Aston Villa’s unbeaten start to the season came to an end yesterday as Leeds United romped to a 3-0 win at Villa Park courtesy of Patrick Bamford’s second-half hat-trick.
It was a game in which Villa were, for large parts, in with a chance of winning, but eventually found themselves steamrolled by Leeds’ intense pressing style and dynamic football.
Several Villa players struggled to live up to the occasion. The recently in-form Ezri Konsa should have done better for Leeds’ second goal whilst John McGinn, Ross Barkley, and Ollie Watkins were extremely quiet.
But one former Aston Villa player had some harsh words for the club’s defensive leader, Tyrone Mings, after a disappointing performance.
Andy Townsend, who spent four years at Villa Park, spoke of his disappointment in Mings’ display but suggested he, like several other players, was simply out of gas.
“That running power Leeds have, Villa could not cope with that tonight,” Townsend stated as part of the punditry team for Premier League Productions (24/10/20). “Look at how they are sprinting whilst every Villa player is coasting.
“Trezeguet is right next to Rodrigo, just track the run. Mings at the bottom of the screen, sprint back, and then Konsa can get over and fill the hole but they’re coasting, Leeds are sprinting.
“Mings allows him (Bamford) to do that…Mings doesn’t even show him onto his left-foot he just allows him to walk around the ball. They’re on their heels, they’re out on their feet the Villa players for me.”
Leeds certainly got better as the game went on but Mings will still be disappointed with his own display.
At one point he got involved in a near case of handbags with the match-winner Bamford which appeared to only fire up the Leeds forward but Villa fans will be wishing Mings had got as close to the Leeds man when he fired in the first and third of his hat-trick goals.
Hopefully, it was just a bad day at the office for the Villa and England man, and he can find his feet before the club’s next game.