Ian Wright makes history on Match of the Day but Aston Villa fans left fuming with coverage of their win over Tottenham

IAN WRIGHT and Shaun Wright-Phillips made history when they became the first father-son duo on Match of the Day.

The couple caught up with presenter Gary Lineker, 62, on the BBC show last night to analyze the day’s Premier League action.

Ian Wright [R] and son Shaun Wright-Phillips [L] were both at the game of the day


Ian Wright [R] and son Shaun Wright-Phillips [L] were both at the game of the dayPhoto credit: BBC
They joined presenter Gary Lineker on the BBC show


They joined presenter Gary Lineker on the BBC showPhoto credit: BBC

Wright, 59, has been a regular on the show for years, while 41-year-old Wright-Phillips made his debut on the show.

The duo were confirmed in the lineup by Match of the Day earlier this week and many were excited at the prospect of seeing their momentum.

Throughout the show, Lineker endeavored to throw in as many jokes as possible during the “how.”

Former Barcelona and Tottenham striker introduced her by saying, “We have a Wright couple in the studio, Ian and Shaun. Welcome Shaun.”

The show began with an analysis of Leeds’ 2-2 draw with Newcastle at Elland Road.

The pair were unanimous in their opinion of the game, leading Lineker to state, “It’s nice when father and son agree.”

“It doesn’t always happen. I know from my own experience.”

One of the funniest moments came later in the show when Lineker revealed that Taiwo Awoniyi became the first player since 1995 to score a straight brace for Nottingham Forest in the Premier League.


And he joked to Shaun, “You were in diapers and he was teaching you to pee at that point.”

The pair shared a laugh before Lineker informed Shaun in 1995 that he was, in fact, 14 years old.

Wright jokes, “He was pretty young though! I remember!”

Wright-Phillips countered, “I’m actually tall right now!”

Another great moment was the coverage of Tottenham’s defeat at Villa Park by Aston Villa.

While Wright gave his Opinion When asked how Spurs should have exploited Villa’s high defensive line, his son cut him off.

Wright-Phillips said, “Dad, you’re only saying that because it’s Spurs, aren’t you?”

To which Wright replied, “Did you see the offsides? If you had made runs like that when you were young, you would be in serious trouble!”

However, Aston Villa fans were not impressed by the coverage of the Tottenham game


However, Aston Villa fans were not impressed by the coverage of the Tottenham gamePhoto credit: BBC

Which led to Lineker ending the argument by saying, “Let’s move on, we don’t want domestic workers! I can’t believe you said that!”

But Villa fans watching were furious at the coverage of their game as they argued the defense had improved significantly since Unai Emery arrived at the club.

One viewer tweeted: “Appalling analysis. Instead of praising the defensive top line (which has caught opposing teams more than 90 times since Emery took office), they instead criticize Spurs for not disclosing it and instead say Villa will eventually be found out.”

“New expertise required.”

A second said: “I thought the MOTD analysis was very bad. Villa controlled the game from start to finish and all they could talk about was our high line.”

A third wrote: “Wow… how lucky Villa was today. Didn’t deserve the win, just lucky Spurs were so bad.”

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“No mention of Villa playing well… kidding.”

A fourth added: “So Villa wins and all there is to talk about is the Spurs… typical.”

Zack Zwiezen

Zack Zwiezen is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Zack Zwiezen joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing zackzwiezen@ustimespost.com.

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