Robinson shares bold Watkins verdict as Smith left fuming at Aston Villa

Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins was rightfully sent off against Manchester United.

That is the view of former Spurs and England number one Paul Robinson, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 25-year-old’s “very silly” decision to dive at Villa Park on Sunday.

Watkins was shown a second yellow when he went down under minimal contact from United goalkeeper Dean Henderson in yesterday’s 3-1 loss.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Villa manager Dean Smith fumed over the decision and pointed the finger at referee Chris Kavanagh and VAR official Jarred Gillett.

Aston Villa will now be without Watkins for the visit of Everton on Thursday as he serves a one-game suspension.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the incident, Robinson said:

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“It was a dive, 100 per cent.

“It was very silly of him given that he was on a yellow card. It was a silly decision from Watkins.

“You don’t want to see players do it but you also don’t want to see players getting sent off for it. Unfortunately, by the letter of the law it is a dive and a yellow card.

“I know he felt some contact but it was nowhere near enough to warrant that reaction. The referee was right and he deserved a second yellow.”

Speaking after the game, Smith told Sky Sports: “I think the penalty decision affected us more than them, they got the opportunity to go and score and got their second after.

“I have no idea [if it is the right decision], I don’t think anybody knows at the moment everybody is confused that Raheem Sterling can have four or five touches on his backside, go down, and not get a penalty, when we’ve got people at Stockley Park watching it again.”

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