Nwosu Chizoba David
Jacob Ramsey said he wants to emulate Steven Gerrard in becoming “one of the best goalscoring midfielders” after a magnificent solo effort helped Aston Villa win 2-0 at Norwich.
The 20-year-old ran at the Canaries defence from inside his own half before thumping the ball past Tim Krul to break the deadlock at Carrow Road.
Ollie Watkins sidefooted home Carney Chukwuemeka’s low delivery to complete the scoring and deepen Norwich’s relegation fears.
“I’ve been watching clips of the gaffer,” Ramsey told BT Sport. “He was one of the best goalscoring midfielders and that’s what I want to be.
“I saw Ollie [Watkins] knock it off, there was no-one there, so I thought ‘why not?'”
Gerrard has now won four of his six games as Villa boss since replacing Dean Smith – now in charge at Norwich – last month.
And the former England captain was thrilled with Ramsey’s effort.
“As a midfielder, you can only applaud that kind of play,” Gerrard said. “To then unleash a shot like that – it should be in the running for goal of the month.”
The victory lifts the visitors into the top half of the Premier League before Wednesday’s fixtures – proving the perfect response to Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Liverpool – while Norwich remain rooted to the foot of the table.
“It’s a big win, an important win,” Gerrard told BBC Match of the Day. “The first half was outstanding. It comes off a very challenging week. The application [from the players] at Anfield – they maxed out there.
“It’s a bright start, but it’s my job to keep pushing the standards.”