Toughest time of his career - Jermaine Jenas slams Everton senior player after loss v Lyon
By Danny Wright
BT Sport pundit Jermaine Jenas has slammed Everton defender Ashley Williams for ‘losing control’ during his side’s Europa League loss against Lyon on Thursday night.
Williams, 33, sparked a second-half flashpoint by shoving Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes into the advertising hoardings, which lead to a mass melee which involved almost all players as well as some fans.
Strangley, the Welsh international was only shown a yellow card despite replays appearing to show him punching a visiting player.
Such is football, the centre-back scored an equaliser for Everton four minutes after he was booked for the incident, however it didn’t impact the final result as Ronald Koeman’s side fell to a 2-1 defeat to the Ligue 1 side.
After the game, Jenas slammed Williams for not showing a bit more restraint in what he believes has been a very tough few weeks for the ex-Swansea ace.
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“The last couple of weeks will go down as the toughest weeks of his career,” said Jenas during BT Sport’s post-match coverage on Thursday night, as shown on BT Sport Football’s official Twitter account.
“Getting knocked out [of World Cup qualifying] with Wales in the way that they did, a lot of that fell on his shoulders, in terms of the way they went out.
“He was captain tonight [Thursday] and the pressure Everton are going through, it seemed to me like that all came together and he lost control at one specific moment.”
— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) October 19, 2017
Senior player Williams has been ever-present this term but has done little to prove that he is capable of playing for one of the Premier League’s top sides with a series of calamitous displays.
He has made 14 appearances across all competitions, but was dropped to the bench last week in the 1-1 draw with Brighton in what was the first non-start he had in the league.