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Aston Villa: Danny Ings stole the show against Norwich City

Aston Villa grabbed their first win in the Premier League since early March after beating Norwich City 2-0 at Villa Park this afternoon.

Ollie Watkins put the home side ahead with 41 minutes on the clock before Danny Ings doubled the home side’s lead in second half injury time.

Not only did the final whistle confirm three points for Steven Gerrard’s side, it also sealed Norwich’s relegation to the Championship.

In terms of individual performances, one man who stood out for the Villans on this occasion may not have started the game but ended up making a massive difference when he came on.

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After 40 minutes, winger Leon Bailey was forced off with injury, leaving Gerrard to turn to his bench and pick a replacement for the winger.

Despite having the likes of Bertrand Traore, Carney Chukwuemeka and Emi Buendia at his disposal, the Villa boss opted to send on Ings instead.

Ings stole the show for Villa

This quickly turned out to be an inspired choice from the 41-year-old, as the ex-Southampton striker grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and stole the show for Villa.

Barely even a minute after coming on, he grabbed the assist for Watkins’ goal to break the deadlock, with the 29-year-old making it an instant impact.

Who had a better game against Norwich?

Ollie Watkins

Ollie Watkins

Danny Ings

Danny Ings

During his time on the pitch, the former Southampton and Liverpool ace had 27 touches of the ball in total, with 12 passes made including two key passes and one long ball. He also won all three of his aerial duels, along with making one tackle and one clearance.

This performance ultimately earned the first-half substitute an overall match rating of 7.9/10 from SofaScore, making him the joint-highest rated Villa player on the day alongside Watkins.

Given how he grabbed an assist and a goal, it could be argued that Ings was actually more important on the day than his fellow striker. Birmingham Live also picked up on the 29-year-old’s impressive performance by saying that “his link play with [Philippe] Coutinho and Watkins was excellent.”

Having been labelled “outstanding” in the past by his former Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, that is exactly what Ings was for Villa on this occasion.

This individual display from the striker will have surely done a lot to convince Gerrard to potentially start him for their next game against Burnley instead of having him on the bench again.

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