'Always rated Elmohamady' - Ex-Sunderland man comes back to haunt Steve Bruce as Newcastle United drop points against Aston Villa

Ahmed Elmohamady and Steve Bruce go back a long way.

Wednesday, 24th June 2020, 8:48 pm
Ahmed El Mohamady of Aston Villa celebrates with Kortney Hause after scoring.

But Elmohamady – who played under Bruce at Sunderland, Hull City and Aston Villa - came back to haunt his old boss as Newcastle United dropped two points against relegation-threatened Villa in a behind-closed-doors clash.

Dwight Gayle had given the hosts the lead with a smart finish before Elmohamady levelled in the 83d minute after a Martin Dubravka error.

The fact Elmohamady scored was not lost on Sunderland supporters, with one fan, Nick @nicholaswilso11 posting on Twitter: “Always rated Elmohamady.”

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Elmohamady felt Villa deserved all three points having ‘controlled’ the game.

He told BT Sport: “We controlled the game, especially in the first half, we had some big chances, Trezeguet should have scored but we’ll take the point away from home, it’s always a tough place to come.

“One thing we have been working on is the set-pieces, for us and against us. We’ve conceded a lot this season but we’ve been solid in the past few games and today it has worked for us. Thankfully, I came on and scored.

“Since we came back, we have had a lot of set-pieces and we’re working on the training ground very hard, since we came back from lockdown, and thankfully it came to me and I scored.

“We have eight more games to go, it’s hard but we’re all together for it. Like the gaffer said, we don’t want to go out of the division. Aston Villa is a massive club, everyone wants to keep the club in the Premier League.”