Steven Gerrard was full of praise for the way his Aston Villa side came through testing moments to extend his 100 per cent record as a Premier League boss with a 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace yesterday.
Goals from Matt Targett and John McGinn ensured that the Eagles’ seven-match unbeaten run was ended, although Marc Guehi did get a stoppage time consolation.
The fixture pitched two former Premier League midfield powerhouses against each other. Gerrard is a Liverpool legend while Eagles boss Patrick Vieira played with such distinction for Arsenal and Manchester City in the top flight.
“He’s a great man,” Gerrard told Match Of The Day when asked about sharing a touchline with Vieira. “I had many brilliant battles with Patrick and it was a pleasure to stand alongside him.
“You could see when we were leading today that he’s a winner – he was pushing his players all the way. At times we had to dig in and suffer, we expected that from him – that’s his mentality. But certainly I’ve got no bruises down my legs like I used to when I’ve gone up against him before!
“The important thing was to back up last weekend [a 2-0 home win over Brighton]. I’ve only been doing it [the Villa job] for two weeks and it hasn’t been perfect in the two games. But we’ve done enough to get six points from six, which is a really big step for us.”
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