Dean Smith had a disappointing return to his old club when Aston Villa secured one of the comfortable football results of the midweek action in the Premier League. Villa was buoyed by their academy graduate Jacob Ramsey who scored a spectacular opener in the 34th minute before another academy graduate Carney Chukwuemeka provided the assist for Ollie Watkins in the 87th minute.
Norwich: Krul (6), Aarons (6), Gibson (6), Kabak (5), Williams (7), Sorensen (6), Gilmour (6), McLean (5), Placheta (7), Pukki (5), Cantwell (4).
Subs: Byram (5), Dowell (5), Idah (5).
Aston Villa: Martinez (7), Cash (8), Konsa (7), Mings (7), Targett (7), McGinn (7), Douglas Luiz (8), Jacob Ramsey (9), Buendia (6), Watkins (8), Young (6).
Subs: Ings (6), Chukwuemeka (n/a).
Man of the match: Jacob Ramsey.
Norwich boss Dean Smith: “It’s tough as we weren’t very good in the first half. We’ve been missing eight that could’ve been in the first team but I’m not making excuses, we never played with any tempo and were too passive. We got what we deserved in the first half. We improved the tempo in the second half but we have to improve the moments in the final third. It’s hard when you’ve eight of your first team not available.”
Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard: “It was a really strong away performance. I thought we controlled large parts of this game – we were difficult to play against and looked really dangerous. At 1-0 you always run the risk [of conceding] so it was nice to see Ollie finish it off. The academy deserves a lot of credit. We’ve some top coaches and we need to keep developing it as we want as many local homegrown players as we can have.”
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