Date: 17th February 2019 at 1:00pm
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Conor Hourihane was heavily criticised by some supporters after Aston Villa lost at home to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday. The 28-year-old has been a regular under Dean Smith this season, but he’s struggled for consistency and was singled out by supporters on social media after his latest below-par performance.

Against Albion, Hourihane failed to register a shot on target, failed to win an aerial duel and failed to make a successful dribble. The midfielder created two chances, completed 80.7% of his 31 passes and whipped in seven crosses on the day, but he was hooked off after an hour for 17-year-old Jacob Ramsey – pretty telling move from Smith in a Midlands derby.

Hourihane has played in 32 of Villa’s 33 Championship games this season, contributing an impressive 13 goals in the process, but his place in the side might be up for grabs if he continues to underperform. The Ireland international was sarcastically cheered off the pitch by supporters against Albion – a real low for both parties.

He’ll have to wait until the Midlands outfit lock horns with Stoke City on February 23 to put things right.

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‘Awful’, ‘Shocking’ – some fans criticise Aston Villa man’s performance in WBA defeat

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