Agbonlahor cites Jose Mourinho as Aston Villa leave manager 'crying' after BBC reveal
Opposition teams can have no complaints with Aston Villa and their time-wasting tactics, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, Aston Villa’s record Premier League goalscorer cited Jose Mourinho’s antics as Roberto De Zerbi was left “crying” after their 2-1 defeat to Villa last week (13 November).
Aston Villa received seven yellow cards at the Amex including four after the 84th minute.
It was the most a team had been shown in a Premier League game since Tottenham’s nine in the Battle of Bridge in May 2016.
De Zerbi told BBC Sport after the game that Villa’s time-wasting was “not fair”.
“It was a top performance against Brighton,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.
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“The players showed fight and it was very good game management.
“Every team does it when it suits them. If Brighton were beating Aston Villa at Villa Park, they’d probably do the same thing.
“Managers cry about it but it’s football. Spanish teams and south American teams have done it for years.
“They keep going down, time waste, get the crowd angry and the players frustrated. It’s part of the game now.
“For me, it’s game management. You time waste and frustrate the other team.
“They weren’t afraid to go more defensive and hold onto the result. Sometimes you need that in a game. Jose Mourinho did that for years.
“He didn’t mind bringing on an extra defender or midfielder to get a result. He knew extra bodies would help like Ashley Young and [Ludwig] Augstinsson.
“It was just a good performance. Everyone was pressing well when they needed to. Defenders put their bodies on their line and midfielders were getting around the pitch.
“It was a commanding performance and not everyone goes to Brighton and get a win. The players and managers have got to take a lot of credit.
“Villa fans need to keep their feet on the ground. Sometimes you get a new manager bounce, we saw it when Gerrard came in and then there was no consistency.
“The next game, Liverpool at home, why can’t they go and win that? They are not the team they used to be.”