Steven Gerrard satisfied by ‘ruthless’ Aston Villa display at Burnley

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Burnley v Aston Villa – Premier League – Turf Moor
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Aston Villa answered Steven Gerrard’s request for ruthlessness successful beforehand of extremity arsenic they deepened Burnley’s relegation worries with a 3-1 triumph astatine Turf Moor connected Saturday.

Emiliano Buendia made the astir of an accidental to commencement up of Philippe Coutinho, mounting up Danny Ings for the opener and scoring the 2nd himself, earlier Ollie Watkins headed successful a John McGinn transverse aboriginal successful the 2nd fractional to efficaciously termination the game.

Though Burnley got 1 backmost done Maxwel Cornet successful stoppage time, they had nary reply to Villa’s objective finishing arsenic they mislaid for the archetypal clip nether caretaker manager Mike Jackson.

Before the crippled Gerrard had called Villa’s play a disappointment and pointed to their nonaccomplishment to instrumentality chances, but this triumph renewed anticipation of a top-half decorativeness arsenic they climbed to 11th, inactive with games successful manus connected the sides instantly supra them.

“I enactment it connected them earlier the game,” Gerrard said of his attacking players. “We’ve got a batch of radical successful the squad to scrap and bash each the soiled enactment and past it’s important erstwhile our moments travel the beforehand 3 spell and triumph america the game. They were ruthless here.

“Danny and Ollie were a bully menace unneurotic and the work from small Emi was outstanding with John arsenic the back-up with his cross, his quality.

“The 3 goals were outstanding successful antithetic ways. We were coming up against a squad successful a large spot with 10 points retired of 12 connected the backmost of the manager bounce and the boys person travel to a pugnacious spot and enactment successful a apical performance.”

Ings, brought into the starting line-up aft impressing arsenic a first-half replacement for the injured Leon Bailey against Norwich past week, scored for a 4th consecutive quality against his erstwhile broadside but his celebrations were muted fixed Burnley’s predicament.

“I deliberation helium likes playing against his aged squad but I’m definite Danny has got mixed emotions,” Gerrard said of the 29-year-old. “Burnley were bully for Danny, helium enjoyed his clip here, helium learned a batch here, helium grew and evolved present and I’m definite helium wants Burnley to enactment up.

“But our absorption has got to beryllium Aston Villa now. The squad speech earlier the crippled was astir purpose. We knew Burnley had a large purpose, we knew it was an important crippled for them, but I said to the players ours has got to mean more.

“That’s to effort and decorativeness successful the apical 10 and we’ve pushed person to that. There’s ever a intent successful shot and it’s important we don’t fto this play fizzle out.”

Having relegated Norwich with a 2-0 triumph past play and pushed Burnley person to the driblet here, Villa tin person different large accidental erstwhile the Clarets sojourn connected May 19, a fixture that was postponed successful December owed to coronavirus.

“You person to play highly good to instrumentality maximum points disconnected them,” Gerrard said of facing Burnley again.

“It volition beryllium a antithetic game. We’ll reset. It’s astatine our place. It’s a crippled we’re looking guardant to but we’ve got 2 earlier it. We’ve got a existent pugnacious crippled against Liverpool connected Tuesday truthful we’ll effort and remainder and retrieve the champion we can.

“We’ll spot what the concern is erstwhile that crippled comes astir but the connection volition beryllium wide – spell and instrumentality maximum points. There’ll beryllium nary sentiment and we’ll spell and effort and triumph arsenic galore games arsenic we can.”

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