Steven Gerrard revealed he felt excitement, relief, and pride after Aston Villa beat Brighton 2-0 for his winning debut as manager. With the match heading for a goalless draw, Ollie Watkins broke the deadlock in the 84th minute before Tyrone Mings smashed home to put the game to bed in the 88th minute. The win halted Villa’s run of five straight defeats. Later Gerrard said that wins like this were what he missed most from his playing career.

“It’s a mixture of excitement, relief, pride really. Because I can’t be any more proud of the players.” Aston Villa head coach Steven Gerrard said. “Some were only around for a couple of days in the week, everything we asked them to do in the main they followed the structure and delivered a really good performance in the end. These are the buzzes, the highs you miss as a player. That is the reason I wanted to stay in the game. It is my medicine if you like. I love winning, I love competing, I love seeing players happy, smiling, feeling good about themselves.”

“We were a bit tense at times today, it wasn’t all perfect, it was understandable that the players and crowd were a bit nervous,” he added. “I think you’re trying to control your emotions. You’re kicking every ball. I want to be there on the side of my players. I want to coach from the side. I want them to see me. I want to be visible. I want to help them, guide them, so they carry a game plan out. Inside me is what was inside me as a player. That will to win. That drive and the energy.”

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