Aston Villa held Manchester City to a 1-1 draw at Villa Park
Haaland grabbed his 10th goal in six games.
Villa manager Steven Gerrard hopes his side can use their draw against the
champions Manchester City as a foundation to kickstart their season.
Champions City missed a chance to go top of the Premier League as Leon Bailey’s
equaliser earned Aston Villa an excellent draw at Villa Park, while the point took
Villa out of the bottom three.
“No-one gave us any hope or any chance before a ball was kicked,” said Gerrard.
“I’m really pleased and proud of what the players gave us and no-one can begrudge us
a point, and it’s a big point.
“But the players need to take that confidence moving forwards. You hope it’s a
foundation but it’s only a big point if you reset and back it up against Leicester and
“The danger is if you think you’re moving in the right direction but don’t reset.
There has been a lot of external noise and rightly so, but it’s now for me to lead even
more and be stronger.
“We need to stick together and keep developing.”
The league’s top goalscorer Erling Haaland got his 10th goal in six games when he
was in the right place at the back post to volley in Kevin de Bruyne’s superb cross.
After scoring in the 50th minute, Haaland had another two efforts saved by Villa
keeper Emiliano Martinez and De Bruyne also hit the crossbar with a 22-yard free-
Those missed chances proved costly as Bailey struck a sweet first-time shot into the
top corner from Jacob Ramsey’s square pass to make it 1-1 in the 74th minute.
Villa thought they had scored a winner when Philippe Coutinho put the ball in the
net off the underside of the bar.
However, the assistant referee had already put his flag up for offside – even though
Coutinho was actually onside – and some of the City players stopped before the ball
went into the net.
Gerrard revealed he had spoken to the officials about the decision after the match,
and they admitted they had made an error.
“I’ve spoken to the officials calmly, and given them enough time after and asked for
their side of it,” said Gerrard.
“The referee blew the whistle too soon. When something is so tight it’s worth an extra
bit of time and we could’ve scored a second goal.
“Fair play to the officials, they recognized that afterward. It was nowhere near