Steven Gerrard says he needs his Aston Villa players to become “headline writers” if they are to improve on their disappointing early-season form.
Villa missed the opportunity to move up to ninth in the English Premier League with Monday’s 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest.
While Villa are unbeaten in four, they have managed just seven goals from their nine top-flight matches so far.
Against Forest, Villa were reliant upon 37-year-old Ashley Young’s superb strike to earn them a draw in an encounter where they struggled to create clear-cut opportunities despite having more than 60% possession.
Of their 12 efforts on goal, Watkins was the only other Villa player besides Young to find the target, and they rarely looked like adding to their tally from their 27 touches in the Forest penalty area.