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Match report: Villa 2-0 Norwich

Game details

Match: Aston Villa v Norwich City
Date: April 1, 2017 
Competition: Championship
Venue: Villa Park
Kick-off: 3pm
Attendance: 32,065
Weather:  11C, mostly cloudy

Scoring summary 

Kodjia (25, 87)     

Analysis

Jonathan Kodjia took his total for the season to 17 with two goals which gave Villa a hard-earned victory over a slick Norwich City outfit.

Kodjia’s opener was among the best he has scored in claret and blue. 

Moving on to Scott Hogan’s through ball, he raced through the right-hand channel before cutting inside a defender to send a blistering left-foot drive into the top corner.

Hogan almost made it 2-0 in the 33rd minute, turning smartly following Conor Hourihane’s cross to deliver a close-range shot that keeper Michael McGovern tipped for a corner.

Sadly, that was Hogan’s final contribution, the striker limping off injured a few minutes later. 

That obviously restricted Villa’s attacking options, although they still created chances. 

On the hour, Nathan Baker’s headed was cleared off the line before Hourihane’s follow-up effort hit the bar, while Kodjia volleyed wide from an Albert Adomah cross.

The visitors, who had Ivo Pinto sent off for two bookable offences, dominated possession, but Villa defended stubbornly and Sam Johnstone made a couple of excellent saves.

Three minutes from the end, a mix-up between McGovern and Ryan Bennett allowed Kodjia to nip in and tap home his second.   

Misconduct summary

Villa bookings

Lansbury (foul) 

Norwich red card

Pinto (two bookable offences)  

Line-ups

VILLA: Johnstone; Hutton, Chester (c), Baker, Taylor; Adomah, Lansbury (Green 87), Jedinak; Adomah, Hourihane (Gardner 68); Hogan (Amavi 37), Kodjia. Unused subs: Bunn, Elphick, Bree, Grealish.

NORWICH CITY: McGovern; Pinto, Bennett, Martin (c), Whittaker; Tettey (Oliveira 76), Dorrans (Naismith HT); Murphy (Wildschut, 71), Howson, Pritchard; Jerome. Unused subs: Ruddy, Klose, Maddison, Murphy. 

Officials

Referee:  Jeremy Simpson
Assistant Referee 1:  Nick Hopton
Assistant referee 2:  Nigel Lugg  
Fourth Official: James Adcock  



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