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Aston Villa 2-0 Norwich City

Aston Villa has comfortably beaten Norwich to confirm the Canaries’ relegation.

Gerrard’s men never looked like they wouldn’t win this game after Watkins handed them the first-half lead.

Norwich tried their hardest to grab an equaliser in the second but never found it as Villa held firm.

Ings wrapped up the win for the hosts at the death.

Starting lineup:

ASTON VILLA (4-3-2-1): Emiliano Martinez; Matthew Cash, Calum Chambers, Tyrone Mings (c), Lucas Digne; John McGinn, Tim Iroegbunam, Jacob Ramsey; Leon Bailey, Phillipe Coutinho; Ollie Watkins.

SUBS: Douglas Luiz, Emiliano Buendia, Ezri Konsa, Marvelous Nakamba, Danny Ings, Carney Chukwuemeka, Bertrand Traore, Ashley Young, Robin Olsen.

NORWICH CITY (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Max Aarons, Grant Hanley (c), Brandon Williams, Sam Byram; Mathias Normann, Billy Gilmour; Kieran Dowell, Pierre Lees-Melou, Milot Rashica; Teemu Pukki.

SUBS: Jon Rowe, Joshua Sargent, Przemyslaw Placheta, Ben Gibson, Dimitrios Giannoulis, Angus Gunn, Lukas Rupp, Jacob Lungi Sorensen.

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Goals:

GOAL! ASTON VILLA 1-0 NORWICH CITY! Watkins punishes Norwich’s lack of concentration! He latches onto Ings’ direct pass, bamboozles Norwich’s defenders and lashes the ball past Krul at a tight angle. There’s no saving that.

GOAL! ASTON VILLA 2-0 NORWICH CITY! Ings puts toothless Norwich out of their misery! Krul saves Ramsey’s snapshot. Buendia controls the rebound to find his fellow substitute, who fires home from the centre of the penalty area.

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard:

 “I wouldn’t say [it was a ‘total’ team performance]. We’re very happy with the three points and the win and clean sheet, but I’ve seen us play better.

“And I thought we were patchy today, and we started the first 20 minutes on the front foot. We were progressive and created chances. Credit to Norwich. They got some fantastic blocks and a few good saves.

“I also thought we started the second half in the same vein, but when that second goal doesn’t come, you’ll have some nerves set in then, some anxious moments, and that’s what I’ve seen today, so I think we can play a lot better.

“We knew coming into this job it wouldn’t always be rosy. We would have some tough times and some bumps along the way.

“There’s a lot to work on, but that’s exciting. Next week, we move on against Burnley in a better place, with more confidence. Four points out of six from two challenging games.

“I want to give players opportunities. You train every day with these boys, and if someone is outshining, they certainly deserve to play. The fans need to see them. We want to prove there’s a pathway for our academy players.

So, what’s next for Aston Villa and Norwich City?

Aston Villa can be hopeful of ending their Premier League campaign on a good note.

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Norwich can enjoy a few more weeks at this level before returning once again to the Championship.

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