Aston Villa fans are already desperate to get into the playoffs and will be buzzing to get past their last game against Norwich and get into a two-legged clash with West Brom. They’ll want John McGinn for the playoffs, though, and as he received his 14th booking of the season yesterday they feared the worst as the Elland Road clash turned sour.
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) April 28, 2019
From the 70th minute onwards yesterday, what had previously been a dull tie took a turn for the exciting and controversial. Mateusz Klich scored a questionable opener, Anwar El Ghazi was sent off and then Marcelo Bielsa allowed Albert Admoah to walk through his side an equalise. Inbetween, though, there was a fair bit of handbags and John McGinn was obviously fired up throughout.
After the incident, when the game kicked back off at 1-1, McGinn went in extremely heavily on Adam Forshaw, turning the Leeds’ #4 inside out and earning himself his 14th yellow card of the season. If the Scottish midfielder is to play against Norwich and wins himself a 15th booking he will receive a three-match ban that will rule him out of their entire playoff campaign, so after that booking, the Villains were desperate to get McGinn off of the pitch and will hoping he’s rested for Norwich.
You can read the Villains’ reaction to McGinn’s booking here:
Drop McGinn for Norwich
— joe (@Frostyz___) April 28, 2019
Take Mcginn off
— barry (@ninetyroche) April 28, 2019
Take off McGinn
— Josh (@joshavfcmorris) April 28, 2019
One more booking he misses playoffs
— Stephen (@Stephen30644801) April 28, 2019
Mcginn needs to Come off now after receiving that yellow
— Rachie Rach(@Msrach17) 28 April 2019
Get him off now
— James (@jameskeane82) April 28, 2019
Lucky there, could have been a red, no attempt at the ball
— Stuart Ingham-Smith (@smith_ingham) April 28, 2019
The Whites will do anything to keep McGinn available for the playoffs and will be desperate to keep the Scot out of their squad for Norwich.
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