Gerrard takes Aston Villa to ninth with win over Norwich

Aston Villa's Jacob Ramsey celebrates scoring their first goal. Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Action Images/Reuters
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Aston Villa gained their fourth win in six games since Steven Gerrard took charge as they beat their former boss Dean Smith’s new team Norwich – whose relegation fears deepen.

Jacob Ramsey broke the deadlock with a magnificent solo effort, running at the Norwich defence from inside his own half before thumping the ball past Tim Krul with his left foot.

Ollie Watkins sidefooted home Carney Chukwuemeka’s low delivery to complete the scoring late on.

Ashley Young’s wayward backpass almost gifted Norwich an equaliser early in the second half, but Kenny McLean appeared to be put off by the presence of Emiliano Martinez and failed to get a shot off.

Krul did well to keep out Watkins’ downward header not long afterwards, while former Norwich favourite Emi Buendia had a powerful shot blocked by a combination of Brandon Williams and Max Aarons.

The win lifts the visitors into the top half of the Premier League before Wednesday’s fixtures, while Norwich remain rooted to the foot of the table.

Source: BBC