Everton fans react to Ashley Williams' display in Wales defeat

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Ashley Williams' crucial error handed Ireland the victory and brought a brutal end to Wales' World Cup hopes.

Ashley Williams of Wales looks dejected during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group D  Qualifier between Wales and Republic of Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadium on October 9, 2017 in Cardiff,...

While Gareth Bale has been the hero and the talisman of Welsh football for the last few years, Ashley Williams is as much a legend in the eyes of supporters.

Therefore, the centre-back’s crucial mistake in Wales’ 1-0 home defeat to the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday, a mistake that ended Chris Coleman’s sides hopes of a first World Cup since 1958, was a truly heartbreaking moment.

Ashley Williams of Wales looks dejected during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group D  Qualifier between Wales and Republic of Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadium on October 9, 2017 in Cardiff,...

Williams gave possession away when attempting to play out from the back and, a few agonising seconds later, the ball nestled in the corner of the Wales net via a superb strike from James McClean.

Though Everton fans will tell you that such a glaring error would not have come as a surprise. Williams, one of the Premier League’s finest defenders at Swansea City and a player who cost £12 million only a year ago (Sky Sports), has declined astonishingly in the last few months.

Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United celebrates scoring his sides third goal as Ashley Williams of Everton looks dejected during the Premier League match between Manchester United and...

His performances for the Goodison Park club have become increasingly erratic – to the point where supporters are begging for Ronald Koeman to remove the veteran defender from the firing line.

And another high-profile mistake certainly does not do Williams’ reputation any good with the longevity of the 33-year-old now in serious doubt.

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