Aston Villa’s trip to Elland Road to face off against fellow Play-Off promotion hopefuls Leeds United is a game that will go down long in the memory of fans.
With Leeds opening the scoring in a game they did better dominate, Villa could certainly feel aggrieved given our players had stopped so the ball could be put out of play, as had some Leeds players, following the foul on Jonathan Kodjia that was bizarrely missed by the referee, but they continued and with it looking like a clear offside as well, the red mist came down.
The handbags saw Anwar El Ghazi sent off for violent conduct when replays showed there was no contact with Patrick Bamford and the game got more bizarre as their manager, Marcelo Bielsa, barked at their players to let us score – which Albert Adomah subsequently did to return a point from the game.
The handbags and sending off issue formed a key part of head coach Dean Smith’s after game interviews and he said the appeal would already be in for El Ghazi, adding to the BBC that he was fully confident it would be overturned.
“That was farcical. I don’t know what the officials have seen there, but Patrick Bamford will be a little bit ashamed of his part in it. It was never a sending off. We will appeal and I expect it will be rescinded.”