Villa Park saw Dean Smith’s side draw 0-0 with West Ham, who finished the game with ten men.

Chris Sutton has given his verdict on the incident between Aston Villa defender Ahmed Elmohamady and West Ham United’s Arthur Masuaku which resulted in the latter getting sent off in Monday night’s Premier League stalemate at Villa Park (BBC Sport).

Already on a yellow card for a foul in the first half on Frederic Guilbert, the Hammers left-back grasped for Elmohamady’s jersey as Villa tried to launch a counterattack in the 66th minute.

Elmohamady went to ground, referee Mike Dean showed Masuaku a second yellow card and the visitors were left to see the game out with 10 men, the full time whistle blowing on neither side having broken the deadlock.

Former Villa striker Sutton reckons that Masuaku was “reckless” in diving in on Elmohamady and giving Dean no choice but to brandish his cards, but likewise he claimed that the Villans man did “milk it”.

“Reckless. Brainless. Arthur Masuaku is protesting. What are you protesting about? Get off, it’s a stupid challenge,” Sutton told BBC Sport during the game.

“He dived in. We know Mike Dean loves to get the red card out. He didn’t need to make the challenge. He does catch him, enough for Ahmed Elmohamady to go down. The Aston Villa player does milk it.”

The Villans began brightly in the Premier League clash and could have gone ahead on 13 minutes when Wesley Moraes failed to head home from Jack Grealish’s cross.

There was a flashpoint between two Villa players on 35 minutes when tempers flared between Tyrone Mings and Anwar El Ghazi, the latter appearing to push his head into his teammate’s face, but neither was punished by Dean.

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