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Aston Villa 2-0 Norwich City

Jonathan Kodija scores Villa's opening goal against Norwich
Jonathan Kodjia has scored 17 league goals in his first season at Aston Villa

Two goals from Jonathan Kodjia saw Aston Villa beat 10-man Norwich City at Villa Park.

Kodjia put the hosts ahead midway through the first half when Scott Hogan played him in and the Ivory Coast striker found the roof of the net.

The game was all but settled when Ivo Pinto was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Jordan Amavi.

Kodjia made sure of a home win in the 87th minute when he capitalised on a mistake in the Norwich defence.

A third successive victory for Villa lifted them to 11th, just three points behind Norwich, who slipped to ninth and seven points outside the play-off places.

Nelson Oliveira had the visitors' best chance, just before Kodjia's second, when he was played in on goal by Cameron Jerome, but the Portuguese could not get a shot away after a poor first touch.

Jerome also went close to scoring in the opening 10 minutes, but his effort went inches wide as Norwich's poor return on the road continued.

The Canaries have won just one of their past 14 away league games and remain without a manager following the sacking of Alex Neil last month.

Villa were denied a second before Kodjia's late goal when Nathan Baker saw his header cleared off the line by Ryan Bennett and Conor Hourihane's follow-up skimmed the crossbar.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce told BBC WM: "We showed a little bit of resilience and my goalkeeper has played very very well today.

"I thought we were a little bit leggy but we've stuck at it again and we've kept a clean sheet.

"We're improving. We've still got a lot to do. We weren't great again but we've done enough to win a game of football in this division."

Norwich caretaker boss Alan Irvine: "I thought we played really well for most of the game, even with 10 men.

"We dominated possession, we had territorial advantage, we got into some great positions and we fell down where we would normally be at our strongest.

"The last pass, the last cross in the final third, the last attempt at goal were the things that let us down."

Line-ups

Aston Villa

  • 34Johnstone
  • 21Hutton
  • 12Chester
  • 2Baker
  • 3Taylor
  • 37Adomah
  • 5LansburyBooked at 51minsSubstituted forGreenat 87'minutes
  • 25Jedinak
  • 14HourihaneSubstituted forGardnerat 69'minutes
  • 9HoganSubstituted forAmaviat 37'minutes
  • 26Kodjia

Substitutes

  • 6Elphick
  • 16Bree
  • 19Green
  • 22Gardner
  • 23Amavi
  • 31Bunn
  • 40Grealish

Norwich

  • 33McGovern
  • 25PintoBooked at 80mins
  • 24Bennett
  • 5Martin
  • 2Whittaker
  • 27TetteySubstituted forOliveiraat 76'minutes
  • 4DorransSubstituted forNaismithat 45'minutes
  • 22MurphySubstituted forWildschutat 71'minutes
  • 8Howson
  • 21Pritchard
  • 10Jerome

Substitutes

  • 1Ruddy
  • 7Naismith
  • 9Oliveira
  • 15Klose
  • 17Wildschut
  • 28Maddison
  • 31Murphy
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
32,605

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home13
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away10
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aston Villa 2, Norwich City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aston Villa 2, Norwich City 0.

  3. Post update

    Ryan Bennett (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Amavi (Aston Villa).

  5. Post update

    Offside, Norwich City. Russell Martin tries a through ball, but Cameron Jerome is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gary Gardner (Aston Villa) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jordan Amavi.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Gary Gardner (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Amavi.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alex Pritchard (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Aston Villa 2, Norwich City 0. Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sam Johnstone.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Aston Villa. Andre Green replaces Henri Lansbury.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Nélson Oliveira (Norwich City).

  12. Post update

    Neil Taylor (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Russell Martin (Norwich City).

  14. Post update

    Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Alex Pritchard (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Albert Adomah (Aston Villa).

  17. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Nathan Baker.

  18. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Ivo Pinto (Norwich City) for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ivo Pinto (Norwich City).

  20. Post update

    Jordan Amavi (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle39256872333981
2Brighton39248764333180
3Huddersfield38225114744371
4Reading39217115249370
5Leeds392161252371569
6Fulham391713967472064
7Sheff Wed39189124940963
8Preston391513115448658
9Norwich39169146558757
10Derby391511134238456
11Aston Villa391412134139254
12Brentford39158166257553
13Barnsley391410155656052
14Cardiff39149165457-351
15QPR39148174652-650
16Wolves38139164949048
17Ipswich391016133948-946
18Birmingham391113153955-1646
19Burton391111174053-1344
20Nottm Forest39119195465-1142
21Bristol City39118205055-541
22Blackburn39913174658-1240
23Wigan39810213246-1434
24Rotherham3945303388-5517
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