Aston Villa’s Wesley loses control before he gets himself sent off after a headbutt and strangle on Stoke’s Nick Powell this Saturday.
The Premier League striker received a straight red card from the referee in a pre-season fixture against their Championship opposition at the bet365 Stadium.
While Villa were 2-0 down in the 65th minute, Wesley received his marching orders for an altercation involving Stoke’s Nick Powell, leaving fans baffled to the flare up.
The Brazilian was fighting for the ball against Powell near the touchline only minutes after his introduction from the substitutes’ bench after the hour mark.
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After both players fell to the ground, Wesley appeared to have moved his head towards Powell, making contact with a headbutt before the Stoke player was then forcefully grabbed at in the throat with Wesley’s left hand.
As the Villans were already 2-0 down, Wesley’s red card compounded what has been a difficult afternoon for Dean Smith’s side.
Goals from Steven Fletcher and Mario Vrancic put Stoke 2-0 up before head coach this afternoon Craig Shakespeare made even alterations on the 60th minute, as Dean Smith continues to self isolate with his family at home.
Fans reacted after seeing Aston Villa’s Wesley sent off after his headbutt and strangle on Stoke’s Nick Powell in a pre-season friendly…
@LFCJaake: How do you get sent off in a friendly
@SCFCShenton: My god I love Nick Powell
@LucyAVFC_: I’ve just paid £14 to watch Wesley drop the nut on a Championship player. Football is back.
@HarryUTV: Sell him. Just sell him. Get another striker in. Not like Wesley is exactly lethal
@sakindinho: Banter club 😭😭
@richwillsavfc: Just get rid now ASAP
@joe_thoma_iv: Can’t do that shit.
@JayVtid: Hasn’t done himself any favours there. Embarrassing.
@Kevbartleyy: Wesley is a nutcase haha
@jhowardwhite: Having Wesley on is like going down to 10 men anyway.
@Mossauce_: Fucking useless cunt
@SCFCShenton: My god I love Nick Powell
@WAFCDaniel: Nick Powell king of shithousing
@iamthepenk: Nick Powell being a marvellous shithouse again. Love it.
@jaymizzle64: That’s not very friendly
@Samhands1: Guy is an absoloute prat, trying to break back into the team and he gets sent off in a fitness game.
build up stamina after horrible acl injury ❌
strangle a random stoke player ✅
@ben_hannon3: Getting heated in a friendly what a prat 😭
@hxrrythfc: How you having a fight in pre season and getting a red? 😭😭😭
@ajbyrne_avfc: What the actual fuck is he doing
@SCFCArchie: Fuck off Wesley. He practically punched Powell twice and powell was fine
@james95c: Nick Powell making friends I see 🤣 #wafc
@OllyAVFC_: Wesley is honestly the funniest guy we’ve ever had at the club
@DJBowers10: Villa fans clapping him off, loudest I’ve heard them 😂
@NCAVFC: OHAHAHAHAHAHA i’ve not missed you bastards one bit
@josephavfc: He does what he wants
@caribbeanpotter: Powell the king of shithousery….warming up for the new season.
@Rich_Walton: Fucking love Powell, me.
@LukeKing_: Wtf was he doing ffs 😂😭 So ridiculous in a friendly.
@JBibbyUTD: Nick Powell all day in a scrap over him
A mix of first-team regulars and Academy youngters gained much needed game time on the pitch for Villa at the bet365 Stadium, with the top flight outfit rotating their entire XI on the hour mark for their second fixture of the summer.
Steven Fletcher sent in a looping header which handed the Championship hosts a third-minute lead, before it was then doubled by Mario Vrancic’s fine long-range strike early in the second half.
The Villans were backed by a 3,000-strong travelling support, however they couldn’t help them to victory, even more difficult to do when playing the remaining 23 minutes with 10 men after Wesley was sent off for an altercation with Nick Powell as seen in the video above.
Villa will have to step up their fitness levels with their next pre-season test against Nottingham Forest at Bodymoor Heath on Wednesday (kick off at 1pm).
Teenagers Aaron Ramsey and Lamare Bogarde were included in Villa’s starting line-up for the encounter, having both featured in the second half of Wednesday’s 4-0 victory at Walsall, with John McGinn proudly wearing the captain’s armband.
Though it was the Potters who got off to the dream start when Fletcher got on the end of Powell’s deep cross to send the ball over Jed Steer’s head from the edge of the penalty area.
Ashley Young saw his 25-yard free-kick narrowly go wide in the 12th minute before Anwar El Ghazi came close to drawing level, his shot getting tipped on to a post by Josef Bursik after Ollie Watkins had closed down the Stoke goalkeeper.
Emiliano Buendía was next to be blocked by Bursik just before the half-hour mark, while El Ghazi also put pressure on the Potters stopper from distance in the 39th minute.
The visitors dominated but couldn’t get the leveller they were looking for prior to the break.
After opening the scoring three minutes into the first half, Stoke doubled their advantage four minutes into the second half – Vrancic surging forward and carrying the ball a long way before hitting an unstoppable right-footed effort into the top corner from 20 yards.
Villa again named a strong list of subs on the bench and made 11 changes on the hour mark to rotate their entire lineup.
Wesley had only been on the pitch around seven minutes before seeing red following an incident with Powell, then players of both teams had to get in and calm the situation down.
Substitute goalkeeper Viljami Sinisalo made a number of impressive saves to keep out a header from former Villa defender James Chester and block Danny Batth’s follow-up effort.
Opposite number Bursik then made a stop to keep out a late header from sub Keinan Davis as Villa threatened.
Stoke City XI: Bursik, Wilmot, Batth, Fox (Chester 70), Smith, Vrančić, (Porter 70), Allen (Thompson 70), Powell (Clucas 70), Doughty (Tymon) 70, Brown, Fletcher (Goodwin 87).
Villa starting XI: Steer, Cash, Bogarde, Hause, A Young, McGinn, Nakamba, Buendía, A Ramsey, El Ghazi, Watkins.
Subs: Sinisalo, Marschall, Targett, Guilbert, Chrisene, Konsa, S Revan, Hourihane, Chukwuemeka, J Ramsey, Philogene-Bidace, Wright, Wesley, Davis.
“We are delighted to win the game today, especially given that we were coming up against Premier League opposition for the first time in pre-season,” Stoke boss Michael O’Neill said.
“They are probably at a different stage to us being a week behind where we are at, missing one or two of their key players, but the result was good and certain aspects of our play were pleasing too.
“There were areas of the game that weren’t so pleasing at the same time, so we know there are still things for us to work on.
“But there was a lot to be pleased about, the way we built the game was good and if we can continue to do that in the manner that we did today then that will bode well for us going into a difficult Championship season.
The Villa 10 who came on after 60 minutes have just completed a 45-minute mini session with Shakespeare, ROK & Delaney. Wesley, after his red card, now told to do extras with two players who didn’t feature; Ben Chrisene and Tyreik Wright. #AVFC pic.twitter.com/eV5ePyOmwr
— Ashley Preece (@PreeceObserver) July 24, 2021