Aston Villa were beaten 2-0 by Preston North End on Saturday afternoon.
Aston Villa’s season went from bad to worse on Saturday as they lost 2-0 to Preston – and two of their former youngsters came back to haunt them at Deepdale.
Villa travelled to Deepdale in a bid to end a run of five successive draws, and whilst they didn’t get a draw, they were on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline.
Ben Pearson’s early opener set the tone for North End, before Ashley Westwood was caught in possession by Pearson, with Jordan Hugill tapping home a second from close range.
Villa fans were furious throughout the game, and the result eventually led to manager Roberto Di Matteo losing his job after just one win in the first 11 games of the season.
Villa have spent big money on new signings since relegation, but they all struggled at Deepdale – yet two former Villa youngsters proved the club wrong for letting them go.
Playmaker Daniel Johnson and winger Callum Robinson both came up through the ranks with Villa, but were allowed to leave for Preston in cut-price deals in January 2015 and this past summer respectively.
Johnson enjoyed one of his best performances of the season as he was influential in midfield, whilst Robinson’s pace and trickery on the left hand side gave Alan Hutton no end of problems.
After the final whistle, Villa fans took to Twitter to react to their performances, with many ruing the club’s decision to let both players leave in favour of buying players who have offered very little, such as Westwood or Yacouba Sylla.
Others suggested that Johnson and Robinson were the only two players Villa fans should have cheered after a miserable performance from their current players, with supporters were left to deal with overpaid, underperforming players being overshadowed by former Villa youth team stars.
Here are some of the reactions from Villa fans on Twitter after Johnson and Robinson starred against their former club…
Remember, we let Daniel Johnson & Callum Robinson go – not good enough, we said #avfc
— mark osborne (@mark_mozza1971) October 2, 2016
To think that we moved Daniel Johnson on for a player like Yacouba Sylla. Shudder #avfc
— Darth Grumble (@DARTHGRUMBLE) October 1, 2016
— Chris AVFC Haywood (@djchris2000) October 1, 2016
#AVFC Now I get why we sold Callum Robinson and Daniel Johnson to Preston, they were clearly far too good for our squad
— villarich (@villarich1982) October 1, 2016
We let Daniel Johnson go and we play Westwood… just let that settle in #avfc
— Markie Grant (@MarkieGrant) October 1, 2016
That Robinson and Johnson look decent players oops #avfc
— Peter Dignan (@peterdiggy) October 1, 2016
— Chris Warren (@Fenrison) October 1, 2016
Villa players are met with “you’re not fit to wear the shirt.” Robinson & Johnson get rapturous applause from the Villa faithful. #AVFC
— Scott (@DJ_Jammo) October 1, 2016
What did you think of Johnson and Robinson’s displays against Aston Villa?