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Game #5495

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Attendance: 36,786

Drew

Championship

5th (-)

Leeds United

Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

Elland Road

Dirty Leeds cheat their way to a draw to end Villa's ten game winning run.

Leeds United

1-1

Aston Villa

Assist(s) | None

KEY MAN

Dirty Leeds never change, 28 April 2019

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MATCH TIMELINE

๐Ÿ•’ | HT Leeds United 0-0 Aston Villa
๐Ÿ” | 69โ€™ Sub off, Andrรฉ Green, Sub on, Albert Adomah
๐Ÿฅ… | 72โ€™ Goal, 0-1, (Leeds United), Mateusz Klich. A typical dirty tackle from Leeds leaves Jonathan Kodjia injured, there follows an equally typical cynical piece of play. With Villa having stopped playing due to the injury to Kodja, Leedsโ€™ Roberts feigns to put the ball out of play as protocol dictates but releases Klich to score unopposed with all expecting the ball to, as Roberts had insinuated with his initial action, be put out of play.
๐Ÿ’ฅ | 73โ€™ Play stops as the referee loses control and fails to disallow the goal or pull back play
๐Ÿ’ฅ | 73โ€™ Jonathan Kodija is forced to leave the pitch due to his injury
๐ŸŸจ | 75โ€™ Booking, Conor Hourihane for protesting the failure of the officials and behaviour of Leeds
๐ŸŸฅ | 75โ€™ Sending off, Anwar El Ghazi for violent conduct. Patrick Bamford would later be banned for this latest piece of play-acting.
โšฝ | 77โ€™ Goal, 1-1, Albert Adomah. Villa score following John Terry and Dean Smith insisting, with much resistance, that Marcelo Bielsa allows a walk in goal. Leeds' Pontus Jansson still attempts to prevent the goal persistently fouling Albert Adomah as he bears down on goal.
๐Ÿ’ฅ | 77' Villa forced are to play with nine men following El Ghaziโ€™s mistaken sending off and Kodjiaโ€™s injury
๐Ÿ” | 79โ€™ Sub off, Jonathan Kodija, Sub on, Mile Jedinak
๐ŸŸจ | 80โ€™ Booking, John McGinn for a bad foul
๐Ÿ” | 90โ€™+1 Sub off, Jack Grealish, Sub on, Glenn Whelan
๐Ÿ•’ | FT Leeds United 1-1 Aston Villa

ON THIS DAY

Villa couldnโ€™t manage 11 League wins in a row to match the 11 consecutive games in all competitions they had won in the 1913-14 season. Villa had also won 11 consecutive games in all competition in the interim regional league of 1945-46 however the 10 league wins in a row stands as a record in Villaโ€™s 139 year history to date.

Aston Villa

European Cup / Champions League: ๐Ÿ†
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1995-96

Leeds United

European Cup / Champions League: โŒ
League Champions: ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†
FA Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
League Cup Winners: ๐Ÿ†
Last Trophy: 1991โ€“92

FIXTURE HISTORY

Previous 5 vs. Leeds: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฅ

FIXTURE DETAILS

Seasons | 2018-19 |
Matchday | #48 |
League Game | #45 |
Manager Game | #34 |
Sunday, 28 April 2019

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager: Dean Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | West Bromwich, 2018-2021
Referee: Stuart Attwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Nuneaton, 2007-
Kick off: 12.00pm
HT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 0-0
FT Score: ๐ŸŸจ 1-1
FT Result: ๐ŸŸจ Drew
Last 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸจ

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Stuart Attwell | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Nuneaton, 2007- ๐Ÿ†˜
Previous 5: ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ ๐ŸŸฉ
Last Match: ๐ŸŸฉ 30 Oct 12, Villa 3-2 Swindon (a)
Cards: ๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ
Assistants: Simon Long, Tim Wood

CARDS

Villa

๐ŸŸฅ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

Leeds United

๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ ๐ŸŸจ

TEAM NEWS

Axel Tuanzebe, Conor Hourihane and Andrรฉ Green return.

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age: | 26.08 |
Oldest Player: RB Ahmed Elmohamady | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ | 31.65 |
Youngest Player: W Andrรฉ Green | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 20.77 |

MANAGER

MANAGER

Dean Smith | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Marcelo Bielsa | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท |

Aston Villa

GK Jed Steer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
LB Neil Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ |
CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Axel Tuanzebe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Conor Hourihane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
W Anwar El Ghazi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ๐ŸŸฅ |
W Andrรฉ Green | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CF Jonathan Kodija | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | ๐Ÿ” |

Leeds United

GK Kiko Casilla | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ |
CB Liam Cooper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ |
CB Pontus Jansson | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | Thug |
RB Luke Ayling | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
RB Stuart Dallas | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | ๐Ÿ” |
M Adam Forshaw | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Pablo Hernรกndez | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | ๐ŸŸจ |
M Kalvin Phillips | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Mateusz Klich | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | โšฝ | ๐ŸŸจ | Cheat |
W Jack Harrison | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐Ÿ” |
CF Patrick Bamford | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ๐ŸŸจ | Cheat |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” W Albert Adomah | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | for W Andrรฉ Green | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 69โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Mile Jedinak | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | for CF Jonathan Kodija | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | 79โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” M Glenn Whelan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | for M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 90โ€™+1 |

