Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert enjoyed a victory against former club Norwich courtesy of Libor Kozak's winner.

An Andreas Weimann shot for Villa hit the post and Norwich's Robert Snodgrass had a penalty saved by Brad Guzan after Ciaran Clark handled.

Kozak had an initial shot saved but atoned for the miss by side-footing in Gabriel Agbonlahor's cut-back.

Lambert hails 'top guy' Guzan

Gary Hooper came off the bench for his Norwich debut late on and had an effort tipped over by Guzan.

The Canaries have only lost two of their last 12 league games at Carrow Road - both to Villa.

For Lambert, it is a third win at the club he departed in acrimonious circumstances in the summer of 2012 and ends Villa's run of three top-flight defeats.

Villa almost got off to the ideal start when Agbonlahor pulled the ball back for fellow forward Weimann, whose low curling shot came back off the post. Christian Benteke's effort from the rebound was saved by John Ruddy but the striker was offside.

The chance set the tone for an action-packed first-half, with the Canaries then spurning two glorious chances to take the lead.

Firstly, the home side were awarded a penalty for Clark's handball only for midfielder Snodgrass to send his spot-kick too close to Guzan.

Snodgrass delivered the cross which led to Norwich's next opening as he found winger Nathan Redmond, who side-footed a ball across goal, where striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel chested the ball over from point-blank range.

Analysis

"Three times Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has been back at Norwich and three times he has got the better of their manager Chris Hughton. There was just the one goal in it, with Libor Kozak scoring within 90 seconds of coming on."

The chances continued to flow as Benteke shimmied and had a shot deflected wide, while Van Wolfswinkel's first-time shot from a right-wing cross flew a whisker wide.

Benteke was forced off injured for Villa but any relief the Canaries might have had at the dangerous Belgium international's exit was short-lived as his replacement Kozak scored almost immediately after coming on.

The Czech Republic striker had his first effort excellently saved by Ruddy but, after Agbonlahor latched on to the loose ball and teed him up again, the summer signing from Lazio side-footed in from eight yards for his first Villa goal.

The onus was on Norwich to take the game to Villa but their slow start after the break resulted in manager Chris Hughton bringing on striker Hooper to make his Canaries bow following his move from Celtic in the summer.

Hooper's introduction helped the home side exert some pressure but they struggled to break down Villa's defence.

The closest Norwich came to an equaliser was when a Van Wolfswinkel shot was deflected wide, before Hooper's attempt to divert a cross goalwards ended with Guzan acrobatically tipping the ball over the bar to complete Villa's first clean sheet in 27 league games.

Penalty rules not enforced - Hughton

Norwich manager Chris Hughton:

"On occasions when we haven't deserved to get anything we have been quick to put our hands up.

"I don't think that was the case against Aston Villa. On the balance of play we created good chances and we added an offensive endeavour to our play. The result does not reflect our performance.

"What we didn't have at the end of it was a bit of quality, fortune and guile to get us the goal we deserved."

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert:

"The last three times we've come down here we've won three times. It's a great record. On the counter-attack we know we're a threat and we could have been two up after a couple of minutes.

"The start we've had has been extremely tough. We've played three of the top sides and ran them all close, even beating one of them. The new lads will take time to settle but so far they've been excellent."

He added: "The medical staff reckon it (Benteke's injury) is his hip flexor. Hopefully, it's not too bad. But Libor Kozak came on and scored within 90 seconds which shows he'll endear himself to our fans."

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Saturday, 21 September 2013

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Norwich 0-1 Aston Villa FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Kozak 30

