The defender admits it was tough playing against his old side for the first time since leaving in the summer.
That was a positive start to Remi Garde’s reign at Villa Park, with him taking charge for the first time since replacing Tim Sherwood in the hot seat earlier in the week.
And Richards was full of praise for his side and the desire they showed to fight for each other, saying it was a massive draw for the side.
“We have been playing well and we have deserved more than four points,” he told Sky Sports.
“Today is a massive draw for us. The lads were outstanding and we fought for each other.”
Aside from it being Garde’s first in charge at Villa Park, the game was a special one for Richards as he came up against his old side for the first time since leaving in the summer.
The defender was a part of the City setup from age fourteen, rising through the ranks to play regularly in their first team before falling by the wayside as a number of high profile signings limited his opportunities.
He left in the summer to join Villa on a free transfer and he admitted it was tough for him personally but he is very much now a Villa man.
“It was tough playing against City,” he added.
“I was there at 14 and I had mixed emotions. I always want City to do well but I am a Villa man now. The new manager has come in and organised us. He has done well.”