SENT off Carlos Carvalhal could only watch from the main stand as his ten-man Sheffield Wednesday side crumbled.
Carvalhal’s reaction to Vincent Sasso’s sending off three minutes into the second half was so long and outrageous he was ordered out of the dug-out by referee Lee Probert.
Wednesday’s boss didn’t know where to go – a bit like his team.
At one point Carvalhal went to sit in the Villa dugout until a steward escorted him to a seat in the stands.
But no-one sorted out Wednesday.
Jonathan Kodjia’s two goals destroyed them and Villa ought to have had more.
“It is the first time I have ever been sent off,” said Carvalhal.
“I spoke with the referee but I confirm I was not offensive with anybody. I did not use one single offensive word. I did not complain about nothing.
“He took the decision to send me off because I was out of the technical area. I just respect that.
“I do not talk usually about the decisions of the referee because it is not my job and I don’t talk about this.
“I repeat I said nothing offensive to the referee. I know the words in English, but I did not use them.”
It’s a dangerous time in the season to hit a slump and Wednesday will be out of the Championship’s play-off places if Fulham win on Tuesday night.
“Sheffield Wednesday have been in the top six for most of the past two years,” said Villa boss Steve Bruce.
“They are a good side, but I didn’t see my goalkeeper having to make many saves.
“I didn’t think Carvalhal was going to go. That would have been interesting. At one stage he was heading for our bench.
“Sasso’s tackle, in this day and age, I think he had to be red carded for that one. Luckily [Conor] Hourihane saw it coming and got out the way. I have to say I think the referee got it right.”
It was Bruce, as Hull manager, who beat Wednesday in last season’s Wembley play-off final and Carvalhal insists they are still on course again.
“We beat Norwich 5-1 last
THE ARTFUL KODJIA: Jonathan Kodjia celebrates with Conor Hourihane after scoring the first of his two goals, inset