Talk about game changing appointments. Gerrard has now won 4 out of 6 games as Villa boss snd moves them out if trouble to midtable safety. Two months ago opposite number Dean Smith was in charge of Villa and sinking, Gerrard in Scotland coaching champions Rangers. To be fair Smith has got Norwich competitive again with their running stats increasing compared to under previous regime. But in soccer running alone doesn’t get you results. They need to be more potent in front of goal. Teemu Pukki isn’t the kind of striker that gives you 20 goals a season so Dean really needs the club’s backing in the January transfer window. Tackling is also a problems for the canaries.

Just look how far Ramsey and Chukwuemeka were lowed to run with the ball before scoring and setting up the goal respectively. Douglas Luiz deputized well for the (now looks like) long term injury absentee Nakamba in the Villa midfield. Matty Cash was the most impressive Villa player, was all action down the right flank occasionally pushing into the back three when defending against the counter attack. He had a hand in goal number 2 too. Gerrard will be pleased that both Chukwuemeka and Ramsey are products of the club academy, a viable option to the transfer market. A dying English soccer tradition in a money driven modern sport. Norwich still rock bottom but with same points as Newcastle in 19th. That minus 26 goal difference will cause Dean Smith sleepless nights though.