Ramsey and Watkins Make Aston Villa a 2-0 victory at Norwich.
A magnificent solo effort by the midfielder Jacob Ramsey and a late Ollie Watkins strike gave Aston Villa a 2-0 win at the bottom of the table in Norwich City on Tuesday. The home manager Dean Smith suffered defeat against his former club.
Smith was appointed manager at Norwich after Villa parted ways last month. The hosts, now steered by the former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard, had a few missed chances to win by larger margins.
Gerrard, who was celebrating his fourth win in just six games for Villa after replacing Smith, praised the team’s play and Ramsey’s goal.
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“I believe we had control over the majority of the game. However, we were tough to play against and appeared to be extremely risky,” Gerrard told BT Sport.
“As midfielders, you should be applauding this kind of game and then unleash a shot similar to this. It’s on the verge of being a goal of the month.”
Ramsey claimed he had taken the advice of Gerrard’s guide when he started the scoring.
“I’ve seen videos of the gaffer, and He was among the top midfielders who scored goals, and that’s exactly what I want to become,” he said.
” I was watching Ollie make it happen, and there was no one around. So I thought, ‘why would he not try it?’ It was a major win. Norwich was a great team, particularly in the second period.”
Norwich were sluggish, and goalkeeper Tim Krul tipped over a long-range shot of John McGinn before Ramsey beat the goalkeeper at the end of 34 minutes, scoring an effort of the highest quality.
Ramsey was able to take a Watkins pass and sped into his stride at the halfway line. Then, after clearing numerous markers, he launched into a furious running.
He found an unstoppable shot towards the top corner, from near just outside the zone.
Krul saved a tight-range Watkins goal to the left of the post with an unselfish save in the 55th minute. But it was unable to make a save in the 87th minute.
The Villa forward was forced to settle for just a simple tap-in following an excellent job by the substitute Carney Chukwuemeka.
The result moved Villa to ninth position in the table with 22 points after 17 games, while Norwich was rooted at the bottom with 10 points.
Smith admitted he was facing an enormous task to keep Norwich in the top tier, but he was confident he could achieve it.
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