Ian Wright has expressed disbelief towards Micah Richards after the Aston Villa captain decided to take issue with his comments on BBC’s Match of the Day.
Wright slated Richards’ defending during Villa’s 2-0 defeat to Norwich City, and accused the England international of lacking effort.
“People are saying that Villa will go down and when you look at this [their defending against Norwich], you have to say they are right,” Wright said.
“When you look at Micah Richards for the first goal, he has to do more.
“It’s just slack. He’s the captain - he’s got to make more of an effort. These are the reasons why they’re going down.”
Richards reacted angrily to the comments, as reported by HITC, suggesting that Wright was wrong to single him out for criticism.
The former Manchester City man took particular umbrage, with Wright’s accusation that he was putting in a lack of effort and he called the former Arsenal striker out on Twitter yesterday.
Wright has now responded to those messages, stating that Richards should be focussing on Villa’s league position, rather than his criticism.
@MicahRichards Acceptance! You're worried about me mentioning the captaincy! Villa are bottom and that's what you're focussing on !— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) December 30, 2015
@MicahRichards let's not do this on here big man, we go back. You know how to reach me.— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) December 30, 2015
Villa have failed to win any of their last 18 Premier League matches, and they already look doomed.
The Claret and Blues are 11 points away from safety, and only a drastic improvement in the second half of the season will give them any chance of retaining their Premier League status.