Late Villa show gets Gerrard off to winning start

Steven Gerrard’s Premier League managerial career got off to a winning start as Aston Villa’s late show gave them a 2-0 victory over Brighton.

After a tight first 84 minutes, Villa broke the deadlock through Ollie Watkins’ excellent finish, having cut in from the left, before centre-back Tyrone Mings smashed home a second from an angle (88).

Both goalkeepers were tested in the first half – Matt Cash forced Jason Steele into a stop from a header, while Emi Martinez denied both Leandro Trossard and Tariq Lamptey.

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Image: Steven Gerrard enjoyed a winning start as Villa boss

The hosts were solid yet uninspiring in front of a packed Villa Park, but they turned it on late in the game to give Gerrard a winning start and end Villa’s run of five straight defeats.

Brighton are now without a win in seven in the Premier League after winning four of their first five.

Full report to follow

What’s next?

Live: SNF

Saturday 27th November 5:00pm

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Villa now go to Crystal Palace at 3pm on Saturday in the Premier League, while Brighton host Leeds at 5.30pm on Saturday Night Football, live on Sky Sports Premier League.

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