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Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings calls out fans to apologise to El Ghazi following late winner

Aston Villa’s Tyrone Mings calls out his own club’s fans to apologise to El Ghazi following a late winner at Wolves this weekend.

It looks like the Midlands derby was heading for a goalless draw however Dean Smith’s side came up with a late winner as El Ghazi converted a stoppage time penalty for the Villians.

They claim all three points at Molineux to continue their impressive start to the season, with the result taking Villa up to 10th in the Premier League table.

However, a surprising moment after the match saw Mings go to his social media account to ask Villa fans to apologise to the match-winner after ‘berating and hounding’ him online.

The England international tweeted: ‘Good morning villains. I really hope all you who were berating and hounding El Ghazi enough to make him suspend his social media, are in his DM’s today, apologising. 

‘A team game utilises a WHOLE squad and we need everyone… may your apology be as loud as the disrespect.’

El Ghazi has been getting plenty criticism from his own fans after inconsistent performances have left him on the risk of not being picked for Dean Smith’s side at times.

El Ghazi however proved the doubters wrong, coming up against Wolves stopper Rui Patricio before sending him the wrong way to score the only goal of the West Midlands derby on Saturday.

And Tyrone Mings has not been the only outspoken person from Villa following the victory, as boss Smith took a swipe at the VAR officials. 

Halfway through the first half at Molineux, Aston Villa had a huge call for handball inside the penalty area, though after a VAR review, nothing was given, leaving many angry.

Jacob Ramsey tried to cut the ball back after a free-kick for Villa in a dangerous area and Romain Saiss appeared to use his arm to block the ball. 

Clearly enraged by the officials not giving his side a penalty, Smith hit out and accused the referees of ‘having their slippers on’.

‘He looks like he’s moved his body towards his arm with the ball so it should have been a penalty,’ the Villa boss said after the match.

‘I wouldn’t mind a job at Stockley Park just having their slippers on like they seem to have there. Unfortunately we didn’t get it.’ 

“It’s absolutely amazing,” said El Ghazi. “We worked hard for this match, we had the week off and we prepared very well in training. Everyone was on it and I think we deserved it because we showed a mentality that we didn’t have last season. This season we’ve got it. So we’re very happy.

“I try to do everything I can and if I can pay out on the hard work I’m doing then I’m very happy to help the club, the team and everyone else.

“Not much pressure, I practice a lot with shooting drills and penalties. Even if I’m not playing at the moment, I try to do my best in training as well. I practice a lot, if you practice a lot, it’s something you get used to, so I didn’t feel a lot of pressure.

“It was between Ollie and Jack and I appreciate Jack gave it to me. I think he would have taken it but he knew my capabilities at taking penalties. It shows he’s a really good guy to give it to me.”

Aston Villa have backed Tyrone Mings as he calls out fans to apologise to El Ghazi following the late winner.

Villa quoted Mings’ tweet with the phrase “this” while Ezri Konsa also showed Mings support.

Mings has demanded an apology from those whose abuse made the player decide to delete his account on the social media website in October after a Carabao Cup defeat to Stoke City. Henri Lansbury has also removed his profile.

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo told BT Sport after the game: “It’s always disappointing to [lose] a game where we played well, but that is more important. I haven’t seen the images of the penalty but in both boxes, the situations that were, the referee judged, the VAR saw it – we keep going.

“The first half was a very intense game with a lot of fouls, both teams very tight, and I think in the second half we controlled the game, created a lot of situations, had good chances, clear chances, and that’s what we will try to keep on growing in these aspects. We need to be more clinical.”

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith: “It’s a great result to come to Wolves, keep a clean sheet and get a win. We never really created big chances and when they countered and had spells of good pressure, we were indebted to our goalkeeper. It was a really good away performance from the whole team.

“That’s four clean sheets from five on the road, that’s been excellent for us, we know we can go anywhere and compete. We need to improve our home form but it feels like there are no home games at the moment with no fans there.

“He [Martinez] made a superb save late on, his one-handed save in the first half was very good too. That’s what we bought him in for, he’s a good goalkeeper, calm and composed and keeps the ball out of the back of the net.”

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