Aston Villa suffered their third straight Premier League loss on Saturday afternoon as they went down 2-0 at Southampton.
After the match, central defender Tyrone Mings admitted that his side ‘lacked fight’ against the Saints but would “figure it out behind closed doors”.
It was a rallying cry from the England international.
His words, though have not gone down terrifically with the Villa supporters, with many insisting that they want to see actions rather than comments.
As someone once said ‘words are cheap…’
— Pablo (@Pablo45911752) February 24, 2020
“The minimum requirement is to fight and battle and we didn’t do that”
It’s all very well and good saying it afterwards but why didn’t we do that? We should be fighting for every ball, flying into every tackle and be bang up for every game but we’re not
— James (@gortavfc) February 24, 2020
I’m done with words off the pitch. I want action on the pitch.
— Andy Lane (@andylane1967) February 24, 2020
That’s the minimum requirement for every game. From the first whistle of the season. Not just when you’re in with a very real chance of going down. Watford have tons of fight.
— Nick Nelson (@nelsonusm) February 24, 2020
Time to walk the walk guys !
— peter luckhurst (@peterluckhurst) February 24, 2020
Not all of the fans hated Mings’ comments, though, as one individual was pleased to hear something from one of their players during what has been a tough run.
Atleast he’s coming out and saying it, taking responsibility, unlike the radio silence back in 2015-16
— Gav1827 (@GV18271) February 24, 2020
Another supporter, though, called for the club’s players to refund those who travelled to St Mary’s for Saturday’s Premier League affair.
They should refund all the supporters that travelled to Southampton out of there own pockets.
— Rob nurser (@RobNurser) February 24, 2020
Next up for Dean Smith’s side is the small matter of the EFL Cup final against Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.
Villa’s next two in the Premier League are also extremely tough, meanwhile, as they will travel to Leicester City on March 9 before hosting Chelsea one week later.