Steven Gerrard admits Aston Villa could have been better this season

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Aston Villa brag Steven Gerrard says this play has been an under-achievement.

Following a mediocre commencement to the run nether Dean Smith, Villa threatened to propulsion for European qualification aft Gerrard’s assignment produced an upturn successful signifier and results, but that has plateaued successful caller weeks.

Last week’s triumph implicit Norwich was their archetypal successful six Premier League games and Gerrard wants to extremity the play good successful their remaining 5 games.

“We privation to decorativeness successful a spot wherever we tin beryllium satisfied – I don’t deliberation we’re going to beryllium blessed oregon celebrating thing this play due to the fact that the team, from the opening of the play to now, has underachieved,” helium said connected the club’s authoritative website up of this weekend’s sojourn to Burnley.

“In the remaining games, it’s astir putting ourselves successful a spot that we tin spell and physique on.

“We tin effort and fortify successful the coming window, person a affirmative pre-season and reset everything going into a marque caller season. Those are the short-term priorities.”

They sojourn Turf Moor to look a Burnley broadside who person won their past 3 games to springiness themselves a accidental of Premier League survival.

But Gerrard wants to spoil the enactment successful Lancashire.

He added: “Burnley person got their ain benignant and identity, but I deliberation it’s precise disrespectful to accidental that Burnley conscionable combat and compete.

“I’ve watched their past 3 oregon 4 games and they’ve got truly bully method players, they’ve got a truly beardown mentality wrong the radical and they’re hopeless to enactment successful the Premier League.

“If they execute that, they’ve astir apt punched supra their value compared to different teams, but that’s nary of my business. My concern is to instrumentality maximum points disconnected Burnley tomorrow.

“We’ve analysed a good, beardown squad that are connected a caller manager bounce, but my precedence is to marque definite Aston Villa spell determination and get the win.”

Leon Bailey is retired aft picking up an wounded against Norwich past week, portion Jacob Ramsey is besides a doubt.

“We’ve got a mates of issues. Leon Bailey won’t marque the game. He near the transportation past week and unluckily this crippled volition travel excessively soon,” Gerrard added.

“I don’t deliberation we’re dealing with a superior issue, truthful I deliberation he’ll play again earlier the season’s retired but helium won’t beryllium astatine Burnley.

“We had an contented successful grooming with young Jacob Ramsey arsenic well, truthful we’re analysing his concern and he’s a large uncertainty arsenic we stand.”

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