Perhaps we at the Org are getting old, but when Jack 'I can drive my Range Rooney Up Other People's exhausts' Grealish did a 'Salaesque' pirouette almost half a second after having been tackled in order to 'earn' his team a free kick from which they eventually scored, opinions about Villa's star man varied from preening ballerina to a lot worse.
Billy Bonds and others must look upon these modern day players will astonishment, there is no doubt that many of them are very talented, but the issue is that they are rewarded so well, at a young age, that they seem to lose all perspective. It is only human nature, if someone continuously tells another that they are special, the recipient of the praise will eventually believe it whole heartedly, and such is the case with Grealish and many others, his petulant 'chirping' to the referee during last night's victory over Villa was nauseating to say the least.
Apparently Big Mich Antonio was of the same opinion and made quite a determined effort at communicating that point to the perpetrator as well as to the match officials, in fact so incensed was the Hammers forward that his manager, David Moyes, took him off at half time! Yes the reason was also tactical, but Moyes knows his players well, and was of the opinion that Grealish, or one of his pals who's Lottery Winning life style is epitomised by their belief that they are above 'lesser mortals', would get Antonio sent off, and you know what? They probably would have!
Dean Smith, Villa's manager, is old school, however he does develop myopia when referring to his own team, inwardly he must cringe at some of his players' antics, but of course publicly he has to back them. Interestingly in his post match presser, Smith said how pleased he was that the team he manages came to the London Stadium and "should have won" to him that was THE achievement, not the result.
Having been the recipients of some appalling V.A.R decisions ever since it's introduction, Hammers were finally given the rub of the green in the dying minutes, and all the preening, posing, poncing and filibustering attempts by Villa to overturn the decision came to nothing, which is exactly what Jack and his pals left with, if you can't play football like a man, don't pretend you can! - Ed
PS: To criticise Declan Rice is taboo as we know, however he might want to reconsider some of his public praise for Grealish, who quite frankly is not worthy of his praise, Harry Kane, despite playing for Tottenham, does deserve Rice's praise, Grealish NOT.