Aston Villa fans react to Tommy Elphick's performance against Wednesday

Aston Villa's Tommy Elphick receives treatment after sustaining a injury following a collision with Sheffield Wednesday's Steven Fletcher

Aston Villa lost 1-0 at the weekend but their new defender shone.

Aston Villa's Tommy Elphick with a head injury

Aston Villa did not get off to the best start in their bid to earn promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Roberto Di Matteo’s side are among the favourites to succeed in the Championship this season but it was Sheffield Wednesday that ran out 1-0 winners on Sunday, courtesy of a late goal from Fernando Forestieri.

Sheffield Wednesday's Fernando Forestieri in action with Aston Villa's Tommy Elphick

Villa looked good for at least a point and did not play badly, but this is a division where anyone can beat anyone else and Di Matteo is all too aware of the challenges ahead.

The Villans had some new signings on show, including striker Ross McCormack and defender Tommy Elphick, and the latter was particularly impressive throughout the encounter.

Aston Villa's Tommy Elphick receives treatment after sustaining a injury following a collision with Sheffield Wednesday's Steven Fletcher

Signed from Bournemouth earlier this summer, Elphick looked exactly the kind of defender Villa will need if they want to make their stay in the second tier as short as possible.

After the match we took to Twitter to see what Villa fans thought of Elphick’s performance and you can read a selection of what we found below:

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