    Norwich

    Substitutes

    Aston Villa

    Substitutes

    Ref: FoyAtt: 26,813
    NORWICH
    ASTON VILLA

    Possession

    • Norwich 64%
    • Aston Villa 36%

    Attempts on target

    • Norwich 1
    • Aston Villa 4

    Attempts off target

    • Norwich 11
    • Aston Villa 12

    Corners

    • Norwich 7
    • Aston Villa 4

    Fouls

    • Norwich 15
    • Aston Villa 10
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:17 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+4:03 Leandro Bacuna manages to make a clearance.
    • 90:00+3:50 Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
    • 90:00+3:09 Foul by Michael Turner on Bradley Guzan, free kick awarded.
    • 90:00+1:27 Robert Snodgrass produces a cross.
    • 90:00+1:15 Ciaran Clark manages to make a clearance.
    • 90:00+1:02 Free kick taken by Russell Martin.
    • 90:00+0:41 Jonathan Howson fouled by Libor Kozak, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 90:00+0:02 Ryan Bennett makes a clearance.
    • 89:55 Ciaran Clark takes the free kick.
    • 89:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Howson on Fabian Delph.
    • 88:30 Corner from the right by-line taken by Robert Snodgrass.
    • 87:51 Shot by Gary Hooper. Bradley Guzan parries the effort to safety.
    • 87:47 Javier Garrido sends in a cross.
    • 87:07 Andreas Weimann produces a cross.
    • 85:45 Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.
    • 85:05 The referee blows for offside.
    • 84:39 Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.
    • 82:54 The referee shows Michael Turner a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 82:54 Booking
    • 82:49 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Antonio Luna by Michael Turner.
    • 82:27 Clearance made by Karim El Ahmadi.
    • 82:26 Clearance made by Karim El Ahmadi.
    • Correction - 82:25 Clearance by Fabian Delph.
    • 82:24 Clearance made by Karim El Ahmadi.
    • 82:23 Libor Kozak manages to make a clearance.
    • 82:21 A cross is delivered by Robert Snodgrass.
    • 82:12 Corner taken by Anthony Pilkington from the left by-line.
    • 81:42 Ricky van Wolfswinkel has an effort at goal. Blocked by Ciaran Clark.
    • 81:34 Centre by Anthony Pilkington.
    • 80:30 Corner from the taken by Robert Snodgrass.
    • 80:05 The ball is delivered by Russell Martin.
    • 80:04 Ciaran Clark manages to make a clearance.
    • 79:05 Michael Turner takes the free kick.
    • Correction - 78:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Libor Kozak on Michael Turner.
    • 78:54 Michael Turner fouled by Libor Kozak, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 78:16 Corner taken by Leandro Bacuna from the right by-line.
    • 77:38 Libor Kozak takes a shot. Ryan Bennett gets a block in.
    • 77:02 Clearance by Ron Vlaar.
    • 76:39 Substitution Yacouba Sylla replaces Aleksandar Tonev.
    • 75:51 Robert Snodgrass takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand post.
    • 75:43 Anthony Pilkington takes a shot. Blocked by Ciaran Clark.
    • 75:38 Robert Snodgrass crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 74:45 Ciaran Clark handles the ball and concedes a free kick.
    • 73:45 Aleksandar Tonev has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.
    • 73:31 Clearance made by Leandro Bacuna.
    • 73:02 Leandro Bacuna makes a clearance.
    • 72:49 Ciaran Clark manages to make a clearance.
    • 72:48 Javier Garrido produces a cross.
    • Correction - 72:28 Aleksandar Tonev takes a shot. John Ruddy blocks the ball.
    • 72:28 Shot by Aleksandar Tonev.
    • 72:25 Ron Vlaar manages to make a clearance.
    • 72:03 Header at goal by Ciaran Clark to the left of the net.
    • 72:00 Corner taken by Leandro Bacuna from the right by-line.
    • 71:29 Ryan Bennett manages to make a clearance.
    • 71:26 Free kick crossed by Leandro Bacuna.
    • 70:21 Ryan Bennett manages to make a clearance.
    • 70:19 The ball is swung over by Nicklas Helenius.
    • 68:34 Nicklas Helenius manages to make a clearance.
    • 68:31 Clearance made by Ron Vlaar.
    • 68:23 Clearance by Andreas Weimann.
    • 68:21 Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass.
    • 68:06 Antonio Luna manages to make a clearance.
    • 68:03 Centre by Gary Hooper.
    • 67:12 Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.
    • 65:51 Unfair challenge on Antonio Luna by Ricky van Wolfswinkel results in a free kick.
    • 65:15 Robert Snodgrass crosses the ball.
    • 65:10 Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.
    • 65:06 A cross is delivered by Anthony Pilkington.
    • 64:20 Strike on goal comes in from Nicklas Helenius from the free kick.
    • 63:23 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Turner on Libor Kozak.
    • 62:51 Antonio Luna takes the free kick.
    • 62:39 Substitution Anthony Pilkington comes on in place of Nathan Redmond.
