[Editor’s Note] Every match, Liam - our young writer - selects a ‘man of the match’ - win, lose or draw. Today, his selection is Mings. Thanks Liam.
An emphatic victory for Aston Villa as Dean Smith’s side beat the Canaries 5-1 in what proved to be an entertaining game to watch for the Villa faithful with a Royal seal of approval from Prince William and Prince George who were in attendance.
The Villans took the lead in the 14th minute as Wesley brilliantly chested the ball downwards and calmly slotted the ball past debutant Michael McGovern in the net. The Brazilian striker then made it 2-0 after he side footed the ball past McGovern once again following an intricate ball from Hourihane. Despite McGovern denying Wesley of a hat trick after the Northern Irishman saved the Brazilian’s penalty in the first half, Grealish made it 3-0 early in the second after the midfielder combined with El Ghazi brilliantly and placed the ball into the bottom left-hand corner of the goal. Conor Hourihane made it 4-0 12 minutes later after his curling shot beat McGovern at his left hand post before the substitute Douglas Luiz’s exquisite finish into the top right-hand corner looked to had secured Aston Villa all three points. Switzerland international Josip Drmić scored a late consolation goal after a poor back pass from Tyrone Mings however Villa went on to win by five goals to one.
A brilliant performance from Dean Smith’s side with many players in claret and blue putting in a great display against Norwich City including Wesley, Marvellous Nakamba and Jack Grealish however my Man of the Match for today’s game was England International Tyrone Mings.
Despite being at fault for conceding the Canaries only goal of the game, Mings was outstanding for the majority of the fixture with the defender’s blocks, tackles and interceptions saving Villa on multiple occasions. Let’s not forget that the 26-year has only made a total of 106 appearances as a professional footballer with 17 appearances in the Premier League before signing for Aston Villa on loan midway through last season. Tyrone is a fantastic footballer who once again today demonstrated his composed nature on the ball as well as his physicality and agility. He is a superb talent who we as Aston Villa fans are lucky to have at our football club.
A fantastic result against Daniel Farke’s side! Let’s get behind Dean Smith and the boys in claret and blue when they return to Villa Park on the 19th October against Brighton.