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'Really good': Sky Sports pundit thinks £25m Aston Villa ace bailed Gerrard out today
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'Really good': Sky Sports pundit thinks £25m Aston Villa ace bailed Gerrard out today

Aston Villa picked up their first points of the new Premier League season thanks to a 2-1 win over Everton.

Steven Gerrard’s charges, who lost 2-0 at Bournemouth last week, made amends in Saturday’s early kickoff.

Villa opened the scoring in the 31st minute at Villa Park through Danny Ings.

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Ollie Watkins drove into the box following a great John McGinn delivery and picked out Ings.

The striker carved out some space for himself and duly rifled past Jordan Pickford.

Then, with four minutes left in the game, Watkins squared the ball to Emiliano Buendia for a tap-in.

Though Everton halved the deficit moments later through a Lucas Digne own goal, Villa held on for victory.

In the game, Tyrone Mings returned to the starting XI after seemingly falling out of favour under Gerrard.

The defender was recently stripped of the captain’s armband and criticised for his performances.

Last week, Mings was an unused substitute in the loss to Bournemouth.

But against Everton, the £25million man responded to Gerrard’s challenge in the best possible way.

Mings was solid throughout, and late on he made a fantastic block that denied the Toffees a potential equaliser.

Anthony Gordon forced a save from Emiliano Martinez which fell into the path of Salomon Rondon.

Mings was there with a fantastic block, getting the ball back to Martinez and snuffing out that attack.

Sky Sports pundit Sue Smith loved what she saw from the Villa defender.

She suggested that Mings bailed his side out, with Rondon seemingly destined to get the final touch.

“Gordon does so well on the left and uses his pace,” she said on Soccer Saturday (14:21).

“It’s a good save from Martinez and you think Rondon will get the final touch.

“But it’s really good defending from Tyrone Mings who gets it back to Martinez.”

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