Match: Norwich City v Aston Villa
Date: Saturday 5th October 2019
Venue: Carrow Road
Wesley (2), Grealish, Hourihane, Douglas Luiz
Heaton, Guilbert, Engels (Konsa), Mings, Targett, Nakamba, McGinn, Grealish, Hourihane (Douglas Luiz), El Ghazi (Trezeguet), Wesley. Unused subs: Steer, Taylor, Jota, Davis.
Story in brief
Aston Villa recorded a thumping, much-needed victory at Norwich City as Dean Smith's men put five past the Canaries on Saturday.
Wesley brushed aside his doubters to set the claret and blues on their way with a first-half brace, and could have had a hat-trick but not for a squandered penalty attempt.
He brilliantly controlled and finished Anwar El Ghazi's cross for his opener, before tapping home Conor Hourihane's fizzing cross soon after.
Jack Grealish slotted El Ghazi's cut-back early in the second period for his first Premier League goal of the season, before Conor Hourihane made sure of all three points with a bending left-footed strike for his 25th Aston Villa goal.
Douglas Luiz added the finishing touches to a dominant display late on – curling into the top-right hand corner.
Josip Drmic pounced on a lapse in concentration late on for Norwich, but it proved a mere consolation as Villa ran riot in Norfolk.
Silencing the doubters
It was a big afternoon for striker Wesley, who continues to defy his critics in an Aston Villa shirt.
Adapting to an elite new division as the lone striker at the age of just 22, he now has four goals in eight Premier League starts – a ratio of one in two.
At Carrow Road he added to brilliant strikes against Everton and Arsenal earlier in the campaign, celebrating emphatically with team-mates in front of our raucous 3,000 supporters.
He is much loved already, and will only get better.
Wesley may have stolen the goalscoring headlines, but there were numerous Man-of-the-Match contenders on this brilliant away day.
At the back, Tyrone Mings and Bjorn Engels blocked everything and Frederic Guilbert and Matt Targett bombed up and down the flanks all game long.
Marvelous Nakamba thwarted Norwich attacks time and time again, while Grealish and John McGinn were a nuisance as ever.
Hourihane was provider turned goalscorer, with El Ghazi also notching two assists. It was a true team performance.
It's a two-week lay off for some of the players, as others now head away with their respective countries on international duty.
Then, in a fortnight, it's Brighton & Hove Albion at Villa Park ahead of a trip to Manchester City at the end of October.