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Leeds star Luis Sinisterra called ‘naive’ for getting sent off after stopping free-kick, as Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa labelled ‘rubbish’ in game that saw more fouls than shots

Leeds United’s game against Aston Villa on Sunday saw more fouls than shots, as the Villans failed to beat the ten-man home side.

Luis Sinisterra’s sending off in the second half offered the Villans a chance to seal their first win on the road in the Premier League this season, but Steven Gerrard’s team were unable to capitalise.


Villa fans enjoyed waving Sinisterra down the tunnel

Both sides had enough chances on Sunday afternoon but neither were able to find the net.

However, despite neither team converting their chances, it became more and more likely to be a game that saw a sending off, with the clubs having a spicy history from their days in the Championship.

Leeds committed 23 fouls in Sunday’s clash and Villa made 12 – a bigger tally than the teams’ total number of shots (25) – as seven yellow cards were dished out across the 90 minutes.

And Leeds star Sinisterra was on the receiving end of two of them.

The Colombian winger picked up his first yellow card in the 26th minute for fouling Villa captain John McGinn after the Scot took the ball from Brenden Aaronson as he was running into the box.

Then, with the game still deadlocked shortly after the break, Sinisterra picked up his second yellow card offence and duly received his marching orders.

Sinisterra couldn’t believe he’d been sent off


Sinisterra couldn’t believe he’d been sent off

Play was stopped as Jacob Ramsey was fouled, and Villa prepared to take a free-kick.

But the Leeds star failed to stand ten yards from where the ball was placed and even put his right foot out to block it, leading referee Stuart Attwell to dismiss him.

The Leeds faithful weren’t impressed with Attwell as their side went down to ten men, as they shouted a rendition of ‘You’re not fit to referee’ to him as Sinisterra headed for an early bath.

Former Premier League star Darren Ambrose disagreed with Leeds fans, though, telling the Boot Room: “Unfortunately I think it’s naivety [from Sinisterra], as opposed to the referee doing something wrong.

Leeds managed to see the game out despite playing with ten men for most of the second half


Leeds managed to see the game out despite playing with ten men for most of the second half

“You can’t block a free-kick from a yard away when you’re on a yellow card.”

But for ex-EFL striker Adebayo Akinfenwa, he understood the fans’ frustration, given the referee opted not to punish Leon Bailey after he kicked the ball away earlier in the match.

“More than anything, it’s consistency,” the former Wimbledon and Wycombe star said.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s two minutes into the game, or 62 minutes into the game. He should’ve talked to him [Sinisterra], even if it was a bookable offence.”

Gerrard will be feeling the heat after failing to take advantage of 10 man Leeds


Gerrard will be feeling the heat after failing to take advantage of 10 man Leeds

In the end Leeds saw out Villa to go 12th, whilst the Villans couldn’t take advantage of the depleted Yorkshire side and sit in 14th.

Philippe Coutinho had the best chance for the away side when he struck ... in the second half and Ollie Watkins failed to convert the rebound.

Ezri Konsa then hit a chance wide of ... as the Midlands outfit tried to find the winner.

Steven Gerrard’s side’s draw marks their first point on the road this season. However, it still leaves pundits and fans questioning the former Liverpool stars’ position.

“They’re just rubbish Villa aren’t they?” NaijaOnPoint’s Alex Crook said on the Boot Room. “Just rubbish.”



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