TWO points dropped in my opinion as Villa are very poor.
Bardsley started at left back and the returning O’Shea at right back, which was a strange thing to do when we have Wayne Bridge available – Bardsley is a poor left back and O’Shea is our best centre-half.
We started off brightly with Sess and McClean seeing plenty of the ball.
McClean was giving Cuellar a torrid time before he went off injured and Hutton didn’t fair much better.
Wiemann was looking busy for them, firing wide then a pathetic dive to try and get Turner sent off.
Bendtner headed our best chance of the first half over the bar, McClean’s good cross being slightly behind him.
Mignolet was lucky to escape punishment from the ref when he handled outside the box after sliding on to a through ball, but the free kick came to nothing.
We thought we had won it when Bendtner scored but the linesman gave offside, which was a very tight decision and a tad harsh.
We’ve now gone an awful long time since scoring and it’s a major concern.
Gardner was unlucky to receive two yellows for nothing challenges.
A point gained but it should have been three.
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