Steven Gerrard is the first manager to win his first two Premier League games at Villa since John Gregory’s win in March 1998. Steven Gerrard says Aston Villa still has room for improvement after securing his second coaching 2-1 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
After celebrating his debut as Villa manager a week ago after taking all three points against Brighton, the former Liverpool captain rejoiced again when Matt Targett lowered Ashley Young through a lot of bodies in the corner.
While Palace tried to make some saves in the final leg of the second half, John McGinn froze a beautiful shot from the edge of the box to the top corner to double the guests’ advantage during the football match. Palace managed to snatch a late consolation through Marc Guehi during extra time, but this was not enough to deny Villa.
Palace probably should have scored another goal after Wilfried Zaha, but some of Villa’s fine goalkeeping kept the visitors in the game. The Eagles saw a great opportunity to equalize after a denied break when referee Michael Salisbury whistled an amazing foul on Zaha and missed the advantage created by Christian Benteke and Conor Gallagher.
Villa had a great opportunity to score another goal in 10 minutes into the match but fired just above the crossbar. Aston Villa is moved to 11th place after this win, with Crystal Palace in 10th place. Gerrard will face Pep Guardiola when champions Manchester City travel to Villa Park on Wednesday.
Gerrard, who replaced Dean Smith as Villa manager earlier this month, said: “We had a great first-half performance. I thought we were first in many departments, but I knew we had to roll up our sleeves in the second half because Patrick would make the change. It was a great performance on the road and I am very excited to score six out of six. till now.”
Gerard added, “We know it will be difficult, but we will give the best chance. We are happy with the start we have made, but there is still a lot of work to be done.”