Ollie Watkins

Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins hopes the weekend’s goal against Brighton can be the start of a scoring streak, after hitting blanks since December.

The England international said: “I needed that. Individually I expect a lot more from myself and I think other people do as well.

“It is nice I got a goal. Hopefully, it is the first of many now and there are good things to come.”

Watkins made it 2-0 for Steven Gerrard’s side in the second half after Matty Cash had scored the opener, and this eased their fears of being part of a relegation battle.

Watkins added: “I think being good off the ball is a big thing for us.

“On the ball, we have amazing talent. When people like (Philippe) Coutinho get on the ball it is easy for people like me and Ingsy (Danny Ings) to make runs and he will find us.

“It is still new. We are trying to gel together and get more strong performances like Saturday.

“We knew it would be difficult after a sticky patch in the season but all credit to the boys. We dug in and got what we deserved.

“Off the ball, they had the majority of possession but they did not have many clear chances or create too much. I thought we dealt with them very well and it was a good away performance.”

The Villans play Southampton next in the Premier League.


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