Viewers of the clash between Aston Villa and West Brom have taken to social media in numbers this afternoon, to take aim at Jack Grealish.
Villa emerge victorious
The two sides went head-to-head at Villa Park a short time ago, in the first-leg of their Championship semi-final playoff tie.
Hosts Villa headed into proceedings as the in-form side, having embarked on a 12-match unbeaten run before their 2-1 final day defeat to champions Norwich.
However, the opening 45 minutes this afternoon saw West Brom do a superb job of keeping Dean Smith’s men quiet.
In addition, an early mistake from Glenn Whelan allowed Dwight Gayle to open the scoring for the visitors with a driven finish from the edge of the box.
The second-half, though, proved a very different story.
A pair of quickfire Villa goals from Conor Hourihane and Tammy Abraham within the closing quarter of an hour eventually proved the difference between the sides, with West Brom goalscorer Gayle’s late red card having compounded the Baggies’ miseries.
WHAT A TURNAROUND
Two goals in three minutes for Aston Villa
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‘Jack Bambi Grealish’
Villa’s victory, however, did not come without its fair share of controversy.
West Brom had strong shouts for a late penalty turned down after Tammy Abraham clattered into Mason Holgate in the hosts’ box.
The incident which has since seen fans up in arms, though, was the spot-kick that was awarded to Villa.
A little over 10 minutes from time, Kieran Gibbs appeared to trip Jack Grealish in the West Brom box, before Tammy Abraham slotted home the ensuing penalty in confident fashion.
Replays, however, showcased minimal, if any contact between Gibbs and Villa’s star man, with viewers of the clash having been in absolutely no doubt regarding Grealish’s role in securing his side’s crucial 2nd:
Cheating Grealish. Clear and deliberate dive.
— Jim Moran (@jimmoran) May 11, 2019
#grealish conning the ref ! Deception isnt it ! Ban the cheat
— danny wilson (@beargryllz) May 11, 2019
Jack Bambi Grealish fooling the ref again!! 2 game ban?? Opps sorry that rule only applies to Leeds.
— Costa Del LEEDS (@stephen_sdoyle) May 11, 2019
If Grealish is on the ground, it’s safe to say he’s dived
— Tom Ralph (@TheTomRalph) May 11, 2019
VAR will have a field day with Grealish next season if they get promoted
— Alex Tudor (@AlexTudor12) May 11, 2019
— Emma (@emmajane1989x) May 11, 2019
@FA Grealish due a suspension for that dive, surely?
— Charlie Stone (@CharlieStone00) May 11, 2019
Grealish dived to win a pen? Are we supposed to be surprised ?
— jonas (@ToastedJonas) May 11, 2019
#grealish cheating again. Ref swayed by home fans again!!
— David Maiden (@DavidMaiden) May 11, 2019
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