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‘He's got to’: Sky Sports commentator says Aston Villa man should’ve been ‘screaming’ at Ollie Watkins after moment in first-half
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‘He's got to’: Sky Sports commentator says Aston Villa man should’ve been ‘screaming’ at Ollie Watkins after moment in first-half

Sky Sports commentator Andy Hinchcliffe says Aston Villa man John McGinn should have been ‘screaming’ at Ollie Watkins after a moment in the first-half against Leeds today. 

Steven Gerrard’s men travelled to Elland Road in a game where both sides were in need of picking up three points. 

Villa picked up an important win against Southampton last time out and were looking to build on this against Jesse Marsch’s men. 

In the 8th minute of the game, Villa created a decent opportunity as Bailey was played in down the right-hand side.

The Jamaican winger then played a delightful ball into the box towards John McGinn. But Ollie Watkins intervened and put his effort wide.

The Scottish midfielder was in a much better position than Watkins and Hinchcliffe feels he should have made the striker aware of this. 

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McGinn should’ve been ‘screaming’ at Watkins 

While co-commentating on Sky Sports’ coverage of the game, Hinchcliffe said McGinn needed to be more vocal. 

“McGinn should be screaming at Ollie Watkins to leave this because the ball is intended for the onrushing McGinn,” he said. 

“He’s got to open his mouth, communicate with the striker to say ‘get out of the way’. 

“They turn Leeds around, it’s a clever cross and the supporting midfielder [McGinn] is getting there. 

“But Watkins has to leave it for McGinn. You can see that’s what he’s [Watkins] saying, you’ve got to tell him you’re there.” 

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Leeds certainly grew into the game and carved out some decent openings in the first-half. But the Whites were reduced to 10 men after Luis Sinisterra picked up his second yellow card at the beginning of the second-half. 

Gerrard’s men began to push for an opener after the red card and Coutinho came close as his volley came back off the crossbar. And Watkins was at the centre of the action again as he missed the rebound.

Villa kept piling the pressure on Leeds but struggled to create any clear-cut opportunities. Gerrard’s men only managed their first shot on target in the 75th minute of the game.

Watkins did get another chance to hand Villa the three points but was denied by Illan Meslier. Gerrard will be frustrated to not have secured a win after having a one-man advantage for most of the second-half.

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