SUBSTITUTES

๐Ÿ” | F Tyler Roberts | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Cheat | for W Jack Harrison | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | 46โ€™ |
๐Ÿ” | RB Gaetano Beradi | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ | for RB Stuart Dallas | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | 46โ€™ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Matija ล arkiฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ช |
RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ |
M Henri Lansbury | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Birkir Bjarnason | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Bailey Peacock-Farrell | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง |
M Jamie Shackleton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
M Mateusz Bogusz | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ |
W Jack Clarke | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
W Izzy Brown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ27.13m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 7/11
Homegrown: 2/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ8.82m
Team Cost: ยฃ35.95m
Squad Cost: ยฃ44.86m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 9/18
Homegrown: 3/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Jed Steer | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.49m |
GK Matija ล arkiฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ช | Youth |

RB Alan Hutton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ4.05m |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ | ยฃ0.99m |
LB Neil Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Exchange |

CB Tyrone Mings | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loan |
CB Axel Tuanzebe | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loan |

M Mile Jedinak | ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ | ยฃ4.14m |
M Conor Hourihane | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ3.15m |
M Henri Lansbury | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ3.06m |
M John McGinn | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ2.79m |
M Birkir Bjarnason | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ | ยฃ1.80m |
M Glenn Whelan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ1.53m |
M Jack Grealish | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

W Anwar El Ghazi | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ8.10m |
W Albert Adomah | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ | ยฃ3.15m |
W Andrรฉ Green | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |

CF Jonathan Kodjia | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฎ | ยฃ11.61m |

SQUAD STATS

1st XI Cost: ยฃ19.57m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 7/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: ยฃ2.66m
Team Cost: ยฃ22.23m
Squad Cost: ยฃ22.31m
Home Nation ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง : 12/18
Homegrown: 3/18

MATCHDAY SQUAD

GK Bailey Peacock-Farrell | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | Free |
GK Kiko Casilla | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | Free |

RB Stuart Dallas | ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง | ยฃ1.71m |
RB Luke Ayling | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.78m |
RB Gaetano Beradi | ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ | ยฃ0.08m |

CB Pontus Jansson | ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช | ยฃ3.43m |
CB Liam Cooper | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | ยฃ0.64m |

M Adam Forshaw | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ4.37m |
M Mateusz Bogusz | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ0.08m |
M Jamie Shackleton | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
M Pablo Hernรกndez | ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ | Free |

M Mateusz Klich | ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ | ยฃ1.53m |
M Kalvin Phillips | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
W Jack Clarke | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Youth |
W Jack Harrison | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loan |
W Izzy Brown | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Loan |

CF Patrick Bamford | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | ยฃ7.11m |
F Tyler Roberts | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | ยฃ2.57m |

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 5 |
GK ร˜rjan Nyland | ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด |
GK Lovre Kaliniฤ‡ | ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท |
CB James Chester | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ |
CF Tammy Abraham | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |
CB Kortney Hause | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ |

Out on Loan | 13 |
M Gary Gardner | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Small Heath
RB Mitch Clark | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ท๓ ฌ๓ ณ๓ ฟ | Port Vale
M Aaron Tshibola | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Kilmarnock
RB Ritchie De Laet | ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช | Melbourne
CF Ross McCormack | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ | Motherwell
F Rushian Hepburn-Murphy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Cambridge
F Callum Oโ€™Hare | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Carlisle
W Corey Blackett-Taylor | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Walsall
RB James Bree | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Ipswich
M Jake Doyle-Hayes | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Cambridge
F Scott Hogan | ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช | Sheffield United
F Harry McKirdy | ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ | Newport
RB Frรฉdรฉric Guilbert | ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท | Caen

UNAVAILABLE

Not Recorded

Player Abbreviations:

GK : Goalkeeper

LB, RB, FB : Left Back, Right Back, Full Back

CB, D : Centre Back, Defender

M, W : Midfielder. Winger

F, CF : Forward, Centre Forward

๐ŸŸข : Debut ๐Ÿ”ด : Final Game

Symbols:

โšฝ | Goal
๐Ÿ”ฅ | Assist
๐Ÿ” | Substitution

๐ŸŸจ | Booking

๐ŸŸฅ | Sending off

๐Ÿ†˜ | Poor refereeing performance

DEBUT APPEARANCES

FINAL APPEARANCES

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 31%
Possession A | 69%
Shots F | 13
Shots A | 27
Shots on Target F | 4
Shots on Target A | 5
Corners F | 3
Corners A | 7
Fouls F | 8
Fouls A | 14

TABLE

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PROGRAMME

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MATCHDAY QUOTES

*Villa boss Dean Smith*

โ€œI think common sense and sportsmanship prevailed in the end.

โ€œKlich apologised to me coming off the pitch; he said things like that should not happen. Weโ€™ll be appealing Anwarโ€™s red card. Iโ€™ll be amazed if heโ€™s suspended for the play-offs because thereโ€™s nothing to it, he doesnโ€™t touch him.

