Liverpool legend, Steven Gerrard has begun his management career in the English Premier League with a win after guiding Aston Villa to a 2-0 win over Brighton at Villa Park on Saturday.
Gerrard, who was employed this week after Villa paid his former employer, Rangers compensation was hoping o take his bow as a Premier League boss with a won and he finally got it. The game looked set to end in a goalless stalemate until his side broke from an 84th-minute Brighton corner.
Villa went the full length of the field as substitute Ashley Young sent Watkins running down the left wing, with the England forward cutting inside the box before delivering a smart finish beyond Jason Steele.
A minute from time, the hosts doubled their lead. Adam Webster’s attempt to clear John McGinn’s cross went straight to Mings, who finished at the first attempt.
Villa might have had a third but Steele did well to deny Leon Bailey in stoppage time.
The victory ended a run of five straight defeats for Villa. Gerrard took the applause from all sides of the ground before running down the tunnel in obvious delight.
After taking the applause of the home fans as he made his way to the dugout, it didn’t take Gerrard long to be claiming for every free-kick, booking or penalty that it was possible for his side to get in the first half of limited chances.
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