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Gabby Agbonlahor labels Leon Bailey ‘strange’ for crying after missing late sitter vs Wolves

Gabby Agbonlahor labels Leon Bailey as ‘strange’ for crying when making his way off the pitch after missing a late sitter vs Wolves.

The 25 year old Aston Villa player has since issued an apology to Aston Villa fans after his late miss in the 1-1 draw at Villa Park on Wednesday night.

After a clever pass from Danny Ings, saw him have a chance at winning the match, however, he ended up firing the wrong side of the post after rounding Wolves keeper Jose Sa.

Bailey fell to the ground and the tears began with his teammates quickly rushing to comfort him.

Bailey took to social media to say sorry to the Villa faithful for wasting the chance which would have claimed an important three points.

He said via Instagram: “I am really sorry Villans, I feel at blame for not coming away with all three points tonight.

“It’s really hard to take and I’m very disappointed in myself.

“Surely will be very difficult to sleep tonight but I’ll try to keep my head up.”


Emery said: “I’m happy with him, he was crying but it is good because he was feeling. He was taking responsibility to score and he didn’t do it. He can feel this responsibility.

“I’m very happy with his commitment and performance, he was playing inside and outside. It was good to learn more with him.

“At the end we had chances to score and win with a huge opportunity with Leon Bailey, we can be happy because we created it. They [the players] were supporting him and trying to improve for the next matches when he will have the same chances.”

Meanwhile, ex-Villa player Gabby Agbonlahor wasn’t so sympathetic towards Bailey, saying the tears were ‘strange’ and the miss was ‘not something to cry over’.

Agbonlahor told talkSPORT Breakfast: “For someone predominantly left-footed, not great at using his right foot, it’s not a bad miss.

“If it was on his left, you would say it’s a bad miss. But it happens with your weaker foot.

“You’re a bit off-balance and there’s a defender running back on the line. It’s not an open goal, I know people can make it sound worse than it was.

“It was strange to cry. That hasn’t cost Aston Villa the FA Cup final. I just don’t think it was something to cry over.

“He’s been outstanding this season. To miss that chance, yes it was disappointing, but very strange to cry.”

Ian Wright was asked on Match of the Day if he had any advice for Bailey after being shown the player’s social media apology.

Wright felt there was no reason for Bailey to say sorry, commenting: “Just forget it. What’s up with you, man? It’s done. You didn’t lose the game – you’re fine, Leon, man. You’re fine.

“Maybe it’s the pressure of social media and the stick some players get, probably that’s what he’s done it for – but it’s fine, man!”

Questioned if he would have slept after missing a chance like that, Wright responded: “Absolutely, sleep.”

Danny Ings came off the bench to seal a late equaliser to help Aston Villa to a point and denied Wolves an important Premier League victory in the West Midlands derby.

Daniel Podence opened the scoring with a delightful first-half strike, before Ings cancelled it out when he lifted the ball past Sa after his run behind the defence was picked out by Tyrone Mings’ pass.

Aston Villa manager Unai Emery speaking to BBC Sport: “In the first half we didn’t play like we wanted to and in the second half we improved a lot. We played with heart.

“I think I can be a little bit happier than not because after their goal they also had some chances in the second half. This draw is keeping in our mind the need to improve and carry on in the next months.”

He added: “I can be happy after the second half but I am disappointed too because we need to improve more with what we are doing with our ball possession and how we impose our positioning.

“In the first half, I think we did not control the match how we were speaking. They were pushing. But I think we changed some different tactical issues in the second half and tried to play more with the heart.

“The supporters helped us by pushing us. I think we deserved to draw and had a huge opportunity to win it through Leon Bailey.”

Wolves manager Julen Lopetegui to BBC Sport: “We have fought for the three points and we came very close.

“In the second half we maybe have problems because we made a big effort in the first half. We didn’t have a lot of options in midfield and in the end it is a pity.

“In the end they pushed a lot and in the end they had a clear chance with Leon Bailey in the last minute, but we had chances to close the match. I prefer to be positive, against a big team like Aston Villa.”

