Sunday, 28 April 2019
Last 5: 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟨
Dirty Leeds cheat their way to a draw to end Villa's ten game winning run.
Assist(s) | None
Dirty Leeds never change, 28 April 2019
🕒 | HT Leeds United 0-0 Aston Villa
🔁 | 69’ Sub off, André Green, Sub on, Albert Adomah
🥅 | 72’ 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, Leeds’ 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.
💥 | 73’ Play stops as the referee loses control and fails to disallow the goal or pull back play
💥 | 73’ Jonathan Kodija is forced to leave the pitch due to his injury
🟨 | 75’ Booking, Conor Hourihane for protesting the failure of the officials and behaviour of Leeds
🟥 | 75’ Sending off, Anwar El Ghazi for violent conduct. Patrick Bamford would later be banned for this latest piece of play-acting.
⚽ | 77’ 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.
💥 | 77' Villa forced are to play with nine men following El Ghazi’s mistaken sending off and Kodjia’s injury
🔁 | 79’ Sub off, Jonathan Kodija, Sub on, Mile Jedinak
🟨 | 80’ Booking, John McGinn for a bad foul
🔁 | 90’+1 Sub off, Jack Grealish, Sub on, Glenn Whelan
🕒 | FT Leeds United 1-1 Aston Villa
ON THIS DAY
Villa couldn’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 Villa’s 139 year history to date.
European Cup / Champions League: 🏆
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 🏆🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆
Last Trophy: 1995-96
European Cup / Champions League: ❌
League Champions: 🏆🏆🏆
FA Cup Winners: 🏆
League Cup Winners: 🏆
Last Trophy: 1991–92
Previous 5 vs. Leeds: 🟥 🟨 🟨 🟩 🟥
Seasons | 2018-19 |
Matchday | #48 |
League Game | #45 |
Manager Game | #34 |
Sunday, 28 April 2019
Manager: Dean Smith | 🏴 | West Bromwich, 2018-2021
Referee: Stuart Attwell | 🏴 | Nuneaton, 2007-
Kick off: 12.00pm
HT Score: 🟨 0-0
FT Score: 🟨 1-1
FT Result: 🟨 Drew
Last 5: 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟨
Referee: Stuart Attwell | 🏴 | Nuneaton, 2007- 🆘
Previous 5: 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟩 🟩
Last Match: 🟩 30 Oct 12, Villa 3-2 Swindon (a)
Cards: 🟥 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨 🟨
Assistants: Simon Long, Tim Wood
Axel Tuanzebe, Conor Hourihane and André Green return.
Starting XI Average Age: | 26.08 |
Oldest Player: RB Ahmed Elmohamady | 🇪🇬 | 31.65 |
Youngest Player: W André Green | 🏴 | 20.77 |
Dean Smith | 🏴 |
Marcelo Bielsa | 🇦🇷 |
GK Jed Steer | 🏴 |
LB Neil Taylor | 🏴 |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady | 🇪🇬 |
CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴 |
CB Axel Tuanzebe | 🏴 |
M John McGinn | 🏴 | 🟨 |
M Conor Hourihane | 🇮🇪 | 🟨 |
M Jack Grealish | 🏴 | 🔁 |
W Anwar El Ghazi | 🇳🇱 | 🟥 |
W André Green | 🏴 |
CF Jonathan Kodija | 🇨🇮 | 🔁 |
GK Kiko Casilla | 🇪🇸 |
CB Liam Cooper | 🏴 | 🟨 |
CB Pontus Jansson | 🇸🇪 | Thug |
RB Luke Ayling | 🏴 |
RB Stuart Dallas | 🇬🇧 | 🔁 |
M Adam Forshaw | 🏴 |
M Pablo Hernández | 🇪🇸 | 🟨 |
M Kalvin Phillips | 🏴 |
M Mateusz Klich | 🇵🇱 | ⚽ | 🟨 | Cheat |
W Jack Harrison | 🏴 | 🔁 |
CF Patrick Bamford | 🏴 | 🟨 | Cheat |
🔁 W Albert Adomah | 🇬🇭 | for W André Green | 🏴 | 69’ |
🔁 M Mile Jedinak | 🇦🇺 | for CF Jonathan Kodija | 🇨🇮 | 79’ |
🔁 M Glenn Whelan | 🇮🇪 | for M Jack Grealish | 🏴 | 90’+1 |
🔁 | F Tyler Roberts | 🏴 | Cheat | for W Jack Harrison | 🏴 | 46’ |
🔁 | RB Gaetano Beradi | 🇨🇭 | for RB Stuart Dallas | 🇬🇧 | 46’ |
GK Matija Šarkić | 🇲🇪 |
RB Alan Hutton | 🏴 |
M Henri Lansbury | 🏴 |
M Birkir Bjarnason | 🇮🇸 |
GK Bailey Peacock-Farrell | 🇬🇧 |
M Jamie Shackleton | 🏴 |
M Mateusz Bogusz | 🇵🇱 |
W Jack Clarke | 🏴 |
W Izzy Brown | 🏴 |
1st XI Cost: £27.13m
Home Nation 🏴 🏴 🏴 🇬🇧 : 7/11
Subs Cost: £8.82m
Team Cost: £35.95m
Squad Cost: £44.86m
Home Nation 🏴 🏴 🏴 🇬🇧 : 9/18
GK Jed Steer | 🏴 | £0.49m |
GK Matija Šarkić | 🇲🇪 | Youth |
RB Alan Hutton | 🏴 | £4.05m |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady | 🇪🇬 | £0.99m |
LB Neil Taylor | 🏴 | Exchange |
CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴 | Loan |
CB Axel Tuanzebe | 🏴 | Loan |
M Mile Jedinak | 🇦🇺 | £4.14m |
M Conor Hourihane | 🇮🇪 | £3.15m |
M Henri Lansbury | 🏴 | £3.06m |
M John McGinn | 🏴 | £2.79m |
M Birkir Bjarnason | 🇮🇸 | £1.80m |
M Glenn Whelan | 🇮🇪 | £1.53m |
M Jack Grealish | 🏴 | Youth |
W Anwar El Ghazi | 🇳🇱 | £8.10m |
W Albert Adomah | 🇬🇭 | £3.15m |
W André Green | 🏴 | Youth |
CF Jonathan Kodjia | 🇨🇮 | £11.61m |
1st XI Cost: £19.57m
Home Nation 🏴 🏴 🏴 🇬🇧 : 7/11
Subs Cost: £2.66m
Team Cost: £22.23m
Squad Cost: £22.31m
Home Nation 🏴 🏴 🏴 🇬🇧 : 12/18
