Jack Grealish has played down the clash between Tyrone Mings and Anwar El Ghazi during Aston Villa’s goalless draw against West Ham on Monday night.
In the first half, Mings was not happy with El Ghazi for not tracking back, with the winger approaching his teammate and leaning his head into the defender’s face.
The Villa players had to come in between the duo to calm the situation down, with referee Mike Dean checking the incident on VAR, but opting against any action.
As posted on Sky Sports MNF official Twitter account, Grealish shared that the incident was ‘all handbags’ and the two players shook hands in the dressing room at half-time.
“It’s all handbags,” Grealish told Sky Sports. “I think when you are out there, it’s in the heat of the moment. I think Ty [Mings] was saying, ‘Anwar [El Ghazi] didn’t track his runner or something’.
“Like I said, it was all just hear of the moment. When we got in at half-time, it was all put to bed, they shook hands and we were then out for the second half ready to get the win. We said [in the dressing room] ‘that can’t be happening out on the pitch’.”
It wasn’t a pleasant moment for those representing Villa, especially considering the incident occurred right in front of the Holte End.
Villa came out in the second half and tried to prove their worth, but ultimately, they were sloppy in possession and they couldn’t put the ball into the back of the net.
The Hammers were also reduced to 10-men when Arthur Masuaku was shown a second yellow card for what looked like a soft foul on Ahmed Elmohamady.
Even though Villa had that extra man, for the last 20 minutes, the East London club were the better side, as Villa’s play, especially in the attacking third, gradually became worse.
It’s four points from five Premier League matches for Dean Smith’s side, as they now travel to the capital on Sunday to take on Arsenal.