West Ham United extended their unbeaten Premier League run to four matches following their 0-0 draw against Aston Villa at Villa Park on Monday night, and it was certainly an eventful evening for Irons left-back Arthur Masuaku.
The Frenchman saw red in the 67th minute in what appeared to be a harsh call by referee Mike Dean, but his teammates held on for a valuable point.
Here are three images that summed up a disappointing display for the Hammers defender…
While the red card may have been debateable, it came following what was ultimately a poor showing from the 25-year-old.
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The image above shows him being beaten easily by Villa winger Jota, as he struggled from a defensive point of view during the first half especially.
Masuaku’s first yellow card arrived in the 23rd minute of the match as his challenge stopped Villa full-back Frederic Guilbert breaking forward, meaning that he would be walking something of a tight-rope for the rest of the encounter when it came to tackling.
The Frenchman’s reaction says it all.
While it was naive, having hardly appeared to touch Ahmed Elmohamady, Masuaku’s confused look to Dean having been shown the red card is hardly surprising.
Of course, when a referee has shown a yellow card rather than a red one it can’t be subject to a VAR review, otherwise the full-back may well have stayed on the pitch for the remainder of the match.