EPL: Winning Start for Gerrard as Aston Villa Coach

EPL: Winning Start for Gerrard as Aston Villa Coach

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard started his managerial job as Aston Villa coach with victory over Brighton.

Ollie Watkins and Tyrone Mings scored in the final six minutes to hand Gerrard a positive welcome since joining Aston Villa from Scottish Premier League champions Glasgow Rangers a week ago.

The victory ended a run of five straight defeats for Villa, with Gerrard taking applause from all sides of the ground before running down the tunnel in obvious delight.

Gerrard’s bow as a Premier League boss 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 got their second as Adam Webster’s attempt to clear John McGinn’s cross went straight to Mings, who finished at the first attempt.