Aston Villa winger Leon Bailey could hold back the tears after producing one among the misses of the Premier League thus far within the dying embers of Wednesday’s draw against Wolves. Julen Lopetegui’s relegation-threatened side held Villa to a 1-1 draw, made all of the sourer by Bailey’s horror blunder.
Bailey would’ve seen his name within the headlines on the climax of a hard-fought Midlands derby at Villa Park.
After latching onto a luxurious long ball, the Jamaica international left Jose Sa stranded and looked destined to finish his four-match goal drought.
He rounded the Wolves stopper with the goal at his mercy, only needing the slot the ball between the posts to lift the roof of the expectant stadium.
But, oh no. It went improper. Bailey connected with the bobbling ball but could only direct his effort to the improper side of the appropriate post, prompting Wolves celebrations and Villa disbelief.
There was no greater bearer of disbelief than Bailey himself, though, and he couldn’t help but collapse to the bottom, looking at the grass together with his head in his hands in response.
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He repeated the identical when the ultimate whistle agonisingly blew 20 seconds after, hiding his face and bursting into tears, with Danny Ings among the many Villa team-mates to console him quickly.
Bailey left the pitch, still crying, after so narrowly missing the possibility to net a memorable goal handy the Villa faithful bragging rights over their Molineux rivals.
Later within the evening, Bailey took to Instagram to apologise to the Villans’ supporters for his costly miss.
He wrote a heartfelt message, reading: “I’m really sorry, Villans. I feel at blame for not coming away with all three points tonight. It’s really hard to take, and I’m really disenchanted in myself.
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“Surely can be very difficult to sleep tonight, but I’ll try to maintain my head up. Thanks for the good support tonight. #UTV.”
Villa boss Unai Emery would’ve been disenchanted to not seal back-to-back league wins after his side were the higher on the night.
However the stalemate sees Villa leap into eleventh ahead of Crystal Palace on goal difference after the Eagles’ 4-0 thrashing by Tottenham Hotspur.
Emery’s men host Stevenage within the FA Cup third round this weekend before Leeds United visit Villa Park next Friday night.
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