Villa put in a professional display at Carrow Road against a poor Norwich side; a result that lifts Gerrard’s side to 9th in the Premier League.
A goal in either half from Ramsey and Watkins was enough, with Villa composed at the back and dominant in midfield.
Jacob Ramsey’s fine run and finish will be remembered as the stand-out moment of a game that Villa completely controlled.
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A quiet evening, notable for some tidy catching of crosses. Barely troubled other than to close down a Norwich advance after a miss-placed Ashley Young pass and to hold a straighforward header in the second half.
Solid defensive display and a number of forays forward. If Cash can develop the attacking side of his game, as much in terms of crossing as anything, we have a real player on our hands. Cannot be faulted for adventure of work rate either.
As with Cash, found himself in advanced positions and unlucky with a couple of efforts. Largely untroubled defensively, but made a good interception in the second 45. Much better than early season showings again.
Rarely troubled. Lucky to escape injury as on the end of a lunging challenge to the ankle. Guilty of a little loose play in the second half that may have been punished by better opposition. Solid otherwise and constantly barking orders.
Became flustered momentarily whilst holding the ball to frustrate Norwich, for which he received a needless yellow card. However, another composed display and rarely put a foot wrong.
Cool and classy on the ball, ghosting around the midfield. Douglas Luiz is a joy to watch sometimes, including a cheeky backheel as Villa showboated as Norwich struggled to compete. Top notch this evening.
Another high energy and overall good display. A number of smart touches as the midfield played triangles to move the ball from sticky spots. Struggled a little as the game went on, but at 36 and after a run of top performances, who can blame him. Applauded off the field again, after another experienced display.
Lots of neat interplay from Buendia on his return to his former employers. Particularly good in the first half. Faded after a heavy challenge in the second and looked in agony after being brought off. Good showing, but an injury concern ahead of the weekends game against Burnely.
A really good performance from a player who has come of remarkably since Gerrard’s arrival. Good movement throughout the game, quick one touch passing and burst forward to score a fine goal to give Villa the lead. Outstanding game.
A constant physical menance in midfield for Norwich, who couldn’t cope as McGinn shrugged off challenges. Central to much of the build-up play and ran himself into the ground, yet again.
Another hard-working, sometimes thankless performance. Tirelessly runs and shows for the ball. Rewarded for his efforts late on, peeling to the back post to tuck home Villa’s second goal.
Subs: Ings – Busy once brought on and maybe unfortunate for the ball not to break to him in the box on a couple of occasions. Chukwuemeka – A late assist and another reminder of the talent we have on our hands, exciting. Tuanzebe – Appeared late to hold in midfield without issue.
Norwich 0-2 Villa
Ramsey and Watkins goals see Steven Gerrard’s Villa side easily defeat former boss Dean Smith at Carrow Road.