Tyrone Mings made promise after Leeds United draw which saw him overcome major abuse to have ‘last laugh’ at Elland Road, says Athleticism.
The Aston Villa defender was the recipient of what The Athletic’s Phil Hay said about Twitter was the worst ‘massacre’ he had seen of the Elland Road crowd, in the visitor’s 3-0 win last night (Thursday March 10).
The England man had a nightmarish exit in the sides’ rollercoaster 3-3 draw at Villa Park in early February, but the nature of that result appears to have been the catalyst for his and his team’s improvement .
Gregg Evans writes in Athleticismin an article detailing Steven Gerrard’s response to the home draw: “Take Tyrone Mings, the captain who was at fault for at least two of Birmingham’s three goals.
“He had stayed off social media until last weekend as part of a promise to get his head down and get back into top shape.
‘A whipped Leeds crowd tore it to pieces with chants of ‘Tyrone Mings, he’s [expletive]ing [expletive]”.
“Leeds correspondent Phil Hay suggested no other individual had faced such relentless reprimands as he did during a ferocious 30-minute opener.
“But it was Mings who had the last laugh. The final chant of the evening came from the Villa supporters who sang: “He’s here, he’s there, he’s all-[expletive]ing-where. Who could argue that?”
Last month’s wild draw seemed to give the best indication of why United should be optimistic ahead of last night’s game.
White’s attacking display suggested an ability to reach Mings and company in defence.
And the switch from Marcelo Bielsa’s open system to Jesse Marsch’s more compact form should have meant that the weakness in Game 1 was addressed.
The American had spoken before the game about having a plan for Philippe Coutinho, who has been involved in all three Villains goals before, so lessons seemed to have been learned.
Instead, none of the positive changes were in effect at Elland Road from the house’s perspective, and in fact it was the visitors who had reacted correctly to the events of the previous meeting.
The Brazilian had way too much space to open the scoring again, and the England defender was in such good shape that he even landed an assist.
Virtually every reason for confidence was shattered last night, and Mings clearly enjoyed proving the white fans wrong.
It’s hard to see where the team is going unless there is a major improvement against Norwich.
In other Leeds United news, the manager appeared to react angrily to a fan’s actions during last night’s game.