Ezri Konsa has told Marvelous Nakamba on Twitter to put his ‘head up’ after the Aston Villa midfielder felt the need to apologise after his side was knocked out of the League Cup by Chelsea on Wednesday night.
Over the course of the 90 minutes, Nakamba was outstanding for Villa as they recorded a 1-1 draw against Chelsea, only for them to win the tie on penalties.
Ashley Young and Nakamba were the ones who saw their spot-kicks saved, and after the game, Villa’s defensive midfielder apologised for his actions.
Many Villa supporters flooded his Twitter post with messages to ensure him that he doesn’t need to apologise, and it’s something Konsa agreed with because he told him ‘don’t be silly’ and they will ‘go again’ this Saturday.
Given that Nakamba isn’t an attack-minded player, specialist penalty-taker, or someone who you would turn to when taking penalties.
He should be praised for having the guts to step up during such a pressure moment and taking a spot-kick for his team.
It’s a shame that he felt the need to apologise for his actions, but equally, it was good to see the Villa supporters, and his teammates, including Tyrone Mings, coming out and backing him.
During Villa’s last two games – their 3-0 win against Everton and League Cup draw at Chelsea – Nakamba has been brilliant in both matches and probably deserves a starting birth against Manchester United at the weekend.
If he doesn’t get that nod from Dean Smith then it’s only because John McGinn, Douglas Luiz and Jacob Ramsey are performing very well, at the moment.
Either way, the only disappointment from Villa will be that they have played Chelsea twice at Stamford Bridge, performed ever so well and come out of it with a 3-0 defeat and 1-1 draw.
But on one hand, they can take great encouragement from that because they are playing the European champions and they aren’t going to come up against teams like Chelsea every week.