The new Aston Villa goalkeeper struggled on Saturday at times.
Aston Villa fans on Twitter are criticising goalkeeper Tom Heaton.
Heaton, who impressed away at Tottenham last weekend, conceded a penalty less than a minute after kickoff at Villa Park on Saturday as Dean Smith's side lost 2-1 to Bournemouth.
It was Callum Wilson who he inexplicably felled after coming off his line, with Joshua King scoring the resulting spot-kick to send the Cherries on their way.
Given that it was Aston Villa's first home game of the Premier League season, it was a horrible way to bring top-flight back to the West Midlands.
And here's how fans reacted to that incident.
bloody awful, Heaton gives away a terrible pen in the first minute then something I don't think I've ever seen before. A player dummying the ball in his own half for an opposing player and it ends up a great goal for Harry Wilson. Good grief! #UTV #VTID #AVFC— George Templeton (@temptherat) August 17, 2019
Why was Heaton so nervous today? Such an experienced GK. #AVFC— itsfletch (@itsfletch2) August 17, 2019
What else is there to say. CATASTROPHIC mistake by Heaton.— Withe’sWhiskers (@JedinaksBeard) August 17, 2019
Easy in hindsight, but Hourihane does NOT play a dummy in his own third, and provides much better set piece delivery than what we saw.
Get one early attacking the Holte. #AVFC
Wtf was Heaton doing btw— Ace ➐ (@AVFC_444) August 17, 2019
Heaton mistake and a Douglas Luiz mistake, might get away with it in the Championship but not in the Prem— Jack (@JackAvfc__) August 17, 2019
How is Billing still on the pitch too btw. All to play for!
That was absolutely terrible from Heaton. First he hesitated then he made a terrible challenge, just abysmal. Couldn’t have had a worse start #avfc— Mark Ashmore (@mg_ashmore) August 17, 2019
Heaton at fault. Shocking start. Definitely a pen. Long way to go. #avfc— Cameron Mirza (@cmirza1) August 17, 2019
Heaton, to his credit, did pull off a number of other impressive saves, but it didn't matter. That penalty set the tone for Aston Villa's afternoon and it gave his team-mates a mountain to climb.
The 33-year-old has 98 Premier League games under his belt. He is fairly experienced at this level, which means two things: a) he really should know better and b) it was a dreadful error in judgement that probably won't happen again for a while.
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