McLeish: Gunners conned Hutton

Hutton lost his discipline in being yellow carded twice in the
space of two minutes after a flare-up with Robin van Persie and
then for bringing down Thomas Vermaelen. Van Persie was then
spotted waving at Hutton after he had been given his marching
orders by referee Jonathan May, and the full-back will now miss
Villa’s Boxing Day clash at Stoke through suspension. McLeish said:
“I thought Alan was great, really terrific last night. Although it
didn’t cost us the game, it was a shame to see him getting sent off
after such a good performance. “Van Persie was waving to him as he
went down the tunnel. They conned him. Alan was conned and he
should be experienced enough to just laugh in his face and walk
away. “He was disappointed in himself. He texted me last night and
he was apologetic. He was probably trying to get out of the fine!
“Maybe the Arsenal player lured him into it but I didn’t think he’d
get conned like that, but there you go.” But McLeish insists he has
no issue with Van Persie over Hutton’s red card. When asked if that
side of Van Persie’s game disappointed him, the Villa boss said:
“No, you’ve got to do what you can for your team. What it is, is
being streetwise. “If you’re winding someone up and they get sent
off – and you’ve reduced the opposition’s resources and your team
wins – you’ve done a good job.” McLeish believes there is still
more to come from Hutton, who played for him with Rangers and
Scotland, after his summer move from Tottenham. He said: “I think
there is more to see from him. He strides forward. He had some
phenomenal performances for Scotland during the World Cup and
European Championship runs. “He was oustanding against the Italians
and French. We saw some of those runs forward last night. “He is in
really good form and he even matched Craig Bellamy (of Liverpool)
the other night. He got on the wrong side of Bellamy a couple of
times but he got back to him. “He has great recovery pace and he’s
a big presence.”