Aston Villa’s overall performance in last weekend’s clash against Norwich City speaks for itself as we picked up our first away win of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign.
We achieved two victories so far this year in quite some fashion following a brace from Wesley, and additional goals from Jack Grealish, Conor Hourihane and Douglas Luiz, and the three points were the least we deserved.
If anything, the only disappointing thing to come out of the 90 minutes was the late consolation strike the hosts managed to get after a bit of a defensive mix up to deny us the clean sheet.
With Villa, and head coach Dean Smith, coming in for plenty of praise given our game plan and the attacking approach we used again, Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer wasn’t going to be left out as he almost waxed lyrical about our performance on Saturday evening (via the Birmingham Mail).
“There was a definite game plan from Dean Smith and his team to press high and commit men forward and they did it very, very well all afternoon and that’s how they got their success. They invited Norwich to play out but also committed men forward. They got men into the box. Six in the final third here, little touches, quick movement, getting balls into the box. They set traps for Norwich to invite them to try and play out. Look at the men trying to get forward, look at the men trying to get into the box.”
Fans will certainly be hoping that we see it click like that more often during the remainder of the campaign, but as ever, this year is about survival and consolidation and anything more than that is a bonus given how many players are still settling into life at the club.