The former Rangers boss was pitched as Dean Smith’s successor when Villa saw fit to sack their previous manager following poor results that culminated in his exit at the start of the November international break.
Villa had lost all five of their Premier League games before the hiatus, but following Gerrard’s appointment, Villa won their first game since September over the weekend, in a 2–0 win over Brighton at Villa Park.
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and Watkins told BBC After the win: “It was good. I try and do it every now and then in training and luckily it went away today. It was a good feeling to score my first goal in front of Holte End.
“Brighton should have 65% possession – they are a very good team and control the game. It was difficult for us as it was the first game after some results. After losing a 2-0 lead against Wolves in the second week Nice to see the game after.
“It’s been a change but it’s been really cool. It’s been intense and the standards have gone up – it’s not a disrespect to Dean Smith, but he brought some new rules and everyone was on it.
“I’ll be here all day, if I say the rules – there are quite a few.”