‘Desperation’ – Tyrone Mings makes glaring Aston Villa admission after Arsenal defeat
Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings admits ‘something needs to change’ as mistakes punished Dean Smith’s side yet again at Arsenal.
With Villa 1-0 up thanks to John McGinn and the Gunners down to 10 men after just 41 minutes, the claret and blues once again hit the self-destruct button.
At Spurs on the opening day, Jack Grealish’s error was punished to let Tottenham back in while, a week after that, Tom Heaton’s moment of madness after 46 seconds against Bournemouth ultimately cost Villa. At Palace, an error led to Jordan Ayew’s winner while, last week, Villa failed to get the better of 10-man West Ham – and did so again against Arsenal, only worse after twice seeing their lead evaporate before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made them pay.
Mings, meanwhile, had a moment to forget, all too causally attempting a headed pass to Neil Taylor a yard away from him – before Callum Chambers gobbled the ball up before lifting it over Heaton to give Arsenal momentum to get the winner.
Speaking after the game, Mings said: “We were good at times but it feels like when we go ahead there is desperation to hold onto the lead rather than going and getting another goal and really being ruthless.
“I don’t know what it is at the moment but something needs to change, especially when we go either ahead or have a man advantage. It seems to have the opposite effect.
“I don’t know what it is at the moment but something needs to change. Maybe it’s a mentality thing. Maybe we need to work on certain things. We’re professional footballers who have played in the Premier League.
“We know that we should have done the same things as we did in the first half that got us into the lead.
“The manager didn’t really give us a message but we should have been able to troubleshoot on the pitch. We’re a pressing team and we like to go and press. We just stopped doing that.
“As a team we need to be a bit braver and go and stop teams higher up the pitch, especially with a man advantage. But we said the same after Tottenham when we appeared to drop off so it’s a tough one to take.
“I don’t question the group of lads that we’ve got one bit. There’s just certain elements of our game – and when certain things happen – it seems to affect us in a negative way, rather than a positive.
“The mentality we have has got us into the lead on two occasions. It’s a natural thing to drop off when we’ve got a goal, but we need to start doing what we did when we got into the lead in the first place. It’s been our downfall.”