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Jose Mourinho and Andre Villas-Boas have both criticised the Villans' tactics this season but the Scot is adamant that it is unfair to portray his side in a bad light

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has hit back at claims that his side only play long-ball football.

The Villans have come in for criticism this season for their style of play, with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho among those to question their tactics after a 2-1 victory over Lambert's side in August.

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Those sentiments were echoed by Tottenham coach Andre Villas-Boas after the London club came through their Capital One Cup third-round clash with a 4-0 win on Tuesday but the Scot was not happy with either manager's comments and, ahead of the Premier League fixture with Manchester City on Saturday, claims that his side merely play to their strengths.

"It's detrimental to say things like that," Lambert told the press.

"If you look at your stats, how many long balls Chelsea played against us, I'm pretty sure we weren't ahead of them.

"We might play a long pass but we don't just kick it up front and hope for the best. It's not right to say that about us. We try to pass it and try to play football in the right way."

Villa face City hoping to record back-to-back Premier League victories following their triumph over Norwich at Carrow Road last time out.

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