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Bailey apologizes to Villa fans after crucial miss against Wolves

By Sports Desk January 06, 2023

Aston Villa winger Leon Bailey has apologised to supporters after missing a glorious chance in the closing stages of Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Danny Ings cancelled out Daniel Podence's brilliant first-half strike to deny Wolves a vital win at Villa Park.

The home side had a glorious chance to snatch all three points late in the contest. Ings turned provider, sending a ball over the top for Bailey to catch.

He managed to get ahead of Max Kilman and round goalkeeper Jose Sa before putting his effort just wide. The 25-year-old looked distraught as he collapsed to the turf, bursting into tears.

The Jamaica international was visibly emotional after gaining his composure, wiping his face with his shirt after receiving reassurance from Watkins.

A draw for Unai Emery's side means they sit 11th in the table. Victory would've seen them move within one point of the top 10, while Wolves would've moved out of the bottom three.

Bailey took to social media shortly after the game. He admitted it would be 'very difficult to sleep' knowing how close he came to scoring his fourth league goal of the campaign.

The former Bayer Leverkusen man said: "I am really sorry, Villains. I feel at blame for not coming away with all three points tonight. It's really hard to take and I'm very disappointed in myself.

"Surely will be very difficult to sleep tonight, but I'll try to keep my head up. Thank you for the great support tonight."

Emery was quick to back Bailey despite the miss in his post-match interview.

The Spaniard believes Bailey took responsibility and is committed to the club, something he's been desperate to instil in all his players since arriving from Villarreal in November.

He told reporters: "I’m happy with him, he was crying but it is good because he was feeling. He was taking responsibility to score and he didn’t do it. He can feel this responsibility.

"I’m very happy with his commitment and performance, he was playing inside and outside. It was good to learn more with him.

"At the end we had chances to score and win with a huge opportunity with Leon Bailey, we can be happy because we created it.

"They (the players) were supporting him and trying to improve for the next matches when he will have the same chances."

Villa return to action on Sunday evening against League Two outfit Stevenage in the FA Cup.

 

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