On Daniel Podence, who was brought off with an injury: “We don’t know. He had problems with his calf and he could not continue in the second half. Podence is an important player for us.

“It’s a derby and we want to win for our fans because we need three points, we are in a bad position in the table but I know it will be a hard and long race. At the same time, I think we are in a good way.”

Player ratings (via Sky Sports)

Aston Villa: Martinez (7), Cash (6), Konsa (6), Mings (8), Digne (5), Luiz (6), Kamara (7), Bailey (5), Buendia (5), Young (5), Watkins (6).

Subs: Coutinho (7), Ings (8), Augustinsson (7), Dendoncker (6).

Wolves: Sa (6), Semedo (6), Collins (6), Kilman (7), Bueno (6), Nunes (6), Neves (6), Moutinho (6), Hwang (6), Costa (6), Podence (8).

Subs: Traore (6), Ait-Nouri (6), Hodge (6), Cunha (6), Toti (6).

Player of the match: Danny Ings.

Here’s the Twitter reaction as Gabby Agbonlahor labels Leon Bailey ‘strange’ for crying after missing a late sitter vs Wolves…

@Gemmarxox: Why is everyone hating on Leon Bailey? Last night shown that he is passionate. It’s not just fans that are passionate, footballers have feelings too, and last night shown that. Stuff I’ve seen on here about him are disgusting, imagine if that was your son. Have respect. 💔

@EccoDave: Worth noting that even though he had a bad game last night Bailey NEVER stopped trying, never shied away from wanting the ball. If there was another 30 minutes after that miss he’d still be trying. Make no mistake we need that attitude #avfc #utv

@natsiobhan_: ings and watkins going straight over to bailey 🫶🏻

@AVFCSPARK: He got a huge ovation once he got bk to his feet after missing aswell , its one of those but I’m glad he is disappointed as it shows he gives a damn UTV

@GavSi1814: I know he missed but, I love that unity and how Danny and Ollie went over to help him up 👏🏽

@Hop__Ben: Good to see him caring had enough down villa Park who couldn’t care less

@AVFCCharlie: The fans response when he got back to his feet will help him massively in the coming days. Hopefully he comes back a player with extra motivation and incentive, rather than one who’s confidence is shot to pieces

@Crofty1__: Yo Have a Maggy and chill chin up 💯 @leonbailey

@dartman501: Oh wow! Well done @IngsDanny and @OllieWatkins_ for showing a very human touch. It was clear @leonbailey was hurting after his miss but honestly Leon, you know we all love you. You can tell by the genuine applause from your fellow Villans. Never give up mate. UTV

@simonuk103: This is real team mates and supporters #avfc #utv

@iamivank: That’s real team mates. Also, some of the flack Bailey has been getting is undeserved. You can’t doubt that he cares and he has bags of talent.

@mcauley26: It was a shocking miss with basically the last kick of the game but you can see how much it hurt him. Great to see Ollie and Danny show him support. Hope it doesn’t knock his confidence. Onto the next #UTV

@BallerBailey31: Those people behind him there, that’s what football is about. 👏👏

@everysongsung: At least he cares. The number of wasters we’ve had through the door in the past 10 years who didn’t give a single toss, I’ll take a player who knows he’s made a mistake and actually cares any day of the week. #AVFC

@KCCOvilla88: @leonbailey we still love you

@CJBUK1: Poor kid man. You could see he was devastated at the end. Was painful to watch. Would’ve been more painful for me if he’d scored it, but was still uncomfortable to watch. Fair play for coming out with this after.

@LxTRLB: Hate the “fans” who jump on the hate band wagon when something goes wrong, the same people will be cheering and singing his name when he next scores 🤦‍♂️

@Jas10SG: It’s not like he intentionally missed and it was actually pleasing to see his reaction and how desperately he wanted to get the win for us. Unfortunate.

@SubbuteoP: He missed a chance. It happens. We have to move on and try and improve next time out. We weren’t great in the stands or on the pitch but we didn’t lose the game. Take the positives and move on. UTV 💜💙

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