Aston Villa made it three wins from four under Steven Gerrard after beating Leicester City 2-1 at Villa Park on Sunday.
The visitors opened the scoring through Harvey Barnes before Ezri Konsa levelled only three minutes later.
Villa thought they had taken the lead on the brink of half-time through Jacob Ramsey but his strike was disallowed for a foul on the Foxes’ goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
The hosts, however, did go in front shortly after the break as Konsa headed in his second goal of the game.
Following the win, the Villans are now in 10th place on 19 points.
Here’s how the national media reported on the game…
Ezri Konsa’s double sinks Leicester to continue Aston Villa’s ascent
Peter Lansley, The Guardian
A combination of Villa Park’s frenzy at Jacob Ramsey’s disallowed goal on the stroke of half-time and a dressing-room dressing-down from Steven Gerrard enabled Aston Villa to continue their revival under their new manager.
Ezri Konsa’s first goals in 13 months enabled Villa to win their third game in four under Gerrard to overtake Leicester City in the middle of the Premier League after Harvey Barnes had given them the lead.
As Brendan Rodgers, the Leicester manager, bemoaned his team’s Achilles heel of failing to defend set-pieces effectively, his former Liverpool captain admitted he had to “get into [his players] a little bit at half-time”.
Ezri Konsa’s double sees Steven Gerrard’s side come from behind to beat the Foxes after Harvey Barnes’ early strike
Tom Collomosse, The Daily Mail
A third win in four for Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa, a sixth defeat of the season for Leicester and an inescapable feeling that these are clubs heading in opposite directions.
These are early days in the Gerrard era but it has been a promising beginning. After falling behind to Harvey Barnes’ 14th-minute strike, centre back Ezri Konsa scored twice in front of Gareth Southgate to lift Villa into the top half of the table, above Leicester on goal difference.
On Saturday, Gerrard returns to Liverpool for the first time as an opposing manager. It was also first blood to Gerrard in the Premier League against Brendan Rodgers after they won a game apiece in Scotland. The pair’s history dates to 2012, when Rodgers became Liverpool manager and Gerrard was his captain. There are plenty of chapters still to be written in this rivalry.
Vibrant Villa expose Leicester limitations
Michael Beardmore, BBC Sport
Aston Villa have certainly regained the feelgood factor under new boss Steven Gerrard – an intangible Leicester seem to have misplaced it for the time being.
Admittedly, the hosts had to shrug off a shaky start on Sunday but the vibrancy of their attacking play was impressive, particularly in the second half, and Gerrard has certainly made an impact since taking over.
Three wins in four – and a commendable display in defeat to champions Manchester City – mean Villa will head to Anfield in good heart on Saturday for what is sure to be an emotional reunion for Gerrard and his beloved Liverpool.
Steven Gerrard secures win against his former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers
Steven Gerrard came out on top against his former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers as Aston Villa secured a 2-1 victory over Leicester City at Villa Park.
It was Leicester who took the lead when Harvey Barnes struck after 14 minutes, but Aston Villa found an immediate response as Ezri Konsa got the final touch on Emi Buendia’s header to bring the scores level.
The hosts thought they had grabbed the lead in stoppage time at the end of the first half when Jacob Ramsey swept the ball home from close range, but, after a VAR check, referee Michael Oliver ruled the goal out for a foul on Kasper Schmeichel, who the referee deemed to have control of the ball.
Disallowed goal rouses Aston Villa passion as Steven Gerrard triumphs over Brendan Rodgers
Alyson Rudd, The Times
It would be stretching it to call this a pattern but in defeating Brendan Rodgers’s team, Steven Gerrard kept up the motif of the pair of them winning on home soil.
When in charge of Celtic and Rangers in the 2018-19 season, they recorded 1-0 home wins. This victory, in the pair’s first meeting in the Premier League, meant that Aston Villa overtook Leicester City in the table courtesy of goal difference.
It was a win built on passion and some indignation, but Midlands rivalry was put to one side when play stopped entirely for the minute’s applause in memory Arthur Labinjo- Hughes, the murdered six-year-old.
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