@PICKLES_71) October 27, 2014
Vlaar atrocious, Lowton not much better. Sanchez decent until his mistake. Weimann a headless chicken. No creative whatsoever. #AVFC— Adam Clarke (@AdamClarke501) October 27, 2014
Vlaar doesn't look interested, at fault for the first goal, arguably at fault for the second for not tracking his man. Benteke not fit #avfc— Liam Connolly (@ElconBirmz) October 27, 2014
Wouldn’t give Vlaar the light of day with his current attitude. His mind is elsewhere. #avfc— Nick Parr (@NickParr) October 27, 2014
Ron Vlaar's new contract has just spontaneously combusted. #avfc— Neil Fox (@FoxyN77) October 27, 2014
Imagine if we actually got £12m for Vlaar, now that would be good business. Problem is it wouldn't be spent on a replacement. #avfc— ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ (@Benteked) October 27, 2014