Aston Villa and Ings move on from Gerrard era with thrashing of Brentford

Wherever Steven Gerrard was on Sunday at 2.15pm, he would have been forgiven for cussing. If the former Aston Villa manager was somehow masochistically watching this game, he might just have been wondering where all the verve and anticipation – never mind the goals – had come from as Villa ripped Brentford apart with all the vim of a team exhilarated to be playing under an inspirational new manager.The fact that Aaron Danks, his erstwhile assistant and now caretaker manager, did not even merit a namecheck on the teamsheet – let alone in a matchday programme devoid of a manager’s column – served only to highlight the chasm in status between the former England captain relieved of his duties after the 3-0 defeat at Fulham on Thursday night and the temporary incumbent.

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