Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has faced criticism for his actions during the club’s 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers, as reported by Birmingham Live.

The tricky 23-year-old won the free-kick that led to Villa’s dramatic equaliser but Rovers manager Tony Mowbray was unimpressed by the manner in which Grealish did so.

Former Celtic boss Mowbray claimed that the Villa man had ‘thrown his legs to the floor’ to encourage the referee to blow his whistle:

“I didn’t feel as if it was a free-kick, I think the boy has bought the free-kick. They were both shoulder to shoulder and he’s thrown his legs to the floor and got a free-kick when I thought the referee had to be a bit stronger.”

He also had this to say about the build up to the sickening late blow his side was dealt:

“I felt as though when they brought on Kodjia and had two 6’4” centre forwards in there the thing to do was to bring another centre half on and deal with the balls that were going to come in to our box.

“And I thought we were dealing with the balls that were coming into our box but I felt we were seeing the game out.”

Blackburn remained level on points with Steve Bruce’s side after the draw but ensured that pressure continued to pile on the Villa manager, whose side have underwhelmed in recent weeks.

Bruce and Grealish will be looking to ignore their critics tomorrow evening when Rotherham United visit Villa Park, with the Millers looking to leapfrog their Championship counterparts.

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