BIRMINGHAM – Steven Gerrard felt his first defeat with Aston Villa after being beaten 1-2 by Manchester City in match week 14 Premier League 2021-2022. The result did not make Gerrard fall, he was even more enthusiastic to prove himself that he was worthy of being the coach of the team nicknamed The Villa.
Playing in front of the public itself at Villa Park, Aston Villa had to lose 1-2 to Man City on Thursday 2 December 2021 in the early hours of WIB. Gerrard said that the appearance of his team in the first half lacked confidence.
But in the second half, Aston Villa were able to bounce back through a goal from Ollie Watkins (47′). They often also trouble the Man City defense line. But unfortunately, the opportunity that The Villa – nicknamed Aston Villa – got still did not turn into a goal.
“We lacked confidence at the start of the first half. It was a combination of them having top players and managers. Then in the second half I thought we were outstanding. We scare Man City sometimes, we are very close to taking something out of the game,” said Gerrard, quoted by the BBC, Friday (12/3/2021).
Despite the defeat, Gerrard admitted that the reaction from his fans was very good. He also told his team not to leave the field with their heads down as a form of respect for the support of their fans who were present in person.
“What an amazing reaction I got from the fans. I think the fans appreciate that. We were very close to getting something out of the game,” added Gerrard.
“I told the players not to leave this stadium with their heads down.”
Furthermore, Gerrard insists he will prove that he is worthy of being an Aston Villa tactician. Please note, this is his first defeat since he was appointed to lead The Villa.
“When you take on a job like this behind someone who is an Aston Villa supporter who took them from the Championship to the Premier League who is one of their own, it’s always going to be a difficult transition,” he said.
“It is my job to prove to these supporters that I am the right person and that I can put a team out there that can compete,” Gerrard continued.
Furthermore, Gerarrd will lead Villa to host Leicester City in the match day 15 of the Premier League 2021-2022. The match, which will be held at Villa Park, will take place on 5 December 2021 at night WIB.