Exclusive: Hutton reveals what Villa players really think of Bamford after infamous Leeds dive

Alan Hutton has revealed Aston Villa stars were unimpressed by Patrick Bamford’s infamous antics during the stormy 1-1 draw against Leeds United in April.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Villa defender how his former teammates were enraged by Bamford’s actions at the time but have now moved on.

Bamford was handed a retrospective two-match ban for his role in getting Villa winger Anwar El Ghazi sent off in the second half during the Championship clash between the two sides.

The striker fell to the floor clutching his face following a brawl that ensued after Mateusz Klich’s controversial opening goal in the 1-1 draw at Elland Road.

Replays showed that there had clearly been no contact with Bamford before referee Stuart Attwell handed the Dutch forward his marching orders.

“I don’t know if opinion (of him) dropped, you see it so often,” Hutton told Football Insider. “People call it a dive and it is a dive but sometimes people move their body across to feel contact or they leave a leg dangling or whatever, that’s one thing.

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“If you go down holding your face it’s more annoying than anything because you’re trying to affect the game in a way it probably shouldn’t. It’s difficult but I think after time you just move on.”

Bamford has subsequently revealed his regret over the incident that led to a two-game ban, including the first leg of the Championship play-off semi-finals against Derby County.

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