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Aston Villa vs Brighton LIVE: Latest updates from Steven Gerrard’s Villans debut

STEVEN GERRARD takes charge of Aston Villa for the first time against Brighton today.

The Liverpool legend Gerrard replaced Dean Smith, who was dismissed after the Villans lost five games on the bounce.

In front of him today is Brighton, who have failed to win in their six Prem games.

  • Kick-off: 3pm GMT
  • TV/ live stream: This match will not be broadcast live in the UK

Follow ALL of the latest updates below…

  • GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!

    VILLA DOUBLE THEIR LEAD WITH MINGS!!!!!!

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    88 Villa feel like there’s another goal left before full-time.

    Guess who’s loving life right now…

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    87 Villa have regained a spring on their step after Watkins’ opener.

    It’s so funny what a goal can do for you!

    The home crowd is rocking at Villa Park!

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    83 Brighton have been dominating but Villa are the ones who break the deadlock!

    Young picks the ball up in defence and produces a wonderful run that allows him to play down his right to Watkins.

    The striker takes advantage of the space El Ghazi has created with his run and breaks inside the box where he fires a curling shot down Steele’s bottom left corner!

  • GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLL!

    VILLA GET THEIR FIRST GOAL OF THE GERRARD ERA!!!!!

  • ASTON VILLA 0-0 BRIGHTON

    84 SUBSTITUTION

    Villa boss Gerrard makes another change as El Ghazi replaces Ramsey

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    83 Brighton have been controlling 64 per cent of possession so far in the second half.

    Villa have been much more limited, looks like Potter also found a solution for McGinn’s dangerous crosses

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    80 Brighton boss Potter is adding more of an attacking spark as we approach full-time.

    The Seagulls manager is hoping that will help his team make the most out of their possession and break the deadlock

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    79 SUBSTITUTION

    Brighton boss Potter shakes things up with Maupay replacing Lamptey

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    78 Brighton star Bissouma gets lucky there as he avoids a yellow card.

    The midfielder catches Ramsey with a rough challengeas the Villa star anticipated the tackle and did well to protect the ball

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    75 Not a bad showing from Gerrard’s Villa side so far.

    But this game shows there is still work to do

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    74 SUBSTITUTION

    Villa boss Gerrard makes his second change as Young replaces Buendia.

    Not much from the club’s record signing today…

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    73 Brighton are in absolute control of possession and tempo.

    When Potter’s men get the ball it takes a while until Villa actually manage to dispossess them.

    But the Seagulls are still lackign that final ball

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    70 Villa are applying tremendous pressure high up on the pitch but Brighton are so good at playing out the back.

    Some incredible passing from the visitors so far

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    67 YELLOW CARD

    Webster becomes the next player to be booked following a late challenge on Targett

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    66 SUBSTITUTION

    Villa boss Gerrard makes his first change of the match as Bailey replaces Ings

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    65 PENALTY APPEAL!

    Cash breaks into Brighton’s area and goes down during a tussle with March.

    But the referee correctly waves play on!

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    64 SUBSTITUTION

    Brighton boss Potter makes the first change of the match as March replaces Cucurella

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    63 Brighton are dominating 75 per cent of possession so far…

    Nakamba was booked earlier on for a late challenge on Lamptey

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    60 Villa are trying to play the ball quickly in attack when they gain possession.

    Martinez is instructed to volley it immediately in order to create lethal counter-attacks

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    58 Brighton are trying to create dangers from the wings with Cucurella and Lamptey’s crosses.

    But there’s simply not enough bodies in Villa’s box

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    55 Targett seems fine so far as he continues to play down the left wing.

    But tempo has seriously slowed down in the last few minutes…

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    53 Villa ace Targett has returned to the pitch after being checked by physios.

    Not sure if he can continue but Young is in full gear on the bench

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    52 Villa ace Targett seems to have picked up a knock as he holds his groin after stretching himself in his bid to take the ball off Lamptey.

    Doesn’t look great as Young is warming up in the touchline

  • ASTON VILLA 0-0 BRIGHTON

    50 Villa have started the second half pretty much the same way they started the first one.

    The hosts are pressing high up on the pitch and attack mostly from the wings.

    Gerrard looks satisfied so far…



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