Date: 17th February 2019 at 12:09pm
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Lovre Kalinic had an afternoon to forget for Aston Villa after his side lost 2-0 to West Bromwich Albion. The Croatian shot-stopper may have felt he could have done better for Albion’s opening goal and then conceded a second before being substituted at half-time through injury – Jed Steer replace him.

Fans weren’t happy with his performance, however, and took to social media to give their thoughts on his 45-minute showing. The 28-year-old has conceded 12 goals and has kept only one clean sheet in seven Championship games for Villa since his January-move from KAA Gent.

Kalinic was signed as a result of Orjan Nyland’s fitness and poor form this season, but he’s struggled to make an impact early on. Villa’s defence remains porous and without protection and Dean Smith finds himself under immense pressure to put things right.

Villa’s defeat to West Brom left them 10th in the Championship. Smith’s men are seven points adrift of the playoffs after 33 games and have picked up just one league win in their last nine. Their hopes of finishing in the top-six are in jeopardy unless they can turn their form around.

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