It was all going so well for new Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood.
After watching his side win against Leicester City in the FA Cup fifth round last week, the recently appointed boss looked like making it two wins from two matches when Scott Sinclair put Villa ahead against Stoke City.
Mame Biram Diouf equalised for the Potters but a point would still have been welcome, but Ron Vlaar’s poor control and frantic tackle on Victor Moses saw Stoke awarded a penalty and the Dutchman given his marching orders.
That spot-kick was converted by Moses himself, leaving Sherwood to reflect on exactly what he has inherited.
But what of Vlaar’s contribution; after all, aside from giving away a penalty and seeing red, the Villa centre-back failed to win a single ground duel or aerial battle all afternoon.
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He also won just two interceptions, making Sherwood’s decision to bench Jores Okore all the more baffling.
After the match we took to Twitter to see what Villa fans thought of Vlaar’s performance and you can read a selection of what we found below:
Ron vlaar, good work!!! Sherwood has his work cut out . 2 awful defensive lapses #avfc— Richard Griffiths (@Griffwad83) February 21, 2015
Still trying to work out what Ron Vlaar was trying to do after watching it a million times!— Jack Austin (@JackAustin94) February 22, 2015
Ron Vlaar that defending from a supposed 'leader' and 'captain' is disgusting. Hang your head in shame. Gets worse every time you see it.— Tommy Bartlett (@tom9022) February 22, 2015
That's the Ron Vlaar I remember. One good World Cup and everything thought he was a world beater. Average at best and had a mare today.— Rob (@Rob_JTE) February 21, 2015
I'm sorry but if @RonVlaar4 doesnt want to be here next season make him train with the kids— Chetan! (@Chet1_) February 21, 2015
Ron Vlaar - First touch put him into bother. The tackle was absolutely stupid. #avfc— Nick Parr (@NickParr) February 21, 2015
I have always said that Ron Vlaar is not as good as he is perceived to be. He is immobile and often clumsy in a challenge. Just one good WC.— stephen martin (@stevilla) February 21, 2015