โ€œI suggested [to Bielsa to allow his side to equalise]. I thought that would be the right thing to do and he agreed. But Iโ€™m not sure all his players did.

โ€œI can understand their frustration but full respect to Marcelo for that because it was the right decision.โ€

โ€œMy players were angry at the time but at the end they were all shaking hands with everyone because sportsmanship prevailed.

โ€œIt was one moment in a highly competitive industry.โ€

*The Guardian*
Sunday, 28 April 2019

*Leeds let Aston Villa equalise and hand promotion to Sheffield United*

A spirit of fair play ultimately, and perhaps a little begrudgingly, trumped a ruthless win-at-all-costs mentality but, for several insane second-half minutes, anarchy prevailed in West Yorkshire.

As Leeds Unitedโ€™s Mateusz Klich curled a highly opportunistic 72nd-minute goal beyond Jed Steer all hell broke loose. At the time Aston Villaโ€™s Jonathan Kodjia was down injured after being fouled and his teammates had asked for the ball to be put out of play.

When Tyler Roberts passed up the chance to do so and, instead, put Klich through it provoked a mass, ugly, on-pitch melee.

Playing on and scoring was unsporting and perhaps reflected the frustration of Marcelo Bielsaโ€™s players who knew before kick-off that automatic promotion had all but slipped from their grasp. The sight of Klich racing down the left as Villa players stood motionless certainly incensed a visiting side who could yet be reunited with Leeds in the play-off final at Wembley.

As Dean Smith, the visiting manager, and his assistant, John Terry, went berserk in the technical area โ€“ with Terry pointing fingers in Bielsaโ€™s face โ€“ pandemonium and acrimony unfolded on the pitch.

Almost every player became embroiled in a bout of push and shove which ended with Villaโ€™s Anwar Ghazi being shown a red card after clashing, with Patrick Bamford and Conor Hourihane โ€“ who at one point grabbed Klich by the throat โ€“ and Bamford both being booked.

Stuart Attwell, the referee, had an unenviable job but replays suggested the sending off was incorrect as Ghaziโ€™s elbow made no contact with the Leeds striker. Indeed Bamford appeared to have indulged in some amateur dramatics.

When things finally began settling down there were big touchline deliberations between the benches before Bielsa instructed his players to allow Villa to score straight from the restart. Pontus Jansson, Leedsโ€™ Sweden centre-half, did not appear to appreciate the message and seethed with fury. Briefly threatening to take matters into his own hands, Jansson attempted to tackle Albert Adomah but, mercifully, failed.

After that Attwell was probably counting the minutes until he could blow the final whistle on a draw which ended Villaโ€™s run of 10 wins and rubber-stamped Sheffield Unitedโ€™s promotion to the Premier League behind Norwich.

โ€œI think common sense and sportsmanship prevailed in the end,โ€ said Smith. โ€œKlich apologised to me coming off the pitch; he said things like that should not happen. Weโ€™ll be appealing Anwarโ€™s red card. Iโ€™ll be amazed if heโ€™s suspended for the play-offs because thereโ€™s nothing to it, he doesnโ€™t touch him.โ€

Villaโ€™s manager also revealed that he advised Bielsa to allow his side to equalise. โ€œI suggested I thought that would be the right thing to do and he agreed. But Iโ€™m not sure all his players did,โ€ said Smith. โ€œI can understand their frustration but full respect to Marcelo for that because it was the right decision.โ€

He played down suggestions of resentments resurfacing in a possible Wembley final.

โ€œMy players were angry at the time but at the end they were all shaking hands with everyone because sportsmanship prevailed,โ€ Smith added. โ€œIt was one moment in a highly competitive industry.โ€ An FA inquiry could take a less sanguine view.

Bielsa is rarely circumspect but, for once, the Argentinian preferred to keep his own counsel. โ€œWhat happened, happened,โ€ he said.

โ€œEnglish football is known around the world for its noble features. Iโ€™ve said all I want to say.โ€

And to think that, until the 72nd minute, things had been deceptively dull. Probably the most dramatic first-half moment came when Bielsa was booked for taking umbrage at the lack of a free-kick in the wake of Bamford being blatantly tugged back by Axel Tuanzebe and placed an admonitory hand on Darren England, the fourth official.

At that stage the game itself was much more tentative. Although Bielsaโ€™s side dominated an afternoon of few chances they played as if with the handbrake on, and seemed to have run out of both ideas and incision.

After watching their team spend most of the season in the top two Leeds fans must now feel like a planeload of tourists heading towards a hot, exotic, luxurious destination only to be forced to land somewhere coldly inhospitable.

The play-offs can be a cruel, forbidding, place for teams like Bielsaโ€™s who are suffering from mental and physical fatigue at precisely the wrong moment

By way of exacerbating Elland Road angst, the semi-final is likely to be against Derby. Considering it is only four months ago since their manager, Frank Lampard, accused Leeds of spying on his training sessions, further creative tension may beckon.