Ian Taylor has described Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford as “embarrassing”, while Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings has stated his side will not be bullied – as the two teams played out a controversial 1-1 draw.
In what was a feisty match throughout, the game sprang to life towards the full-time whistle. With Jonathan Kodjia down injured, Tyler Roberts looked as though he was about to kick the ball out of play.
But he played it through to Mateusz Klich, who curled the ball around Jed Steer. The goal sparked a mass brawl, in which Anwar El Ghazi was sent off for elbowing Bamford. Replays suggest it was theatrical from Bamford.
Marcelo Bielsa ordered his Leeds players to let Villa score an equaliser, and although Pontus Jansson did not get the memo, Albert Adomah tapped home. The match ended 1-1, but it is unlikely the last we hear about it.
Aston Villa legend Taylor and on-loan defender Mings reacted on Twitter after the whirlwind match.
Proud of the lads. Some spirit in this team! @OfficialTM_3 colossal at the back with Tuanzebe, but great team effort. Fair play to Bielsa for giving us the goal. Bamford though…… Red card definitely has to be rescinded! Embarrassing… 🙈 #UTV
— Ian Taylor (@IanTaylor7) April 28, 2019
— Tyrone Mings (@OfficialTM_3) April 28, 2019
Putting aside the key moments of the game, what is now important is that Leeds have regained a big scoop of momentum ahead of the dreaded play-offs.
Prior to the match, Bielsa’s side had lost two successive matches to Brentford and Wigan, ending their automatic dreams. But they looked like a side refreshed against Villa.
27 shots on goal – more than double Villa’s 13 – and 69 per cent possession, Leeds looked much more Bielsa-like. Momentum regained? Perhaps. But Villa will take a lot of beating in the last six.