    • 62:21 Substitution (Norwich) makes a substitution, with Gary Hooper coming on for Johan Elmander.
    • 61:50 Michael Turner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andreas Weimann.
    • 61:20 Clearance made by Ron Vlaar.
    • 61:18 Javier Garrido produces a cross.
    • 60:40 Robert Snodgrass produces a cross.
    • 60:34 Jonathan Howson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 60:31 Karim El Ahmadi challenges Johan Elmander unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 60:14 Substitution Nicklas Helenius is brought on as a substitute for Gabriel Agbonlahor.
    • 58:46 The ball is crossed by Russell Martin.
    • 58:20 Bradley Guzan makes a clearance.
    • 58:19 Clearance by Leandro Bacuna.
    • 58:17 The ball is sent over by Robert Snodgrass.
    • 58:11 Ron Vlaar manages to make a clearance.
    • 58:07 Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass.
    • 57:48 Clearance by Ciaran Clark.
    • 57:46 The ball is swung over by Russell Martin.
    • 57:37 Robert Snodgrass takes a shot. Antonio Luna gets a block in.
    • 57:17 Antonio Luna makes a clearance.
    • 57:04 Russell Martin takes the free kick.
    • 56:32 Unfair challenge on Robert Snodgrass by Andreas Weimann results in a free kick.
    • 55:58 Shot by Aleksandar Tonev went wide right of the net.
    • 55:23 The ball is crossed by Robert Snodgrass.
    • 55:06 Russell Martin crosses the ball.
    • 55:06 Clearance by Andreas Weimann.
    • 54:51 Antonio Luna makes a clearance.
    • 54:50 Javier Garrido delivers the ball.
    • 54:46 Clearance made by Ron Vlaar.
    • 54:46 The ball is crossed by Johan Elmander.
    • 53:37 Clearance by Ron Vlaar.
    • 53:36 A cross is delivered by Russell Martin.
    • 53:21 Leandro Bacuna makes a clearance.
    • 53:04 Leandro Bacuna makes a clearance.
    • 53:02 Robert Snodgrass crosses the ball.
    • 52:34 Andreas Weimann takes a shot and went wide of the right hand post.
    • 52:01 Michael Turner manages to make a clearance.
    • 51:57 Leandro Bacuna restarts play with the free kick.
    • 51:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Johan Elmander on Fabian Delph.
    • 51:10 Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
    • 50:46 Ricky van Wolfswinkel is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
    • 49:45 Leandro Bacuna restarts play with the free kick.
    • 49:17 Leroy Fer gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fabian Delph.
    • 49:06 Clearance by Javier Garrido.
    • 48:49 Ricky van Wolfswinkel takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Ciaran Clark gets a block in.
    • 48:06 Ciaran Clark manages to make a clearance.
    • 47:18 Clearance by Ciaran Clark.
    • 46:36 Free kick taken by Fabian Delph.
    • 46:27 Ricky van Wolfswinkel concedes a free kick for a foul on Ciaran Clark.
    • 45:49 Header at goal by Ryan Bennett goes right of the post.
    • 45:46 Robert Snodgrass crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 45:15 Foul by Antonio Luna on Robert Snodgrass, free kick awarded.
    • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:21 The ref blows to end the first period.
    • 45:00+1:56 Nathan Redmond sends in a cross.
    • 45:00+1:53 Libor Kozak makes a clearance.
    • 45:00+1:50 Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass.
    • 45:00+0:27 Nathan Redmond takes a shot and goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 45:00+0:18 Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.
    • 45:00+0:10 Ciaran Clark manages to make a clearance.
    • 44:10 The ball is delivered by Nathan Redmond.
    • 41:26 Andreas Weimann manages to make a clearance.
    • 40:58 Shot by Aleksandar Tonev went wide right of the target.
    • 40:50 Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.
    • 40:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Karim El Ahmadi by Nathan Redmond.
    • 39:40 Leandro Bacuna restarts play with the free kick.
    • 39:20 Aleksandar Tonev fouled by Nathan Redmond, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 39:13 Javier Garrido takes the free kick.
    • 39:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Aleksandar Tonev on Nathan Redmond.
    • 38:42 Russell Martin makes a clearance.
    • 38:36 Corner taken by Leandro Bacuna.
    • Correction - 38:02 Ryan Bennett makes a clearance.
    • 38:02 Michael Turner makes a clearance.
    • 37:57 Leandro Bacuna crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 37:35 Substitution Ryan Bennett joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sebastien Bassong.
    • 37:19 Fabian Delph fouled by Ricky van Wolfswinkel, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 36:25 Robert Snodgrass makes a clearance.
    • Correction - 36:20 Andreas Weimann takes a shot. Blocked by Jonathan Howson.
    • 36:20 Andreas Weimann has an effort at goal.
    • 35:30 Clearance made by Michael Turner.
    • 35:27 Antonio Luna produces a cross.
