Tyrone Mings responded to a fan on social media who criticised the Aston Villa supporters by claiming he thought the fans were excellent despite the team’s 2-0 home defeat to rivals West Brom.

Dean Smith’s side dominated possession in the West Midlands derby but didn’t threaten the away side enough and the Baggies left Villa Park with all three points. 

Mings, on loan from Bournemouth, tweeted the following picture of himself in front of a section of passionate Villa supporters after the defeat:

A fan responded to the tweet and criticised what he described as a “toxic” atmosphere at Villa Park, as the photograph appears to portray a number of unhappy fans.

Mings, however, was quick to clear up any confusion over his original post and responded to the fan on Twitter, lauding the club’s supporters in the process.

Saturday’s defeat to West Brom means Villa are now seven points adrift of the play-offs in the Championship and have won just one of their last 10 matches in all competitions.