Aston Villa's Micah Richards responds to Ian Wright's criticism on Twitter

Aston Villa were beaten 2-0 by Norwich City yesterday to leave them 11 points away from safety.

Ian Wright criticised Aston Villa defender Micah Richards for being slack with his defending against Norwich City on BBC's Match of the Day but he has struck back.

Villa were beaten 2-0 at Carrow Road yesterday, and Wright held Richards accountable for the first goal that his side conceded in the fixture.

Johnny Howson put Norwich in front against Villa, and the former Arsenal striker claimed that Richards had to make more effort to try and stop the shot.

“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 responded to Wright’s criticism on social media site Twitter this morning.

The England international defender was furious after hearing Wright’s analysis, and seemed at a loss as to why he was being singled out.

Villa’s loss to Norwich has left them 11 points away from safety, and they have now played 18 Premier League matches without tasting victory.

The Claret and Blues’ form is shocking, and Alan Shearer also told Match of the day that he felt the Midlands outfit were doomed.

“If that goal was bad, look at the lack of reaction from [Kieran] Richardson [for the second],” Shearer said.

“[Ciaran] Clark’s in a terrible position, he doesn’t know where Mbokani is, and that is the reason why Villa are going to be releated.

“They’re not tracking back and they’re cheating - it really is, they’re not prepared to put a shift in.”

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