    • 35:13 Sebastien Bassong makes a clearance.
    • 35:11 Clearance by John Ruddy.
    • 35:07 Gabriel Agbonlahor crosses the ball.
    • 34:45 Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.
    • Correction - 34:12 Ciaran Clark fouled by Johan Elmander, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 34:12 Ricky van Wolfswinkel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ciaran Clark.
    • 33:39 Andreas Weimann produces a cross.
    • 30:55 Ricky van Wolfswinkel crosses the ball.
    • 30:33 Jonathan Howson takes the free kick.
    • 30:20 Free kick awarded for a foul by Karim El Ahmadi on Jonathan Howson.
    • 29:04 Gabriel Agbonlahor provided the assist for the goal.
    • 29:04 GOAL - Libor KozakNorwich 0 - 1 Aston Villa Libor Kozak grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Norwich 0-1 Aston Villa.
    • Correction - 28:59 Libor Kozak takes a shot. John Ruddy parries the ball but the danger is not over.
    • 28:59 Libor Kozak takes a shot. John Ruddy fumbles the ball.
    • 28:44 Jonathan Howson delivers the ball.
    • 27:53 The ball is crossed by Gabriel Agbonlahor.
    • 27:23 Substitution (Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Libor Kozak coming on for Christian Benteke.
    • 26:58 Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.
    • 25:57 Ricky van Wolfswinkel takes a shot and went wide of the right hand post.
    • 25:54 Russell Martin delivers the ball.
    • 23:01 Header by Ricky van Wolfswinkel misses right.
    • 22:55 Free kick crossed by Robert Snodgrass.
    • 22:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Redmond by Leandro Bacuna.
    • 21:49 Antonio Luna manages to make a clearance.
    • 21:19 Ron Vlaar manages to make a clearance.
    • 20:06 Aleksandar Tonev takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the goal.
    • 19:00 Shot by Ron Vlaar went wide of the left-hand upright.
    • Correction - 18:57 Corner from the right by-line taken by Leandro Bacuna.
    • 18:57 Corner taken by Fabian Delph from the right by-line.
    • 18:21 Christian Benteke takes a shot. Michael Turner gets a block in.
    • 16:51 Leandro Bacuna makes a clearance.
    • 16:10 Christian Benteke delivers the ball.
    • 15:50 A cross is delivered by Robert Snodgrass.
    • 14:33 Nathan Redmond crosses the ball.
    • 14:25 Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.
    • 14:23 A cross is delivered by Ricky van Wolfswinkel.
    • 13:43 Karim El Ahmadi makes a clearance.
    • 13:27 Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.
    • 13:24 Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line.
    • 13:01 Ciaran Clark manages to make a clearance.
    • 13:00 A cross is delivered by Russell Martin.
    • 11:32 Shot by Ricky van Wolfswinkel went over the crossbar.
    • 11:30 The ball is sent over by Robert Snodgrass.
    • 11:20 Antonio Luna manages to make a clearance.
    • 11:19 The ball is delivered by Robert Snodgrass.
    • 11:10 A cross is delivered by Javier Garrido.
    • 11:08 Clearance by Aleksandar Tonev.
    • 10:59 Ricky van Wolfswinkel crosses the ball.
    • 10:51 Free kick taken by Leroy Fer.
    • 10:33 Leroy Fer fouled by Karim El Ahmadi, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 9:57 Clearance made by Michael Turner.
    • 8:54 The ball is swung over by Robert Snodgrass.
    • 8:41 Clearance by Antonio Luna.
    • 8:30 Antonio Luna manages to make a clearance.
    • 8:29 John Ruddy restarts play with the free kick.
    • 8:00 The offside flag is raised against Christian Benteke.
    • 6:56 Ciaran Clark restarts play with the free kick.
    • 6:26 Michael Turner challenges Christian Benteke unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 6:06 Clearance by Ron Vlaar.
    • Correction - 6:00 Leandro Bacuna manages to make a clearance.
    • 5:59 Penalty taken by Robert Snodgrass is saved by Bradley Guzan. Norwich 0-0 Aston Villa.
    • Correction - 5:58 Penalty taken by Robert Snodgrass saved by Bradley Guzan. Norwich 0-0 Aston Villa.
    • 5:19 Handball decision goes against Ciaran Clark.
    • 5:13 The ball is swung over by Nathan Redmond.
    • 5:00 Ron Vlaar makes a clearance.
    • 4:59 The ball is swung over by Robert Snodgrass.
    • 4:01 Javier Garrido restarts play with the free kick.
    • 3:54 Leandro Bacuna challenges Nathan Redmond unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 3:39 Ciaran Clark makes a clearance.
    • 3:26 Antonio Luna makes a clearance.
    • 3:25 Free kick taken by John Ruddy.
    • 2:57 Christian Benteke is caught offside.
    • 2:51 Andreas Weimann takes a shot and hits the post.
    • 1:40 Shot by Nathan Redmond went wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 1:38 Clearance by Fabian Delph.
    • 1:13 Clearance by Antonio Luna.
    • 0:52 Shot by Andreas Weimann. John Ruddy makes a block.
    • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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