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‘Winning is my medicine’ – Gerrard enjoys first win with Villa

Sat 20 November 2021 | 20:01

Steven Gerrard has said victories work like medicine for him after he celebrated his first match as Aston Villa manager with a 2-0 win over Brighton.

Gerrard

took charge of his first

Villa

match after leaving the Scottish champions

Rangers

during the international break to replace

Dean Smith

and he got off to a good start with a 2-0 victory over

Brighton

on Saturday, thanks to late goals from

Ollie Watkins

and

Tyrone Mings

.

Gerrard was happy with his side’s performance after the game, admitting wins like these work like "medicine" for what he misses from his playing days.

"It's a mixture of excitement, relief, pride really. Because I can't be any more proud of the players. Some were only around for a couple 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.

"I think you're trying to control your emotions. You're kicking every ball. I want to be there on the side for 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.

"You should see me in staff games, five or six-a-side, I want to win, I tell you. I hate losing."

Aston Villa are next in action against

Crystal Palace

at Selhurst Park on Saturday, while Brighton play

Leeds United

at home on the same day.


source: SportMob

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