Richards chose to tweet Stan Collymore, a former striker and broadcaster heavily affiliated with Villa - and who isn't afraid to criticise the Midlands outfit.
During his post, the 27-year-old suggested Villa gave it their all against West Ham.
@StanCollymore you hammer us when we play bad which is sometimes justified but today the boys gave 100%! Utv— Micah Richards (@MicahRichards) December 26, 2015
The captain then replied to Collymore once again after the broadcaster admitted Villa gave 100 per cent against West Ham on Saturday afternoon.
@StanCollymore love that we can take the rough with smooth! we will fight to the end!— Micah Richards (@MicahRichards) December 26, 2015
The positives for Aston Villa are there to be seen. The Midlands outfit now have two draws in three and have cut the gap behind Sunderland to just four points.
But is Richards right to defend Villa when a home draw is the best they can hope for? Remi Garde's men are still a whole nine points off safety and the weeks without a Villa win keep piling up.
For West Ham, the point might be considered a disappointment. The Hammers led and now drop to ninth in the Premier League, having been overtaken by Liverpool following the Reds' 1-0 win over Leicester City.