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Steven Gerrard begins Aston Villa reign with victory over Brighton, as fans enthusiastically greet Liverpool legend and former Rangers boss


Steven Gerrard got off to a good start as Aston Villa manager, as late goals from Ollie Watkins and Tyrone Mings sealed a 2-0 victory over Brighton.

Gerrard was greeted warmly by supporters as the new boss made his first appearance at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.

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Gerrard received a warm welcome from Aston Villa fans ahead of the game

Steven Gerrard begins Aston Villa reign with victory over Brighton, as fans enthusiastically greet Liverpool legend and former Rangers boss

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And at the end of the game, he was pumping his fist with passion as his team sealed victory in their debut game in charge.

The former Rangers boss was named Dean Smith’s replacement last week and was overseeing his very first game as a Premier League manager.

Having achieved so much success in Scotland, Gerrard would have desperately wanted to show his new fans that he was capable of replicating this in the English top flight where he became a legend as a player with Liverpool.

It was no easy task against a Brighton side who have started the season very well and are currently in eighth place after 12 games, and their side certainly took a while to get started.

Brighton dominated the early stages but just couldn’t turn that dominance into goals.

Steven Gerrard begins Aston Villa reign with victory over Brighton, as fans enthusiastically greet Liverpool legend and former Rangers boss

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Ollie Watkins led Aston Villa to victory in their first game under new boss Steven Gerrard

Villa grew up in the game and left it late, Watkins lifting the roof of Villa Park with the Gerrard-era opening goal in the 84th minute.

Mings then completed the three points in the 89th minute to let Villa fans celebrate the arrival of their new hero in command.

After five successive losses, Villa shocked many when they made the change last week.

But Gerrard has proven it to be the right choice, with the Premier League icon winning his first game in the top managerial position.

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