Aston Villa's Tyrone Mings makes brutal comments ahead of Leicester City clash
Latest Leicester City news as Aston Villa centre-back makes demand ahead of clash
Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings says his side needs to correct their recent mistakes in the Premier League meeting with Leicester City on Saturday, April 23 (3pm).
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The Villans are winless in their last four games, having conceded nine goals in the process. Most of those goals have been "poor" says Mings.
"As a defence, we have to look at not conceding such poor goals," Mings told Villa's club media. "The league is hard enough and unforgiving enough without us giving the opposition a leg up or a goal advantage.
"We want to be better in both boxes. Both attacking-wise and defending, we have to be more ruthless and more clinical.
"I don’t say that to single out the attackers, I say that as a team we need to serve the attackers better and get them some good goalscoring opportunities. As defenders, we need to keep the ball out of our net way more than we have been doing."
On the possibility of completing the double over the Foxes after a 2-1 win at Villa Park back in December, Mings added: "When you’re talking about these local games, while it’s not a direct derby, it’s certainly one that we want to win.
"It’s certainly one that’s important to the fans; it’s certainly one that if we want to be the team right at the forefront of setting the standards in the Midlands, these are the games that we need to win and take seriously.
"We’re coming off the back of a really poor result in the Wolves game – I know it wasn’t the last match but it’s recent enough for us to still be hurting from it.
"The performance wasn’t anywhere near where it should have been; the level of fight and desire was nowhere near where it should have been. The players have a level of pride in playing for this club and have to be hurt by that. The only way to put that right is to go out and put in a good performance at Leicester."
Brendan Rodgers given Jamie Vardy injury boost ahead of Leicester City vs Aston Villa
Latest Leicester City news from LeicestershireLive as Jamie Vardy is set to return to training today after having injections for pain in his knee
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that striker Jamie Vardy will re-join training today (Thursday).
The striker has been out of the side for several weeks after suffering with a knee problem, which Rodgers now hopes will have been put to bed.
Vardy has been working hard with the medical team at the club's training ground after experiencing pain in his knee while striking the ball, though running has not been a problem. The former England striker finished his last course of injections last Tuesday and posted a video clip of himself sprinting at the training ground on social media platform Instagram yesterday.
Speaking after his side's 1-1 draw with Everton, Rodgers gave a promising update on his star striker. "He's looking good," Rodgers said. "He's joining the squad tomorrow (Thursday) for training, which is great news for us. He gives us that extra dimension at the top end of the field."
It is understood that this Saturday's game at home to Aston Villa for Vardy, though the striker can still have a large part to play in the closing games of the season. There is, of course, the huge Europa Conference League semi-final matches against Roma coming up, while City still have seven Premier League games to play.
After the match against Villa, attentions turn to Roma - with a difficult trip to Tottenham Hotspur sandwiched in between. Then there are games against Everton (H), Norwich City (H), Watford (A), Chelsea (A) and Southampton (H) to see out the Premier League campaign.