Steven Gerrard insists his Villa players playing for their futures

Steven Gerrard insists his Aston Villa players are playing for their futures after rivals Wolves inflicted their third defeat in a row as he warns ‘we’ll get players who will help me fix it’

  • Steven Gerrard said his players’ futures are on the line after his sides Wolves loss
  • Aston Villa suffered a 2-1 defeat away at Molineux on Saturday afternoon
  • Defenders Jonny and an Ashley Young own goal but the hosts into the lead 
  • Ollie Watkins fired home a penalty on 86 minutes but it wasn’t enough for Villa 

Steven Gerrard warned his Aston Villa stars they are playing for their futures after overseeing three straight defeats for the first time in his reign.

The former England captain was furious with his side’s first-half display in their 2-1 defeat at Wolves, accusing his players of lacking the required mentality for a derby.

Jonny’s early strike and an own-goal from Ashley Young meant Wolves were in control at half-time while Ollie Watkins’ late penalty could not inspire the comeback Villa fans craved.

Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard was unimpressed with his sides 2-1 defeat against Wolves

Wolves captain Conor Coady managed to get one over on fellow scouser Gerrard on Saturday

‘We never turned up from the first whistle,’ said Gerrard. ‘You can’t turn up for a local derby at half-time. We were second best and gifted Wolves two goals.

‘We decided to have a war with Wolves after 70 minutes – 70 minutes too late. At the moment we are looking like a 45-minute team and that is on me.

‘I’ve got to fix it and I will fix it. The players here have to help me now for the next eight games and if not, we’ll get players who will help me fix it. We can’t give gifts. I don’t remember another team giving us a gift whereas we are giving away very poor goals.’

Gerrard handed a start to Leon Bailey after deciding not to select Danny Ings, whose partner gave birth in the early hours of Saturday.

He acknowledged that this result ended Villa’s hopes of overhauling Wolves, who are now 13 points clear with eight games remaining.

Gerrard’s stars were second best and he has insisted he’s prepared to rip up his current squad

Wolves manager Bruno Lage was proud of his players and expressed his delight at full time

Wolves boss Bruno Lage added: ‘In the first half we dominated everything, with the ball, without the ball. 

‘We should have scored more goals and 2-0 is such a dangerous scoreline in this competition. 

‘As we saw in our last game against Leeds, if you give a chance to the opponent they can turn it around and win the game, so this is an important win.’ 

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