Steven Gerrard got off to a winning start as Aston Villa manager with a 2 – 0 win over Brighton on Saturday.
An Ollie Watkins goal in the 84th minute was followed by a Tyrone Mings goal in the 88th minute to seal a nervy victory.
It ended Aston Villa’s run of five consecutive losses, a much need tonic heading in to a busy Christmas period.
“It’s a mixture of excitement, relief, pride really, Steven Gerrard said. 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, 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.”