Aston Villa's winless woes of 2017 endured with yet another Championship defeat - the latest arriving in the form of a 3-1 loss to Barnsley.
The defeat leaves Villa in 16th position in the Championship standings, with just eight league victories all season. Indeed, despite being seven points clear of the relegation zone, the disillusionment, disappointment and despair demonstrated by the body language of Villa's Jack Grealish was evident to see.
In a so far fragmented campaign for Grealish, permeated by two separate suspensions, his 24 Championship appearances have seen just three goals and five assists provided by the man considered to be one of Villa's standout talents.
Further, the optics from last night's disheartening result against a side potentially far inferior regarding status, finance and presumptive talents, saw Grealish cut a forlorn figure - with his evening's contribution seeing a premature end following the 21-year-old's withdrawal for substitute Leandro Bacuna on 76 minutes.
In the aftermath of Villa's sixth defeat of an eight game winless run, manager Steve Bruce, as reported by the Guardian, suggested that he was not concerned about being dragged into a relegation battle, commenting, “I don’t fear that [relegation battle] but you can’t dismiss it.”
Villa face an tough upcoming fixture, as the midlanders travel to table-toppers Newcastle United for their latest attempt to secure a first three points of 2017.