The Manchester City loanee converged on Daniel Johnson’s cross with Ahmed Elmohamady, the Villa defender also getting a touch as he slid in to make a clearance.
While there continues to be plenty of debate about who should be credited with the 61st-minute strike, Nmecha is in no doubt.
“Of course I’m claiming it,” said the 20-year-old, speaking to the press after the 1-1 draw at Deepdale.
“I’ve touched and then defender has slid in.
“After I’ve touched it, I don’t really know what’s happened.
“It’s ricocheted and gone in the net. I definitely got the touch so it better be mine!"