Aston Villa manager mocked by fans after West Ham defeat
Steven Gerrard is facing a growing backlash from Aston Villa supporters after he was mocked following his side’s home loss to West Ham United.
Gerrard found himself in the spotlight at the final whistle of defeat, which was settled by Pablo Fornals scoring his side’s first Premier League goal of the season which lifted the Londoners off the foot of the table. The Villa manager, whose position is not under immediate threat, says it will be up to him to lead a revival.
Villa have now lost three of their first four games of the campaign and will next face a trip to in-form Arsenal in midweek, followed by a daunting game against champions Manchester City.
“I have two ears, so I heard the frustrations from the fans. Last time I checked, my ears were still working, so I got it all,” Gerrard said. “I’ve been in the game long enough that if you lose three out of four games, that’s not the start the fans want or what I want.
“We share the frustration of our supporters and no one is more frustrated than me. The only thing we can do now is to take action and try to address it. I totally agree that this happen, my staff too, but it has to come from inside the players. The players have to stick together now and find results to move up the ladder.”
Villa suffered defeats to Bournemouth and Crystal Palace before their last loss, with their poor form starting at the end of last season when they only beat two teams that were eventually relegated in their last 11 games.
“We’re frustrated right now,” added Gerrard. “We didn’t put enough points on the board, certainly for the players we have in the dressing room, our return wasn’t enough. I’m aware of that.
“We have a choice to feel sorry for ourselves and carry on, or to roll up our sleeves, stick together and try to work things out. I have to lead this and that’s what I’m going to try to TO DO.”