Leon Bailey leaves the pitch in tears and apologizes after a late chance but Aston Villa legend Gabby Agbonlahor insists he’s ‘not short of something to cry about’ and Unai Emery happy with the striker
Leon Bailey left the pitch in tears and apologized to Aston Villa fans after a late setback in the 1-1 draw with Wolves.
The Villa striker had a chance to win the game in the dying moments, courtesy of a poor pass from Danny Ings, but fired wide after rounding Wolves keeper Jose Sa.
At full time, the 25-year-old fell to the ground and began to cry, before his teammates rushed to console him.
Bailey then took to social media and apologized to the Villa Park faithful for turning down the chance to claim victory.
The Jamaican wrote on Instagram: “I’m so sorry Villans, I feel guilty that I didn’t come away with the three points tonight.
“It’s really hard to take and I’m very disappointed in myself.
“It will surely be very difficult to sleep tonight but I will try to keep my head up.”
Despite Bailey’s luck, an underachieving Villa side were lucky to escape with a point after Daniel Podence put Wolves ahead, with Ings scoring a late equaliser.
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Manager Unai Emery insisted he was happy to see Bailey express his feelings and take responsibility.
Emery said: “I’m happy with him, he was crying but it’s good because he felt. He was taking responsibility to score and he didn’t. He can feel that responsibility.
“I’m very happy with his commitment and his performance, he was playing inside and outside. It was good to learn more from him.
“At the end we had chances to score and win with a huge opportunity with Leon Bailey, we can be happy because we created it. They [the players] were supporting him and trying to improve for the next games when he gets the same chances.
However, Villa legend Gabby Agbonlahor thought Bailey’s tears were “strange” and the miss was “no reason to cry”.
Agbonlahor told talkSPORT Breakfast: “For someone who is mostly left-footed, not good at using their right foot, it’s not a bad pass.
“If it was to his left, it looks like it’s a bad pass. But it happens with your weaker foot.
“You are a little off balance and there is a defender coming back on the line. It’s not an open goal, I know people can make it look worse than it was.
“It was strange to cry. It didn’t cost Aston Villa the FA Cup final. I don’t think it was something to cry about.
“He has been exceptional this season. To miss this chance, yes it was disappointing, but very strange to cry.
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