"The pitch invasion after Aston Villa's win over Leicester was distasteful" says former Villa star

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 7:13pm

By Alasdair McDowall @AllyMcDy

Andy Blair wasn't impressed by the Villa fans' antics

With Dean Smith’s men ominously looming just two points above the drop in the Premier League they looked to lift their spirits by booking a trip to Wembley in last night’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Leicester.

Trezeguet's injury-time winner sparked wild celebrations at Villa Park and fired them into their first showpiece final since their 4-0 thumping at the hands of Arsenal in the 2015 FA Cup final. 

Fans flooded onto the pitch lifting players on their shoulders in jubilant celebrations but also allegedly shoving Leicester’s James Maddison to the ground in the chaotic aftermath. 

Ex-Villa midfielder Andy Blair told Richard Lee & Patrick Christys on Love Sport Breakfast that the scenes were “unsavoury”.

“I can understand the exuberance, the joy and the happiness, but its unsavoury at the very least and that shouldn’t happen, but it did and let’s just hope the club don’t get too big a fine.”

The Claret and Blue are expected to meet Manchester City on the 1st of March should they consolidate their 3-1 aggregate lead over rivals Manchester United in tonight’s second leg.

Pep Guardiola has been outspoken about his belief that the competition should be axed in order to ease fixture list congestion.

Blair said assertions from Pep that the competition should be done away with entirely are short sighted. 

“This competition has to stay; it gives glory to a lot of clubs, it’s exciting, it’s exhilarating.

“If they undervalue it, people like Pep Guardiola, that’s a poor statement to make; it’s not thinking as a whole for football in general over the UK.

“He is a fantastic manager and had a brilliant career as a player, but we will put those comments in the bin where they deserve to be.”

Listen to Love Sport Breakfast from 6.30am weekdays with Richard Lee and Patrick Christys on Love Sport Radio.

 

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