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 lightAston 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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"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.