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We lean on Ashley Young - Steven Gerrard

Sun 21 November 2021 | 13:35

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard will continue to look at Ashley Young to set the standard after the winger helped the Lions win on Saturday.

I know

Ashley

extremely well and he’s been absolutely outstanding since we walked through the door. Not just on the training pitch but his leadership and standard-setting,

” said Gerrard.

“We see players like him as an outer-layer of the staff, if you like, who really help us when we need to lean on him.

“He was ready and the big thing about Ash is he can play right-back, left-back, he can play as an eight, a 10 or wide. That’s what good players allow you to do as a manager, allow you to play in different ways.”

Villa

’s win on Saturday was their first win after six consecutive Premier League defeats, but Gerrard believes the team needs to improve.

“We need to go and back it up now,”

he said

. “It’s only three points, it’s only a start. There are areas we can improve and grow and more weeks on the training pitch in the weeks and months will make us better and make us stronger.”

Before

Watkins

scored the opening goal in the 84th minute, the visitors had several good chances to score, but five minutes later Mings scored the second goal for Aston Villa to give the home side three points. Brighton have not won in their last 7 games, including 5 draws, and boss Graham Potter insists his team must learn how to win.

If you look at the games we have played, we’ve played Liverpool, Arsenal, Crystal Palace away, that is a local derby for us, so there is a bit of context there

,” said Potter.

“But it was the same a little bit last year, we drew a lot but we didn’t lose too many. It is taking that next step, that is the challenge for us as a team. You can see the performance, you can see what we want to do. The next step is how do we turn that into wins?

“I don’t want to be disrespectful to Aston Villa. They are a good Premier League side with good players and they are fighting for the points.

“It was Steven’s first game, there’s a lot of motivation around, so they are not going to give up and give it to you easily but clearly that is where we need to make the next step.”

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