Aston Villa correspondent Ashley Preece believed that Leon Bailey wasn’t strong enough for his involvement in West Ham’s second goal in his team’s 2-1 defeat on Sunday afternoon.
The Lowdown: Bailey’s performance
Steven Gerrard brought on the winger shortly before the hosts went 1-0 up with 20 minutes to go through Andriy Yarmolenko. The Jamaican is yet to start a game this year due to injury but looked bright in the closing stages in east London.
As per SofaScore, the 24-year-old ended with a match rating of 7.3/10, creating one big chance, completing 100% of his dribbles and recording seven accurate passes.
However, with Villa looking to get back into the game, Bailey lost out to Declan Rice following John McGinn’s attempted pass, with Pablo Fornals doubling the hosts’ lead.
The Latest: Preece’s post on Bailey
Preece relayed the key moments from the London Stadium via Twitter on Sunday afternoon and believed that Bailey was ‘not strong enough’ in the build-up to the second West Ham goal.
He tweeted: “Goal, West Ham, Fornals! Leon Bailey not strong enough to receive McGinn’s pass as Rice nicks in, drives forward, plays Benrahma who checks it back to Fonals who fires home. Villa done on the break. Clinical from the hosts.”
The Verdict: Hard done by?
Villa came into Sunday’s clash in fine form, winning their previous three games without conceding, and Gerrard may feel that his side should have taken something from the capital today.
The visitors had more efforts on goal, a greater share of possession and also hit the woodwork, as per SofaScore, with Bailey helping towards those stats with his all-action display upon coming off the bench.
Unfortunately, Gerrard’s side have nothing to show for it, and they’ll be looking to put that right next time out against Arsenal, where we may see another cameo from the bench from Bailey – or possibly even from the start.
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