WATCH: James Chester’s ‘heroic’ clearance off the line for Aston Villa

Is there such a thing as goal-line clearance of the season? If there is, then this is surely a contender…

Aston Villa defender James Chester produced a stunning clearance to prevent Bolton from levelling in their Sky Bet Championship encounter on Friday night.

Trailing 1-0 to Jack Grealish’s early opener, Jack Hobbs was convinced he had levelled for Bolton after his header looped back across goal.

The Bolton defender even had his hand in the air in celebration, but Chester came to the rescue for Villa, acrobatically hooking the ball away.

Villa’s Twitter account labelled it ‘heroic’, while Keith Andrews in the Sky Sports studio said: “Phenomenal. I don’t know how he hasn’t pulled his hamstring!”

Villa’s assistant manager John Terry will have watched on proudly, with the clearance evoking memories of the England defender’s last-ditch heroics against Ukraine at Euro 2012.

How good is Chester’s goal-line clearance? Tap on the video above to see for yourself

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