Garth Crooks critical of Aston Villa's Tyrone Mings during defeat at Palace

Tyrone Mings of Aston Villa

Aston Villa were unlucky not to walk away from Crystal Palace with a point on Saturday.

Tyrone Mings of Aston Villa gets tackled by Crystal Palace's Jordan Ayew

BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks was critical of Tyrone Mings' defending during Aston Villa's 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace as he claimed 'that wasn't England class'.

The 26-year-old recently earned his first call-up to England's national side, with manager Gareth Southgate seemingly impressed with the performances he is putting in at Villa Park.

But at the weekend, he allowed Palace forward Jordan Ayew to cut onto his right foot, as the former Villa player scored the only goal of what turned out to be a controversial game. 


Speaking to Final Score on BBC One (31/08/2019 at 4:35 pm), Crooks wasn't impressed with Mings' defending as he explained what he did wrong. 

"There's nothing unlucky about it [Ayew's goal]," Crooks told Final Score. "Mings has let him in! He [Ayew] turns, he facing Mings and Mings lets him in. You shut that door! You don't let him in. Once he's passed him, with a shot, it's over and that's what has happened.

"That wasn't England's class from Mings. It's a great move [from Palace]. But once Ayew gets into the box, turns in and Mings lets him in through into the box himself, it's over." 

Tyrone Mings of Aston Villa

There's no doubt that Mings will be disappointed in that passage of play against Palace, but since Villa's promotion to the Premier League, he has been outstanding. 

In actual fact, ever since he joined the club in January, he hasn't done much wrong for the Midlands outfit, who secured a permanent deal for Mings in the summer. 

Villa have three points from their opening four matches, but they will feel robbed of a point against Palace because referee Kevin Friend wrongly judged that Jack Grealish dived during the build-up to Henri Lansbury's last-minute goal over the weekend. 

Conor Hourihane and Henri Lansbury of Aston Villa speaks to match referee Kevin Friend following the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Aston Villa at Selhurst Park on August...

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