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Summary

  1. Norwich XI: Rudd, Martin, Bennett, Bassong, Brady, Howson, Dorrans, Tettey, Redmond, Hoolahan, Mbokani.
  2. Villa XI: Guzan, Hutton, Clark, Richards, Bacuna, Westwood, Gana, Sinclair, Veretout, Richardson, Ayew.

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By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Norwich 2-0 Aston Villa

Jordan Ayew curls one towards the right corner - but Declan Rudd takes care of it. And that's the last touch of the game! All over at Carrow Road.

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Norwich 2-0 Aston Villa

Last throw of the dice for Villa. A free-kick about 20 yards out...

YELLOW CARD

Norwich 2-0 Aston Villa

Tempers flare. Both skippers go into the book after a melee. Time running out.

Norwich 2-0 Aston Villa

Five minutes of stoppage time. Five minutes for Villa to produce a miracle.

SUBSTITUTION

Norwich 2-0 Aston Villa

And that is Dieumerci Mbokani's final contribution. The Norwich striker is given a standing ovation as he leaves the Carrow Road pitch moments after scoring. Cameron Jerome is given a run-out.

GOAL - Norwich 2-0 Aston Villa

Dieumerci Mbokani

Game. Set. Match. Dieumerci Mbokani doubles Norwich's lead with a firm header from Wes Hoolahan's delightful clip to the far post. But, again, one must wonder where the Villa defence was?!

Dieumerci Mbokani
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Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

Alan Hutton has put in a shift up and down that Villa right flank. But unfortunately for him and his team there haven't been any moments of quality to influence this game. He shins out for a goal-kick...

SUBSTITUTION

Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

Time to shore things up for the hosts. Gary O'Neil comes on for Graham Dorrans in the heart of the Canaries midfield.

Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

Less than 10 minutes for Norwich to hang on for a potentially priceless win. Less than 10 minutes for Villa to salvage something.

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SUBSTITUTION

Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

Final throw of the tactical dice for Aston Villa. On comes Jack Grealish, off goes Jordan Veretout.

Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

Villa substitute Adama Traore smartly tricks his way inside the challenge of Canaries left-back Robbie Brady when he cuts in from the right touchline, flashing a shot past the near post with the aid of a deflection.

Micah Richards can't head the resulting set-piece at goal. And that's despite using a Norwich defender as a climbing frame.

Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

A second Norwich goal would ease the lingering tension at Carrow Road. Nathan Redmond hopes he can be that man as he stands over a 25-yard free-kick. But his effort lacks either the pace or the accuracy to trouble Villa keeper Brad Guzan.

Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

The ball is knocked up towards the Norwich six-yard box by Jordan Veretout. But the Canaries defence see that one coming from a mile. They head clear and, after a bit of pinball, eventually hack clear.

Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

Right, here's a chance. Possibly. Villa free-kick about 40 yards out towards the right touchline. The big lads from the back join Rudy Gestede in the mixer to provide some aerial threat....

Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

By my reckoning, we've not had a shot on target for about 20 minutes. That must change if Villa are to save their skins this afternoon - and possibly this season. No sign of a leveller though...

SUBSTITUTION

Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

Time for Aston Villa to go direct. On trots lanky striker Rudy Gestede in place of Leandro Bacuna. Expect a lot of high crosses into the Norwich box in the last 20 or so minutes...

Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

Adama Traore has breathed fresh life into the Villa side. The winger twice dances into space in the right channel of the Norwich box, only to fail to find a claret and blue shirt with his dinks from the byline.

Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

Ciaran Clark has been pretty steady this afternoon - then the Villa centre-back makes an almighty mess, losing the ball close to the halfway line.

Norwich have two on two as they pour forward, but Dieumerci Mbokani is dispossessed on the edge of the area by a desperate Clark. Perfectly timed tackle - and it had to be.

Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

Pass. Pass. Pass. Possession lost.

That pretty much sums up Aston Villa today. Neat and tidy around midfield, but no attacking punch.

Scott Sinclair and Robbie Brady
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YELLOW CARD

Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

Ryan Bennett was one of the aforementioned yellow and green shirts that tried to wipe out Jordan Ayew. (Think a failed Benjamin Massing-esque attempt on Claudio Caniggia at World Cup Italia 90.) The Norwich man sees a yellow card wafted in his face.

Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

Jordan Ayew is the fella likeliest to haul Villa back into this game. The Ghana international surges forward from deep, a host of yellow and green shirts trying to take him out. They fail, allowing Ayew to go left to Jordan Veretout. His cross is deep and wins an away corner.

Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

Dieumerci Mbokani versus Ciaran Clark is shaping up as the individual battle of the day at Carrow Road. 

Norwich's number nine is being tightly marshaled by the Villa centre-half. The home side lead but have still only mustered one shot on target...

Right on cue, Clark does enough to flick clear another dangerous Norwich ball into the box.

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SUBSTITUTION

Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

Time for a change. Remi Garde has seen enough, sticking up Scott Sinclair's number. The winger is hooked, with Adama Traore replacing him.

Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

Close! Jonny Howson almost grabs Norwich's - and his - second goal of the afternoon. Brad Guzan weakly slaps out Nathan Redmond's 20-yard shot, only to be let off the hook as Howson guides the ball wide of his left-hand post.

Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

Dear, oh dear. Beat. The. Front. Man. Terrible set-piece from Villa and the Canaries fly forward....

Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

Villa go down the right flank again, Scott Sinclair playing in the overlapping Alan Hutton. This time Robbie Brady is penalised by barging the Scotland full-back. Free-kick for Villa in-between the corner flag and the Canaries' penalty area....

Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

No change given by the Norwich defence. Ashley Westwood plants a ball towards the corner, allowing Scott Sinclair to stick on the afterburners. The Villa man is quick....but not as quick as Norwich left-back Robbie Brady. The Irishman wins the footrace as Sinclair clumsily knees the ball out for a goal-kick.

Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

Pretty similar to the pattern of the opening stages of the first half. Villa enjoying more possession, but struggling to penetrate the home defence. Tight.

Scott Sinclair
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Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

Oooh, Villa striker Jordan Ayew goes down in the Norwich box. Few penalty appeals from the Villa players - and rightly so. Ayew is simply outmuscled by Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong, who recovers to stop the Villa man going through one-on-one.

Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

Villa don't hold on to possession for very long, Norwich pinging a long ball forward. Villa keeper Brad Guzan takes a dodgy touch, allowing Norwich striker Dieumerci Mbokani to race down his eyeline. The American swipes clear to his relief.

Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

A huge roar greets the arrival of the home players, who are followed out of the tunnel by a glum-looking Remi Garde. Can't imagine the Villa gaffer is a teacup-throwing sort of manager, but I reckon - judging by his angry head-shaking - that he used a few choice words at the break.

No changes to either team - Villa get this show back on the road.

A sticky situation

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HALF-TIME

Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

Norwich only mustered one shot on target during the opening 45 minutes. One?! Correct, the one from Jonny Howson's right boot. Villa forced Canaries keeper Declan Rudd into a couple of saves as they lead the 'shots-on-target' scoreline. But there's only one statistic that matters....

HALF-TIME

Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

Harsh scoreline on Villa. Probably. They have shaded possession, and territory, but find themselves trailing to Jonny Howson's crisp finish. 

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HALF-TIME

Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

The additional 60 seconds of added time passes rather peacefully. That suits Norwich down to the ground. Not so Villa. They need another rousing half-time rally from Remi Garde...

Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

Villa defender Ciaran Clark tries to knock the ball back into the mixer from a deep corner to the far post. Another corner. Can Villa make this pressure count? Not this time. One minute of added time to restore parity...

Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

Villa free-kick, 35 yards out, central position. They go short to Leandro Bacuna, who is quickly closed out by two home defenders. Corner to Villa....

YELLOW CARD

Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

Ooooh, Jordan Veretout is a lucky boy. The Villa midfielder lunges into a wild tackle on Alex Tettey after being crowded out by a pair of hustling Canaries players. Both feet are off the ground and it is uncontrolled. But, fortunately for the Frenchman, Tettey jumps out of the way. If he hadn't then ref Graham Scott might have gone to his back pocket for a red card...

Jordan Veretout is booked
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Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

Five minutes for Villa to claw their way back into the game before the break.

Scott Sinclair
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Norwich 1-0 Aston Villa

Norwich are warming up nicely now, getting into their groove like a teenager on the dancefloor. Graham Dorrans is seeing plenty of the ball now, trying to orchestrate another home attack. However, Villa stand firm and win back possession in their own half.