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Chris Brunt speaks out on crucial moment in Aston Villa play-off defeat

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West Brom midfielder Chris Brunt has apologised for the red card he picked up against Aston Villa and admitted he can have no complaints about the decision made by the ref.

The Albion skipper was fortunate to stay on in the first-half when he appeared to stamp on John McGinn right in front of Chris Kavanagh and he was then booked after the break for a late tackle.

Despite that hanging over him, Brunt inexplicably launched himself at McGinn again with ten minutes of normal time remaining and was then shown a second yellow, in what was a straightforward decision.

His teammates managed to hang on for the rest of normal time and they battled to penalties before Villa won the play-off semi final on spot-kicks, where the departed Brunt would’ve stepped up.

Surprisingly, given how he played last night anyway, that was the Northern Ireland internationals first red card for the club and he told the Express & Star how he is sorry for what happened.

Going down to 10 men has killed us, that’s obviously my fault. I apologise for that to everybody out there. I can’t have any arguments about the second yellow.

In 12 years, I haven’t been sent off once here. For it to be now is disappointing, I feel like I’ve let a few people down as well.”

The Verdict

The fact Albion managed to get to penalties slightly reduces the guilt Brunt will be feeling as it’s not like they were definitely going to win if he stayed on.

Nevertheless, it was a stupid second yellow and you don’t expect something like that from such an experienced player.

However, it’s happened now and Brunt will just have to use it as motivation next season as he hopes to stick around for another promotion push.

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