Defeat to Millwall tonight has capped a woeful week for all those in claret and blue.
Villa looked nervy from the off but a recalled Bent put the visitors ahead in the 22nd minute with a miskick after Weimann had forced Forde to make a save.
The lead did very little to settle the Villa nerves and a corner soon saw Shittu heading on to the roof of Given’s net. The dodgy Villa defence learnt no lessons from this near miss and, five minutes later, Millwall equalised through their captain, who headed home past Given.
Villa continued to make errors that school boys would be ashamed of but went into the break at 1-1.
At the start of the second half, the home side were dominant and continued to test Villa through set pieces, with Feeney firing just wide from a corner.
The game was then brought to a halt by Millwall fans, who lobbed bottles from the stands. Even their own players’ pleading and animated hand gestures weren’t enough to stop them and five minutes were wasted.
Shittu did a much better job of marshalling his back line than Vlaar did and the game seemed set to end in a draw until Marquis nodded home a rebounded shot from Smith to put the home side 2-1 up with mere minutes of normal time left.
Villa, looking very much like a team on its knees, could do nothing in the six added minutes and left the pitch to loud booing, jeering and hand gestures that your granny wouldn’t approve of.