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It appears that Aston Villa’s Under 21s have taken calls from the fans and the media for the Villains to ‘show some fight’ a little too literally.
A 19-man brawl broke out after some pretty ‘meaty’ challenges from Villa’s Kevin Toney, with the final challenge resulting in the Aston Villa man eventually being sent-off.
With the senior side currently managerless and facing up to life in the Championship, this high-profile melee is probably the final nail in a club that has gone from Champions League qualification to a circus act – and worryingly quickly at that.
Every cloud has a silver lining, though, and Villa’s U21s did emerge victorious over the Hammers, bagging a 3-2 win and dispelling the myth that Villa Park is allergic to winning.
One more thing to add to this, and for all you Merlin’s Premier League sticker book collectors out there, remember Lee Hendrie? Well, his cousin, Stephen, was playing. However, no family legacy here, as he was one of the goalscorers for West Ham.