Aston Villa beat Leicester City thanks to Ezri Konsa brace as Steven Gerrard secures third win in fours – .

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Aston Villa beat Leicester City thanks to Ezri Konsa brace as Steven Gerrard secures third win in fours – .


Steven Gerrard will always associate Brendan Rodgers at the lowest point of his playing career, but the feel-good factor surrounding this new chapter is tangible.
Gerrard’s debut with Aston Villa is gathering momentum as he clinched a victory over Rodgers, his last manager at Liverpool, to overtake Leicester in the Premier League table.

In front of England coach Gareth Southgate, both goals and Ezri Konsa’s excellent performance were timely and Gerrard has now won the last two managerial encounters against Rodgers.

It has been a gripping and chaotic affair, with the added fuel of a controversial decision in the Var, but Gerrard has made a real statement of intent since leaving Rangers for the former European Cup winners.

He has won three of his four games since taking office, with the only loss to champions Manchester City, and Villa’s hopes of challenging European football do not seem unrealistic.

Leicester’s season continues to be a disappointment, with their inability to defend set pieces threatening to derail any progress made under Rodgers.

They haven’t secured a clean sheet in the league since day one of the season and now face a crucial Europa League game against Napoli on Thursday.

Leicester started off impressively, with Jamie Vardy falling on the bench for a ‘team rotation’, and his replacement Patson Daka provided the assist for the opening goal.

Daka appeared to have lost the ball 30 yards from goal but recovered the ball to free Harvey Barnes inside Leicester’s penalty area.

Barnes took a touch, then unleashed his shot in Konsa’s legs and into the far corner.

Villa 2 – 1 Leicester

Steven Gerrard will always associate Brendan Rodgers at the lowest point of his playing career, but the feel-good factor surrounding this new chapter is tangible.

Gerrard’s debut with Aston Villa is gathering momentum as he clinched a victory over Rodgers, his last manager at Liverpool, to overtake Leicester in the Premier League table.

In front of England coach Gareth Southgate, both goals and Ezri Konsa’s excellent performance were timely and Gerrard has now won the last two managerial encounters against Rodgers.

It has been a gripping and chaotic affair, with the added fuel of a controversial decision in the Var, but Gerrard has made a real statement of intent since leaving Rangers for the former European Cup winners.

He has won three of his four games since taking office, with the only loss to champions Manchester City, and Villa’s hopes to challenge European football don’t seem too high.

Leicester’s season continues to be a disappointment, with their inability to defend set pieces threatening to derail any progress made under Rodgers.

They haven’t secured a clean sheet in the league since day one of the season and now face a crucial Europa League game against Napoli on Thursday.

Leicester started off impressively, with Jamie Vardy falling on the bench for a ‘team rotation’, and his replacement Patson Daka provided the assist for the opening goal.

Daka appeared to have lost the ball 30 yards from goal but recovered the ball to free Harvey Barnes inside Leicester’s penalty area.

Barnes took a touch, then unleashed his shot in Konsa’s legs and into the far corner.

Villa started badly but equalized 170 seconds later as Leicester’s defensive weaknesses resurfaced.

After the visitors failed to clear a free kick from Douglas Luiz, Matty Cash brought the ball back into the danger zone and Buendia was left alone to beat Schmeichel.

Konsa appeared to have the final touch, passing the ball over the line with his crampons, which infuriated Leicester as he claimed the defender was offside.

The game then became more and more chaotic, riddled with errors and poor finishes, with Leicester seemingly in the lead.

Confusion and anger set in in stoppage time when Jacob Ramsey appeared to score a second goal for Villa, converting at close range after Schmeichel knocked the ball over.

Still, the goal was canceled after a Var control, with referee Michael Oliver concluding that Schmeichel controlled the ball, even though he only had one hand on it.

With a mutiny in the air, Villa was now inspired and took the lead in the 54th minute when Konsa rose to take the lead into John McGinn’s corner at the far post.

Rodgers presented Vardy with 25 minutes left, but Villa still created chances with Schmeichel producing a nice save from Ollie Watkins and Ramsey lifting the ball from a decent position.

Leicester responded and Barnes was denied a second goal by an exceptional save from Emiliano Martinez, the Villa keeper diving to swing the ball over the bar.

With Leicester now dominating, Gerrard made a tactical adjustment by going for five at the back, which ultimately turned out to be a clever move.

Five minutes of added time raised the tension, with Schmeichel venturing forward for a late corner, but Gerrard’s departure from Villa continues to impress.

Villa started badly but equalized 170 seconds later as Leicester’s defensive weaknesses resurfaced.

After the visitors failed to clear a free kick from Douglas Luiz, Matty Cash brought the ball back into the danger zone and Buendia was left alone to beat Schmeichel.

Konsa appeared to have the final touch, passing the ball over the line with his crampons, which infuriated Leicester as he claimed the defender was offside.

The game then became more and more chaotic, riddled with errors and poor finishes, with Leicester seemingly in the lead.

Confusion and anger set in in stoppage time when Jacob Ramsey appeared to score a second goal for Villa, converting at close range after Schmeichel knocked the ball over.

Still, the goal was canceled after a Var control, with referee Michael Oliver concluding that Schmeichel controlled the ball, even though he only had one hand on it.

With a mutiny in the air, Villa was now inspired and took the lead in the 54th minute when Konsa rose to take the lead into John McGinn’s corner at the far post.

Rodgers presented Vardy with 25 minutes left, but Villa still created chances with Schmeichel producing a nice save from Ollie Watkins and Ramsey lifting the ball from a decent position.

Leicester responded and Barnes was denied a second goal by an exceptional save from Emiliano Martinez, the Villa keeper diving to swing the ball over the bar.

With Leicester now dominating, Gerrard made a tactical adjustment by going for five at the back, which ultimately turned out to be a clever move.

Five minutes of added time raised the tension, with Schmeichel venturing forward for a late corner, but Gerrard’s departure from Villa continues to impress.

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