Aston Villa Beat Brentford…Was Steven Gerrard the Problem?

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Aston Villa took everyone by surprise after beating 10th placed Brentford in the Premier League a few days after the sacking of their manager, Steven Gerrard.

Aston Villa defeated Brentford by four goals to nil, securing two goals in the first 10 minutes. At the end of the first half, it was already three nil.

The team came out in the second half with the same strength and ability, and they compounded Brentford’s woes by scoring another goal before the end of the second half.

Leon Bailly celebrating after scoring excellent goal

Aston Villa won the game in all aspects and the three points moved the club from 17th position in the Premier League table to 14th position. They now have 12 points from 12 matches so far this season.

This has been the best performance by the Aston Villa players this season. In previous matches, they have failed to play with high intensity, defend well, hit the ball on the counter and gain possession.

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How Aston Villa Struggled Under Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard Aston Villa’s performance was so bad that fans were disgusted with their players. Gerrard, who was really backed by the Aston Villa owners, failed to bring the team together.

Players like Ollie Watkins, Danny Ings, and many more failed to convert their chances. The defenders keep committing mistakes, which are not acceptable.

The players felt dejected and couldn’t believe they were going down. Aston Villa were sitting one point off relegation before the sacking of Steven Gerrard. They lost six matches, drew three and won just two out of 11 matches.

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Ings smiles after scoring the second penalty

Villa’s lack of goals has been a huge problem this season, having scored just twice in the same match and just once in 11 league attempts.

In fact, they remain the fourth-lowest scorers in the English top flight this season, netting a total of 11 Premier League goals in 12 games.

Steven Gerrard was sacked after an embarrassing defeat to Fulham last week. He is now the fourth manager to get sacked in the Premier League this season after Bruno Lage was sacked by Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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Ivan Toney and Mings

How Aston Villa Have Improved Under The Caretaker Manager

Aaron Danks made some impressive decisions which include among many putting on bench Aston Villa captain John McGinn against Brentford on October 23, 2022. Aston Villa now looks like a top team again.

They were very fast at regaining the ball, kept possession all through the game and took their chances very well. The Aston Villa defenders were also composed and didn’t give any room for attackers to disturb the goalkeeper. We are looking forward to seeing how Aston Villa will play when they come against Newcastle United on October 29.

Was Steven Gerrard The Problem at Aston Villa?

From all indications, Steven Gerrard was not the problem at Aston Villa, but the player’s attitude towards his tactics. Steven Gerrard was accused of dividing the dressing room by stripping the captaincy off Tyrone Mings and giving it to McGinn.

They all turned up for the new manager and played as if they had never played before.

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