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Ian Wright admits Bamford has made mistake, wouldn't agree with Bielsa decision

BT Sport pundit Ian Wright looks on prior to the Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on April 23, 2017 in London, England.

Leeds United's 1-1 draw with Aston Villa on Sunday has made the headlines.

BT Sport pundit Ian Wright looks on prior to the Emirates FA Cup Semi-Final match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on April 23, 2017 in London, England.

Pundit Ian Wright has told BBC Radio Five Live that he wouldn't have been happy with Marcelo Bielsa's big decision against Aston Villa if he was a Leeds player.

The Whites went into Sunday's game knowing that they needed two wins and a ridiculous goal swing to stand any chance of catching Sheffield United, but were taking on a Villa side with 10 wins in a row under their belt.

It looked the game would end 0-0, but late drama was sparked when Jonathan Kodjia went down injured. Villa were expecting Tyler Roberts to put the ball out of play as he slowed down towards the touchline, but instead played in Mateusz Klich.

 

Villa players had stopped, and Klich ran through before cutting inside to score, sparking ugly scenes as Villa players were incensed, sparking a brawl which saw Anwar El Ghazi sent off for appearing to strike Patrick Bamford.

The red card has since been rescinded as there was no contact on Bamford, and after scoring a controversial goal, Leeds boss Bielsa ordered his players to let Villa score.

Albert Adomah sauntered forward to score despite Pontus Jansson attempting to challenge him, and the game ended in a 1-1 draw after quite remarkable scenes at Elland Road.

The situation has been discussed up and down the country since Sunday afternoon, and pundit Wright has now admitted that he would've been unhappy with Bielsa's decision had he been a Leeds player, feeling that everyone should play to the whistle, and Villa only had themselves to blame for Klich scoring.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa gives Pontus Jansson instructions after his side scored a contentious goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Aston Villa at...

Wright added that he thinks Bamford has made a mistake by going down claiming El Ghazi struck him, but vowed to stick by the striker, claiming he's a 'wonderful' guy.

“No,” said Wright. “Simply because I think that it goes back to the fact that you’ve got to play to the whistle. He didn’t give a foul, so you play to the whistle - you can’t just stop. Bielsa has got to take a lot of credit for what he’s done.”

“He’s somebody that I love, Patrick, but yeah. He’s somebody that I will defend to the end, but I can’t in this situation. It’s very, very out of character for him, but I suppose it comes down to the pressure of the situation him and the club find themselves in, and he’s made a mistake - but I’ll stick by him, he’s a wonderful guy,” he added.

Leeds United's Patrick Bamford goes down clutching his face after his side scored a contentious goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Aston Villa at Elland...

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