Aston Villa star blasted for "Brainless" moment in Brentford draw

Aston Villa v Brentford FC - Premier League
Aston Villa v Brentford FC - Premier League / Alex Livesey - Danehouse/GettyImages

Aston Villa's hopes of securing a top-four finish in the Premier League were dealt a blow on Saturday, 6 April 2024, as they were held to a thrilling 3-3 draw by Brentford. However, it was a moment of frustration from midfielder Douglas Luiz that has left the club reeling.

The Brazilian international received a yellow card in the 97th minute for a cynical and needless challenge, which will now see him miss Villa's next two Premier League games through suspension. The booking was Luiz's 10th of the season, triggering an automatic two-match ban at a crucial juncture in the campaign.

Villa had started the match brightly, taking a commanding 2-0 lead, but a stunning nine-minute spell saw Brentford score three goals to turn the game on its head. Ollie Watkins managed to salvage a point for Villa with a late equaliser, but the result leaves the team vulnerable to being overtaken by fifth-place Tottenham in the race for Champions League qualification.

Speaking on the Claret and Blue Podcast, host Dan Rolinson slammed Luiz's actions as "absolutely stupid" and the "most frustrating" part of the draw.

"That is the most frustrating part of today, for Douglas Luiz to almost successfully navigate his yellow suspension tightrope for 96 minutes and get all the way through. It was definitely a yellow card and a foul, no complaints at all from that point and it’s absolutely stupid. But why do it? What’s he doing?"

Douglas Luiz
Douglas Luiz / Catherine Ivill - AMA/GettyImages

After the game, Luiz appeared visibly disappointed with his actions, seemingly aware of the consequences of his late challenge. His absence will undoubtedly be felt by Villa, who will now have to rely on other players to step up and fill the void left by one of their key performers.

The midfielder's tenacity, work rate, and ability to break up play have been instrumental in Villa's success this season, and his suspension comes at an inopportune time for both the player and his club.

As the season enters its final stages, every point becomes crucial in the battle for Champions League spots. Aston Villa will need to regroup quickly and find a way to cope without Luiz as they aim to maintain their position in the top four and secure a place among Europe's elite next season.

Villa's inability to hold onto their lead, coupled with Luiz's costly yellow card, has left the club in a precarious position. Manager Unai Emery will now have to rally his troops and find a way to navigate the next two games without one of his most trusted lieutenants.