Stan Collymore: Aston Villa are betraying their tradition

Trinity Road Stand - Aston Villa

The former Villa striker is worried by the club's current plight - and their approach to it.

Stan Collymore says Paul Lambert and Randy Lerner must do better as they are betraying Aston Villa's tradition.

The former Villa striker was frustrated with the Premier League side's approach to their 1-1 draw with Southampton on Monday, a feeling shared by many supporters.

Lambert's side played in front of a low crowd and appeared to want to defend for their lives at home, instead of playing to entertain - as Collymore says is their tradition.

In a passage named 'Aston Villa are betraying their tradition,' Collymore wrote in the Bleacher Report:

"My old club Villa are celebrating their 140th anniversary but we played in front of a really low crowd against Southampton on Monday (25,311) and the mood around the club is a depressing one right now.

"I tried to be positive but I'm really struggling to see what Villa are all about these days. All I'm seeing them do is have a short spell on the counter-attack and spend the rest of the game on the edge of their penalty box.

"I want to see this club entertain and play to their tradition. Something needs to change and both Paul Lambert and Randy Lerner need to do better."

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