GK Bailey Peacock-Farrell | 🇬🇧 | Free |
GK Kiko Casilla | 🇪🇸 | Free |
RB Stuart Dallas | 🇬🇧 | £1.71m |
RB Luke Ayling | 🏴 | £0.78m |
RB Gaetano Beradi | 🇨🇭 | £0.08m |
CB Pontus Jansson | 🇸🇪 | £3.43m |
CB Liam Cooper | 🏴 | £0.64m |
M Adam Forshaw | 🏴 | £4.37m |
M Mateusz Bogusz | 🇵🇱 | £0.08m |
M Jamie Shackleton | 🏴 | Youth |
M Pablo Hernández | 🇪🇸 | Free |
M Mateusz Klich | 🇵🇱 | £1.53m |
M Kalvin Phillips | 🏴 | Youth |
W Jack Clarke | 🏴 | Youth |
W Jack Harrison | 🏴 | Loan |
W Izzy Brown | 🏴 | Loan |
CF Patrick Bamford | 🏴 | £7.11m |
F Tyler Roberts | 🏴 | £2.57m |
Injury | 5 |
GK Ørjan Nyland | 🇳🇴 |
GK Lovre Kalinić | 🇭🇷 |
CB James Chester | 🏴 |
CF Tammy Abraham | 🏴 |
CB Kortney Hause | 🏴 |
Out on Loan | 13 |
M Gary Gardner | 🏴 | Small Heath
RB Mitch Clark | 🏴 | Port Vale
M Aaron Tshibola | 🏴 | Kilmarnock
RB Ritchie De Laet | 🇧🇪 | Melbourne
CF Ross McCormack | 🏴 | Motherwell
F Rushian Hepburn-Murphy | 🏴 | Cambridge
F Callum O’Hare | 🏴 | Carlisle
W Corey Blackett-Taylor | 🏴 | Walsall
RB James Bree | 🏴 | Ipswich
M Jake Doyle-Hayes | 🇮🇪 | Cambridge
F Scott Hogan | 🇮🇪 | Sheffield United
F Harry McKirdy | 🏴 | Newport
RB Frédéric Guilbert | 🇫🇷 | Caen
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
🟢 : Debut 🔴 : Final Game
⚽ | Goal
🔥 | Assist
🔁 | Substitution
🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
🆘 | Poor refereeing performance
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
*Villa boss Dean Smith*
“I think common sense and sportsmanship prevailed in the end.
“Klich apologised to me coming off the pitch; he said things like that should not happen. We’ll be appealing Anwar’s red card. I’ll be amazed if he’s suspended for the play-offs because there’s nothing to it, he doesn’t touch him.
“I suggested [to Bielsa to allow his side to equalise]. I thought that would be the right thing to do and he agreed. But I’m not sure all his players did.
“I can understand their frustration but full respect to Marcelo for that because it was the right decision.”
“My players were angry at the time but at the end they were all shaking hands with everyone because sportsmanship prevailed.
“It was one moment in a highly competitive industry.”
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 United’s Mateusz Klich curled a highly opportunistic 72nd-minute goal beyond Jed Steer all hell broke loose. At the time Aston Villa’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 Bielsa’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 – with Terry pointing fingers in Bielsa’s face – pandemonium and acrimony unfolded on the pitch.
Almost every player became embroiled in a bout of push and shove which ended with Villa’s Anwar Ghazi being shown a red card after clashing, with Patrick Bamford and Conor Hourihane – who at one point grabbed Klich by the throat – and Bamford both being booked.
Stuart Attwell, the referee, had an unenviable job but replays suggested the sending off was incorrect as Ghazi’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, Leeds’ 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 Villa’s run of 10 wins and rubber-stamped Sheffield United’s promotion to the Premier League behind Norwich.
“I think common sense and sportsmanship prevailed in the end,” said Smith. “Klich apologised to me coming off the pitch; he said things like that should not happen. We’ll be appealing Anwar’s red card. I’ll be amazed if he’s suspended for the play-offs because there’s nothing to it, he doesn’t touch him.”
Villa’s manager also revealed that he advised Bielsa to allow his side to equalise. “I suggested I thought that would be the right thing to do and he agreed. But I’m not sure all his players did,” said Smith. “I can understand their frustration but full respect to Marcelo for that because it was the right decision.”
He played down suggestions of resentments resurfacing in a possible Wembley final.
“My players were angry at the time but at the end they were all shaking hands with everyone because sportsmanship prevailed,” Smith added. “It was one moment in a highly competitive industry.” An FA inquiry could take a less sanguine view.
Bielsa is rarely circumspect but, for once, the Argentinian preferred to keep his own counsel. “What happened, happened,” he said.
“English football is known around the world for its noble features. I’ve said all I want to say.”
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 Bielsa’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 Bielsa’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.