Dean Smith’s charges ran out 5-1 winners over Daniel Farke’s side when Villa and Norwich locked horns at Carrow Road.
BBC Sport pundit Chris Sutton has claimed that Aston Villa running out 5-1 winners over Norwich City on their own turf before the international break could turn out to be “the best thing to have happened” to the Canaries, as written in his BBC Sport column.
Both Daniel Farke’s side and Dean Smith’s charges were promoted from the Championship to the Premier League last season, the former having done the double over the latter and finishing top of the table, but it was a completely different story when the two met at the start of October.
Wesley netted a brace – and could have had a hat-trick but for Michael McGovern’s penalty save – while Jack Grealish, Conor Hourihane and Douglas Luiz also got on the scoresheet for Villa, with Norwich’s only solace coming through Josip Drmic’s late consolation.
The result saw the Carrow Road side slip into the bottom three and Sutton – who has played for both Norwich and Villa – commented on their last fixture, hoping that Farke has taken heed of the issues that were exposed from that game.
“My issue is that (Norwich) seem to be making every game a shoot-out and with their weaknesses in defence, it has left them as sitting ducks,” Sutton wrote on BBC Sport. “Their defeat by Villa was a good example of that – I was watching it and could not believe how ludicrously open they were. It was scary. Norwich had plenty of chances in that game too – 12 in the first half, and 21 in total, which is impressive in isolation – but the only team to have more shots in the Premier League that weekend were Villa, with 22.
“I just hope Norwich have learned their lesson from what has happened in the first few weeks of the season, and the size of the Villa defeat might turn out to be the best thing to have happened to them there. If they had drawn that game 3-3 then they might be thinking ‘let’s carry on the same way’, but losing 5-1 might mean the manager makes some tweaks. He needs to do something different, because Norwich need some clean sheets and they don’t look like getting them at the moment.”
Up next for Norwich is their trip to Bournemouth on Saturday while Villa host Brighton.