Agbonlahor swipes at Mings and Aston Villa teammate after season-ending news

Gabby Agbonlahor has insisted Matty Cash’s season-ending tackle on Matty Doherty as Aston Villa lost 4-0 to Tottenham on Saturday (9 April) was just bad luck.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Aston Villa’s record Premier League goalscorer criticised Cash for not showing that physicality in his side’s defensive third.

The right-back brought down Doherty after just 20 minutes and reported on Sunday (10 April) he will now miss the rest of the campaign with a knee injury.

Ex-Premier League referee Keith Hackett also told Football Insider on Monday (11 April) Tyrone Mings was guilty of a red card offence for a similar tackle on Dejan Kulusevski.

“Doing that in those areas doesn’t really matter,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“I’m looking at Villa defending at the edge of and in the box. Players are receiving the ball on the edge of the box and turning easily.

“For instance, if you look at the Kulusevski goal, it shouldn’t be that easy to get a shot off. One of Son’s goals, he ran through so easily and then the hat-trick goal he’s unmarked in the box when Villa have got numbers back.

“We are becoming very easy to play against, that’s the problem.

“The Mings and Cash tackles they were fine for me, good tackles. You want them to be more physical and make the right challenges in and around the box.

“Doherty is a very good player. He didn’t do very well under Mourinho or Nuno but we were starting to see the Doherty we’d seen at Wolves and why they bought him.

“It happens, Matty Cash tried to get the ball. That’s football, you can be unlucky at times.”


By: Gabriel Agbonlahor
Title: Agbonlahor swipes at Mings and Aston Villa teammate after season-ending news
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Published Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000