How can my midfield bully anyone? – Lambert responds to Villa's purported Arsenal tactics

Aston Villa players have been subjected to reports of rough tactics employed against Arsenal on the weekend but manager Paul Lambert has dismissed them out of hand.

Aston Villa players have been subjected to reports of rough tactics employed against Arsenal on the weekend but manager Paul Lambert has dismissed them out of hand.

It is believed that Villa’s side tried to impede the Gunners ball players during their 3-1 away win at the Emirates Stadium but Lambert couldn’t see how his diminutive midfielders could upset the apple cart.

"Have you seen my midfield? They're all about 5ft 4ins. How can they bully anybody? They're footballers. I don't think I've got a dirty player in my side," he said.

"We never bullied anybody. We played hard and fair. We'd never intentionally kick anybody at all. I don't have the players for that and we don't play that way.

"Football is a physical game, you've got to be prepared to go into tackles and be prepared to get hurt at certain times but as long as it's not over the top, you've got to be prepared to press people when you can.

"We'll give it a go, like we did on Saturday. All you can ask is that we go down and give a good account of ourselves. We're ready for it, confidence is really high after what happened at Arsenal and we'll go down there and give it a right go."

 

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