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Nicolo Zaniolo under fire as Phil Foden guns down Aston Villa

Nicolo Zaniolo and Morgan Rogers both came under fire for their role in the goal that set Manchester City on their way to victory over Aston Villa. Rodri handed City an early lead, but Jhon Duran played a one-two with Rogers to quickly fire Villa back on level terms at the Etihad. But Rogers and Zaniolo were criticised after Phil Foden – who went on to score a hat-trick in Villa’s eventual 4-1 defeat – re-established the hosts’ lead just before the break. READ | Nicolo Zaniolo wants ‘leading role’ at Aston Villa READ | Villa player ratings after 4-1 defeat at Man City His opening goal of the evening came from a free-kick just outside the Villa box, and two pundits were highly critical of the Villa wall. Paul Robinson, the former Tottenham and England goalkeeper, told BBC Radio 5 Live listeners: “Initially you watch and think, ‘How has that gone in? How has Robin Olsen got his wall so wrong?’ “But on a second look you see Nicolo Zaniolo and Morgan Rogers turn inwards and leave a gap for the ball to go through. The goalkeeper got his wall right, but the wall didn’t stand its ground. The keeper will be fuming.” His views were echoed by former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand on TNT Sports, who told viewers: “Look at Zaniolo in the wall. He jumps out of the wall and there will be an investigation in the changing room I’m sure. He will get a few words from the manager and the players for that.” Despite a sobering defeat for Unai Emery’s men, they remain in fourth place in the Premier League table, two points clear of Tottenham after the Londoners could only draw 1-1 at West Ham on Tuesday. However, Spurs do have a game in hand on Villa that could yet helped decide who is playing in Europe’s elite competition next season. Who was your Villa man of the match at the Etihad? Tell us HERE

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