James Chester has joked – through gritted teeth perhaps – that he knew exactly what was happening when he conceded a 90th-minute penalty at Luton on Saturday.
Chester was trying to clear the ball at Kenilworth Road when Callum McManaman darted across him and made sure he went to ground to win a penalty for Luton’s late equaliser.
To which Chester replied: “I’m glad you’re in my corner, Charlie.
“I played with Callum (at West Bromwich Albion) and know him quite well, so I’ve seen that one plenty of times!”
Chester was speaking just after Aston Villa’s League Cup final defeat to Manchester City and was also asked about the sight of Jack Grealish lying disconsolate on the Wembley turf.
Chester, a team-mate until leaving Villa for Stoke last month, said: “I’m not sure that’s particularly unusual for Jack.
“He’s a born winner. He loves winning games, whether that’s in training or in matches like today.
“The moaning, you’ll see in training if he doesn’t get a decision is probably the worst I’ve seen if I’m honest.
“That’s just the way he is. He’s a huge, huge Aston Villa fan, so today’s result will hurt him more than anybody.”
As for Chester, he must hope that Stoke manager Michael O’Neill sees Saturday’s penalty incident the same way ahead of his selection for Saturday’s crucial home game against Hull.