Stan Collymore has suggested that Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood made a selection error against Queens Park Rangers last night.
Villa drew 3-3 with QPR in what was a pulsating encounter, but Collymore feels the result may have been different if Sherwood hadn't taken a gamble.
The Villa boss decided to start Kieran Richardson in his first-team, despite the defender only recently returning to fitness, and the risk backfired.
Richardson struggled to deal with QPR winger Matty Phillips' threat all night, with the rapid wideman claiming a goal and two assists, and Collymore says that Sherwood should have gone with a different option.
If Richardson isn’t fit he shouldn’t have played. Phillips was only QPR threat against Villa’s worst player!— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) April 7, 2015
It could be a costly mistake for Villa, as they really needed to take three points against QPR to move away from trouble.
Although they will be grateful that Christian Benteke's late equaliser helped them avoid defeat, a victory was the target before the match and the result will be tinged with disappointment today.
Villa are currently just three points above the drop-zone, having played a game more than most the teams around them, and Sherwood can ill-afford to make any more mistakes if he is to keep the Claret and Blues in the Premier League.