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Jack Grealish was seen clashing with Burnley coach Ian Woan after Aston Villa’s dramatic 3-2 defeat at Turf Moor on Wednesday night.
Villa were handed their seventh loss of the season having twice taken the lead in Lancashire, with Ollie Watkins firing them in front after 14 minutes.
Ben Mee headed the hosts level seven minutes into the second half, before Grealish edged Dean Smith’s back in front 20 minutes from time.
Yet in a sensational late turnaround, Dwight McNeil’s deflected cross trickled past Emiliano Martinez and into the back of the net eight minutes later to level proceedings for a second time.
And three minutes after that equaliser, Martinez was unable to prevent a Chris Wood header from clipping the inside of his post and rolling into the back of the net.
Villa, who were 10 points clear of Burnley up in ninth heading into their clash with Sean Dyche’s men, were left shellshocked after throwing away three points in the space of 180 seconds.
Grealish was visibly seething at the full-time whistle and could even be seen rowing with Woan as they left the field.
Villa substitute Ahmed Elmohamady acted as peacemaker and pulled his team-mate away from the Clarets coach, before Dean Smith intervened to try and calm his star man down.
As Smith steps in, Grealish even appears to gesture angrily at his manager, who simply turns away and laughs.
It remains unclear why the England ace was rowing with Woan in the first place, though Smith was in an equally frustrated mood after watching his side collapse late on.
“The game should’ve been over at half time, the chances that we created, they were quality chances,” he told BBC’s Match of the Day.
“[Nick Pope] has made some really good saves but the game should've been out of sight. I’ve just said to the players, it’s very tough to win any game in this league and we have started the season so well but you can’t get three points the way we played tonight.
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“We didn’t do the basics well enough in the second half. They were a bit fortunate with the second goal but no excuses. The defending from the set-piece for the first goal wasn’t good enough, then they just put a hopefull ball into the box and we didn’t defend it well enough.
“With the mentality of these players, I’m disappointed tonight because that’s an opportunity wasted. I don’t take plusses from this game at all. We did enough to get the points, so not happy.”
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