Steven Gerrard got his Premier League managerial career off to a winning start with one of the comfortable football results of the weekend in the Premier League. It was a tight game with both sides not creating much. Villa had to wait until the 84th minute to take the lead with Ollie Watkins scoring with an excellent finish. Tyrone Mings doubled their advantage with one minute of regulation time left.

Player Ratings

Aston Villa: Martinez (7), Cash (7), Konsa (7), Mings (7), Targett (6), Nakamba (6), McGinn (7), Ramsey (6), Buendia (5), Watkins (7), Ings (5)
Subs: Bailey (6), Young (7), El Ghazi (NA)

Brighton: Steele (7), Lamptey (7), Webster (6), Dunk (6), Duffy (6), Cucurella (6), Moder (5), Bissouma (6), Lallana (5), Gross (5), Trossard (5)
Subs: March (5), Maupay (NA), Mac Allister (NA)

Man of the match: John McGinn

Managers Reaction 

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard: “A mixture of excitement, relief, pride really. Because I can’t be any more proud of the players.” he added. “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.”

Brighton boss Graham Potter: “We can take positives from the performance up to 83 minutes, I thought we were the better team and played the role well here.” he added. “We gave ourselves a chance to win, but ultimately we didn’t score. I thought we created better chances in a game of relatively few chances. They were hard to play against, hard to beat, and kept working, as you’d expect on the first day with a new manager. I think we created some decent chances.”

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