Aston Villa fans react on Twitter to Ciaran Clark's performance against Southampton

Aston Villa fans took to Twitter on Monday night to have their say on Ciaran Clark's performance in the 1-1 home draw with Southampton.

Aston Villa’s wait for a win continued on Monday night as they were forced to settle for a 1-1 home draw with Southampton.

Villa went ahead just before the half-hour when Gabby Agbonlahor took advantage of a Fraser Forster error to score the first goal against Southampton in 439 minutes of Premier League action.

Paul Lambert’s side managed to hold off the visitors’ onslaught for much of the game, and could have even sealed the results 12 minutes before the end, only for Andreas Weimann to blaze a golden opportunity over the bar following an impressive counter-attack.

They were then made to pay a few minutes later, however, when Saints right-back Nathaniel Clyne hammered in a Ryan Bertrand cross to deny the Claret and Blues a much-needed win.

It’s now eight games without a victory for Villa and, despite back-to-back draws against two of the league’s surprise packages, the 25,311 attendance – the lowest at Villa Park since December 1999 – highlighted the club’s current plight.

Nevertheless, there were a few positives to be taken from the match, particularly the performance of centre-back Ciaran Clark, who did a superb job marshalling the back-line in the absence of injured pair Ron Vlaar and Philippe Senderos.

The impact of the 25-year-old’s display alongside Jores Okore, who was making his first Villa appearance in 14 months, was not lost on manager Lambert, who singled both out for special praise at the final whistle.

“I thought the two young centre-backs were outstanding, I really did. I thought they were excellent,” he told the club’s official website.

"Jores Okore hasn't played for 14 months. And he was outstanding. Ciaran Clark took the lead and helped him. I thought Ciaran was excellent.

"We had two young guys at the heart of our defence. Ciaran has been in and out of the side but never lets you down every time he plays. Jores was outstanding.”

The subject of largely deserved criticism from Villa fans over the past 18 months, Clark went into this season with his future at the club in the balance, but now appears set to play a crucial role over the coming weeks with Vlaar, Senderos and Baker all sidelined for a few more weeks.

Supporters certainly gave credit where credit was due, with many taking to Twitter to hail the Republic of Ireland international’s impressive outing.

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