Gerrard insists on ending Southampton positive run

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Stephen Gerrard claims he has one job to do and that his to put an end to the positive run of games against Southampton.

Aston Villa manager Stephen Gerrard has stated that he has only one job against Southampton and that is to put an end to their positive run.

Southampton has been in a good form and recently put the Hammers out of the FA cup competition during the week.

Aston Villa will host the Saints today in the Premier League as the clash look to be a tough one.

Speaking ahead of the game at Villa Park former Rangers’ manager Gerrard stated that he has no other job than to defeat Southampton in their clash.

“It’s a classic case of an ownership at Southampton that’s really backed the manager, given him time and shown patience.

“He’s developed an identity and a style, which the players look used to. They’re playing some really exciting, free-flowing football and pressing high, which is a model that Ralph Hasenhuttl likes to implement.

“I can only pay Southampton and their manager the utmost respect because of their season so far. My job is to put an end to that run.

“We want to make it about Aston Villa tomorrow and about us executing the game plan that we want.”

Speaking about his forward Danny Ings, Gerrard has stated that he is happy with his last performance as he is eager to play against his former side.

The former Liverpool player stated that he sees the hunger in his eyes and that the forward wants to score goals.

“I know him very well and I think he’s been really happy since we came in. I’ve only seen someone who’s very focused on his training and trying to improve the team.

“He’s desperate to play tomorrow. We were really happy with his performance last week – he was very selfless with the job and work he did for the team.

“Danny wants to play and Danny wants to score goals. That’s the hunger I see and the twinkle in his eye. He’s certainly ready.

“He doesn’t have to focus or worry about playing Southampton or what kind of reception he’ll get. If he’s picked to play, he’ll have a job and a role in the team.”




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