With a number of positives for Aston Villa to take following the 3-2 victory over Wigan Athletic at the weekend at Villa Park, it’s also fair to say there were a number of concerns.
Sadly, the usually reliable Australian beard Mile Jedinak was one man who didn’t really impress as he took his place in the backline as a replacement for Tommy Elphick who appears to be unable to do right for wrong following his move to B6.
Clearly, the determining factor in the eyes of fans for 34-year-old Jedinak was that backpass that led to Nick Powell levelling matters up for a period in the first 45 minutes. Jed Steer received a similar pass in pre-season and got absolutely hammered on social media, but Orjan Nyland escaped the vitriol as all eyes turned to our Australian.
First goal could of happened even if Jedinak was playing in midfield. He under hit the pass back. But why are we playing out from the back anyway #avfc
— Luke Marshall (@marshallavfc) August 11, 2018
Mile jedinak is useless as CB #avfc
— Matthew Sabin (@MattBrumSabin9) August 11, 2018
Jedinak had one of the worst performances I’ve ever seen anyone have in a villa shirt. Absolutely shocking. #avfc
— Aston Villa Daily (@AVFC_Daily) August 11, 2018
Things I've learnt today jedinak is a terrible terrible centre half&mcginn is indeed super!great 3 points we really dug in when needed!#avfc
— david greenfield (@daveavfcg) August 11, 2018
Without doubt Ellphick would do a great job!! He stood in for JT in two games and was a perfect partner with James Chester. Come on Brucie, do the obvious!!
— Ted Ellis (@elis_ted) August 12, 2018
We really do love playing people out of position, especially in the heart of defence, Jedinak channeling his inner Micah Richards #avfc
— Jack Millman (@LordMillman) August 11, 2018
I really am torn when it comes to Bruce. I want to think positively but then he puts Jedinak as a CB pic.twitter.com/9xuP9KWAF7
— Dave (@avfc010) August 11, 2018
I prefer to think of it as an uncharacteristic performance from the Beard, as that for me was his standout error in the game, and otherwise whilst he was nowhere near being our best player, I didn’t think he was that bad and I think plenty underestimate the buzz and confidence Wigan have, so it was never going to be an easy game, but we undoubtedly deserved to win given what we created.
We just didn’t take those chances for the most part and Wigan were more clinical with the little they had.