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Roy Keane left unimpressed by Aston Villa players’ celebrations

Roy Keane was left unimpressed by Aston Villa players’ celebrations after a draw against Watford secured their Premier League safety.

The controversial ex-footballer turned pundit slammed it for being ‘over the top’ which confirmed their survival with a 1-1 draw away at West Ham on Sunday.

Keane did praised Villa for staying in the top-flight despite many changes to the playing squad, but the former Manchester United captain was unimpressed with what he was seeing in the changing room as videos emerged.

As can be heard in the video above, he said in the Sky Sports studio: “That’s why they never win anything.

“Listen I’m delighted for Dean Smith, he made a good point – there were big changes at the club last summer.

“It was going to take time, they’ve stayed up [and it’s] a big achievement.

“The celebrations are slightly over the top, but good luck to them.”

Their survival sees Watford and Bournemouth have relegation to the Championship confirmed on the final day due to Villa’s point at West Ham. 

The two clubs join Norwich City, who were relegated two weeks ago, in England’s second tier. 

Player ratings

West Ham: Fabianski (5), Johnson (6), Diop (6), Ogbonna (6), Fredericks (4), Noble (6), Rice (5), Soucek (5), Fornals (5), Bowen (5), Antonio (4)

Subs: Haller (5), Yarmolenko (6), Lanzini (6), Anderson (NA)

Aston Villa: Reina (6), Guilbert (6), Konsa (7), Mings (7), Targett (6), Hourihane (6), McGinn (7), Luiz (6), Grealish (7), Trezeguet (6), Samatta (5)

Subs: Davis (6), Hause (NA), Nakamba (NA), El Ghazi (NA)

Man of the match: Jack Grealish

Villa boss Dean Smith on BT Sport: “It’s a magnificent achievement from everybody.

We were resolute, and I said Jack would score today! It’s a proud moment, and it actually feels better than last year going up in the play-offs.

Whether we’d stayed up or gone down today, I’d have said the same thing: it was a big change we had to make at the football club at the end of the season.

Not many people understand we had to build a new squad, people just looked at the money we spent.

“We used the pandemic the best I feel – I lost my father in that period, so there was a lot of disappointment – but we worked very hard, because we knew we had to be defensively better. I’m really proud to lead this team.”

Asked what he expects from Jack Grealish’s future, Smith said: “I expect him to get drunk with me tonight, that’s the only answer I can give you!

“I’ll sit down with the sporting director, CEO and owners tomorrow, but let us enjoy this great achievement. We were written off by many people and we’ve managed to stay up on the final day.”

West Ham boss David Moyes: “We didn’t play so well today but if you put it in perspective the players have done a brilliant job. Today was a bit of a chance to play. But we were playing against an opponent with a lot to play for. A draw is about fair.

“We are trying to get a young, fresh group of players and they have done really well for us. Today is another experience for them. Every game in football matters. The standards they have set since lockdown have been really good.

“I think you have got to remember that the club spent £200million [recently]. We’ll try and add to it if we can, if we can’t we’ll go with what we’ve got and there are a lot who can improve and a lot who have since lockdown, Micky Antonio is an example of that. We’ll try and get the best out of the players and if we can add to it we will do.”

As Roy Keane was left unimpressed by Aston Villa players’ celebrations at full time, fans quickly propelled the pundit’s name to the top of the UK trends list on Twitter…

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