DAMAGING DEFEAT: Villa drop points despite Jagielka seeing red
Aston Villa handed Sheffield United only their fourth win of the season despite playing against 10 men following a red card for Phil Jagielka.
David McGoldrick’s first half strike was enough to separate the two sides as Villa failed to make the most of their extra man advantage.
Jagielka was sent off shortly before the hour mark when the referee upgraded his yellow card to a red following a VAR review where he was adjudged to have denied a goal scoring opportunity when bringing down Anwar El Ghazi.
The victory sees the Blades surpass Derby County’s record lowest ever points total for a Premier League season and leaves them with an outside chance of survival.
As for Villa, fans were left wondering if the team can cope when missing the creativity of star man Jack Grealish who is still sidelined through injury as their push for European football took a devastating blow.
The centre back’s dismissal split the managers as Chris Wilder backed his man post-match:
“"I was disappointed with the decision [red card],” Wilder told the BBC.
“Things were made a little more difficult going down to 10 men, but we showed good character - as I've spoken about all season regarding my team.”
Meanwhile Dean Smith showed his frustration at Villa’s inconsistency:
"I'm a little bit annoyed. We lacked a bit of quality in the final third and I thought we became a little bit too frantic trying to find the goal.
"Our build-up until the 18-yard box was pretty good. We had big chances in the first half which we should have taken. That's the disappointing thing about it."
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