Thommo: Conor’s a ruck ‘n roller

By Graham Hill

THE FALLOUT from Sunday’s Battle of Elland Road will not be disappearing anytime soon.

Despite the accusations heading Conor Hourihane’s way after he appeared to punch Leeds United goalscorer Mateusz Klich – but was NOT charged by the FA, the Villa midfielder has been backed by one of the club’s former strikers.

Garry Thompson, speaking in his role as a BBC Radio WM Sport pundit, says he thought Hourihane handled the situation ideally even though the Irishman appeared to lose his head.

Leeds striker Patrick Bamford, on the other hand, was charged with attempting to deceive the match officials after going down after supposedly being hit by Anwar El Ghazi even though TV replays showed no contact was made.

TV was slightly kinder to Hourihane although it was clear an exchange took place.

Thomoson said: They’ve actually played like they are going to kick the ball out of play.

“Then he’s done a cheeky one down the side and they nicked the goal. That’s when it all kicks off.

“You can see all the Villa players relax. I know you’re supposed to play to the whistle, so it’s their fault in one respect.

“I’ve given Conor Hourihane a bit of stick for some of the defending he has done at times. But I thought he was magnificent. He was the first one in anytime there’s a ruck.”

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