Aston Villa beats Norwich to extend revival with Gerrard

Aston Villa's Ollie Watkins (centre) celebrates scoring their side's second goal of the game with team-mates Danny Ings and Jacob Ramsey as Norwich City players look dejected during the Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture date: Tuesday December 14, 2021.

EPL— With four wins now in six games as manager, Steven Gerrard is transforming Aston Villa’s fortunes.

The former Liverpool captain’s latest success was getting the better of the manager he replaced at Villa last month as Dean Smith’s new team, Norwich, was beaten 2-0 on Tuesday.

Jacob Ramsey played a one-two with Ollie Watkins by the halfway line and ran at the defense before firing the ball past goalkeeper Tim Krul in the 34th minute at Carrow Road.

The second came in the 87th when 18-year-old substitute Carney Chukwuemeka got away down the left and squared for Watkins to tap home.

Ollie Watkins of Aston Villa competes for a header with Sam Byram of Norwich City during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Aston Villa at Carrow Road on December 14, 2021 in Norwich, England.

While Norwich is in last place in the Premier League, Villa is up to ninth after the resurgence under Gerrard. Smith was fired by Villa after five straight losses but he quickly filled Norwich’s managerial vacancy.

Norwich is three points from safety approaching the midway point of the season after picking up only five points in Smith’s six matches.

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