Still the drama wasn’t done and this time it was Villa’s other wideman Albrighton who came to the rescue three minutes later , unselfishly sacrificing himself by committing a professional foul on Wade Elliott to stop an almost certain leveller.
Albrighton’s first sending off has cost him his first Blues derby but it could be worth it if it results in a Wembley final appearance.
"Unselfishly sacrificing himself"!!!!!!!! Do I take it that the professional foul is now a fait accompli - that it has now been universally accepted that there's no other option ... to keep up with the Joneses you've got to play like them as well?
There's me, currently researching through papers in the early 1970s when, even then, if there were a couple of bookings in a match that was alarming news. Even then - less than 40 years ago - there was a standard to be kept up.
I think the world has past me by...