Aston Villa fans react to Tom Heaton's 'abysmal' error

Goalkeeper Thomas Heaton looks on during an England training session at St. George's Park on March 19, 2019 in Burton-upon-Trent, England.

The new Aston Villa goalkeeper struggled on Saturday at times.

Goalkeeper Tom Heaton of Aston Villa during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 10, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

Aston Villa fans on Twitter are criticising goalkeeper Tom Heaton.

The former Burnley man joined Villa in an £8 million deal earlier this month [The Daily Mail], but his second Premier League outing for his new club wasn't as successful as his first.

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.

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.

 

Tom Heaton of Aston Villa in action during a training session at the Aston Villa Bodymoor Heath training ground on August 08, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for ASTON VILLA team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch