Aston Villa lost their final pre-season friendly of the summer.
Aston Villa lost their final pre-season friendly of the summer on Saturday by losing 3-1 at home to Premier League side Middlesbrough.
Roberto Di Matteo's side actually went ahead on 15 minutes through defender Nathan Baker, but a capitulation in the final half-an-hour saw Aston Villa lose out.
First, Alvaro Negredo levelled up on the hour mark, before two goals in the final 15 minutes from another new boy Viktor Fischer and Jordan Rhodes sealed the come-from-behind victory for Boro boss Aitor Karanka.
It was Aston Villa's first defeat in what had been a decent pre season thus far, but by losing to the Premier League new boys it perhaps shows that the Villans are indeed a Championship team - officially and in terms of quality.
Aston Villa fans seemed particularly unhappy with the performance of right-back Alan Hutton, who did not seem to cover himself in much glory at Villa Park yesterday.
@AVFCOfficial When are we going to move on from Alan Hutton?! Seriously need to get rid of want to stand a chance in championship— Helena Geary (@helena_geary) July 30, 2016
@ajstone24 a striker who scores and a RB who isn't Alan Hutton will be perfect— Maradona_AVFC10 (@Maradona_AVFC10) July 30, 2016
Not sure I can face another season of watching Alan Hutton impersonating a footballer #avfc— Chris (@DagAVFC333) July 30, 2016
Our owner has the funds to make people literally disappear from existence and Alan Hutton is still on our books— Andy (@Der_Wanderfalke) July 30, 2016
Alan Hutton was crap in:— Creative Midder (@Dips_avfc) July 30, 2016
He'll also be crap in 2017 too.
Anyone else see the pattern? #avfc
@otdaf ah man I can't stay mad at you Alan Hutton— Torque Penderloin (@AndrewCieslak) July 30, 2016
Aston Villa kick off their Championship season with a tricky trip to last season's playoff finalists Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday, and Villa supporters will definitely be hoping for reinforcements before then.
Aston Villa's Alan Hutton applauds the fans at the end of the match