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Aston Villa dressing room reacts to Crystal Palace victory

Aston Villa followed up their first win under new head coach Steven Gerrard against Brighton last week, with a 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.

Former Rangers boss Gerrard has made the perfect start to life as a Premier League manager having taken maximum points from his first two games.

After the win against Brighton at Villa Park in Gerrard’s opening game, the focus quickly switched to the tough task waiting at Selhurst Park this weekend.

But goals from Matt Targett and John McGinn put Villa ahead before Palace defender Marc Guehi scored a consolation goal in second half additional time.

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Gerrard made two alterations from the team which beat Brighton last week for the trip to south London, as he omitted £70m worth of summer talent with Emi Buendia and Danny Ings left on the bench.

Villa were compact, organised and resolute from minute one. Buendia came off the bench to involve himself in McGinn’s late goal to double Villa’s advantage, while Ings was also left amongst the substitutes due to an injury niggle.

Here’s how Villa players reacted to the win on social media.

Emi Martinez: Delighted to top off my 50th app for the club with another 3 points and a big performance. A big shout to our support this afternoon-with us every step of the way

Matt Targett: An away win and a goal. Happy Saturday Villans!

Matty Cash: Back 2 back wins #UTV

Marvelous Nakamba: Great atmosphere today! +3 points #UTV

Ezri Konsa: Away win and another 3 points. Thank you to all the fans that travelled down hope you enjoyed that

John McGinn: What a buzz #UTV

Ashley Young: Big Result. Not an easy place to go but we showed great team spirit and character from everyone. Away Fans You Were. Safe Journey Home. UTV

Tyrone Mings: Great win. Great shift. This is everyone’s game

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