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  • Date:05 Nov 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Villa Park
  • Attendance:35,290
  • Bent (29)
    Agbonlahor (47) Bent (61)
  • Pilkington (24) Morison (76)
Goal!

Live Commentary

92mins

David Fox delivers the ball.

91mins

Grant Holt concedes a free kick for a foul on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Grant Holt shown a yellow card. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.

90mins

Headed effort from inside the area by Grant Holt misses to the right of the target.

89mins

Corner taken by David Fox.

88mins

Corner from the right by-line taken by David Fox, clearance made by James Collins. The ball is sent over by David Fox, clearance made by Stephen Warnock.

84mins

Charles N'Zogbia produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

83mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Naughton on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Jermaine Jenas crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.

81mins

Effort from deep inside the area by Alan Hutton misses to the left of the target.

79mins

David Fox takes the inswinging corner, clearance by James Collins. Stephen Ireland challenges David Fox unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Anthony Pilkington from left wing, clearance by Darren Bent.

77mins

Grant Holt crosses the ball, Steve Morison finds the net with a headed goal from close range. Aston Villa 3-2 Norwich.Assist by Grant Holt.

76mins

Stiliyan Petrov fouled by Simeon Jackson, the ref awards a free kick. (Aston Villa) makes a substitution, with Stephen Ireland coming on for Stiliyan Petrov. Direct free kick taken by James Collins.

76mins

Wesley Hoolahan goes off and Simeon Jackson comes on.

75mins

Anthony Pilkington goes into the referee's book.

73mins

Alan Hutton takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

73mins

Anthony Pilkington takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.

72mins

The ball is crossed by Grant Holt, Richard Dunne makes a clearance.

71mins

Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor on Russell Martin, free kick awarded. Russell Martin takes the free kick.

71mins

Corner from right by-line taken by Stiliyan Petrov.

69mins

Centre by Gabriel Agbonlahor, Russell Martin gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Stiliyan Petrov, clearance by Leon Barnett.

67mins

Emile Heskey goes off and Jermaine Jenas comes on.

64mins

The official flags Darren Bent offside. David Fox takes the indirect free kick.

63mins

A cross is delivered by Kyle Naughton.

63mins

David Fox comes on in place of Elliott Bennett.

62mins

The ball is crossed by Gabriel Agbonlahor, Darren Bent gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 3-1 Norwich.Gabriel Agbonlahor provided the assist for the goal.

61mins

Gabriel Agbonlahor is caught offside. John Ruddy takes the free kick.

60mins

Steve Morison takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.

59mins

The ball is crossed by Wesley Hoolahan, clearance by Alan Hutton. Inswinging corner taken by Elliott Bennett, Headed effort from inside the area by Leon Barnett misses to the right of the goal.

57mins

Marc Tierney delivers the ball, save by Shay Given.

55mins

The ball is sent over by Charles N'Zogbia, Leon Barnett makes a clearance. Corner from the right by-line taken by Charles N'Zogbia, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by James Collins misses to the left of the goal.

52mins

Kyle Naughton produces a cross, blocked by Stephen Warnock. Outswinging corner taken by Elliott Bennett, James Collins manages to make a clearance.

49mins

The referee blows for offside against Gabriel Agbonlahor. Russell Martin restarts play with the free kick.

49mins

The ball is crossed by Marc Tierney, Shay Given makes a save.

48mins

Gabriel Agbonlahor scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Aston Villa 2-1 Norwich.

47mins

The referee blows for offside. John Ruddy restarts play with the free kick.

47mins

Elliott Bennett crosses the ball, save by Shay Given.

47mins

Leon Barnett concedes a free kick for a foul on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Leon Barnett is shown a yellow card. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Stiliyan Petrov, Elliott Bennett manages to make a clearance.

46mins

Booking for Andrew Crofts for unsporting behaviour.

46mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov by Andrew Crofts. Free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.

45mins

Darren Bent challenges Elliott Bennett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Anthony Pilkington takes the free kick.

43mins

Shot by Chris Herd went wide right of the target.

41mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kyle Naughton by Gabriel Agbonlahor. John Ruddy takes the direct free kick.

40mins

Grant Holt is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Shay Given takes the free kick.

35mins

Emile Heskey concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Pilkington. Free kick crossed right-footed by Anthony Pilkington, Alan Hutton manages to make a clearance.

34mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Charles N'Zogbia on Kyle Naughton. Charles N'Zogbia receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Andrew Crofts comes on in place of Bradley Johnson. John Ruddy takes the free kick.

33mins

Centre by Charles N'Zogbia. Wesley Hoolahan is booked.

33mins

Wesley Hoolahan fouled by Alan Hutton, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Wesley Hoolahan.

31mins

Corner taken right-footed by Stiliyan Petrov, clearance made by Russell Martin.

30mins

The ball is crossed by Gabriel Agbonlahor, Darren Bent fires in a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Aston Villa 1-1 Norwich.Gabriel Agbonlahor provided the assist for the goal.

28mins

The ball is swung over by Gabriel Agbonlahor.

27mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Warnock by Steve Morison. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.

24mins

Foul by Alan Hutton on Grant Holt, free kick awarded. Anthony Pilkington scores a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Aston Villa 0-1 Norwich.Assist by Grant Holt.

22mins

The ball is sent over by Stephen Warnock, clearance by Leon Barnett.

20mins

Centre by Charles N'Zogbia.

19mins

Darren Bent takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy. Inswinging corner taken by Charles N'Zogbia from the right by-line.

14mins

The ball is swung over by Anthony Pilkington.

13mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wesley Hoolahan by Stiliyan Petrov. Free kick crossed right-footed by Elliott Bennett, Darren Bent makes a clearance.

12mins

James Collins has a shot and went wide left of the goal.

11mins

Steve Morison takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given.

11mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Dunne on Grant Holt. Direct free kick taken by Bradley Johnson.

9mins

The ball is swung over by Marc Tierney.

9mins

Richard Dunne concedes a free kick for a foul on Elliott Bennett. Wesley Hoolahan takes the direct free kick.

9mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Bradley Johnson on Chris Herd. Free kick crossed by Stiliyan Petrov, John Ruddy makes a save.

8mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Pilkington on Emile Heskey. Free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.

7mins

Marc Tierney concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Hutton. Shay Given takes the free kick.

6mins

Elliott Bennett takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given.

5mins

Anthony Pilkington takes a shot. Shay Given makes a save. Inswinging corner taken by Elliott Bennett from the left by-line.

4mins

Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Blocked by Marc Tierney. Inswinging corner taken by Stiliyan Petrov from the left by-line played to the near post, Chris Herd takes a shot. John Ruddy makes a save.

1mins

The ball is swung over by Marc Tierney, Stephen Warnock makes a clearance.

1mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Darren Bent. John Ruddy takes the free kick.

Match Preview

Bannan back for Villa Aston Villa midfielder Barry Bannan is available after a club suspension for their home Barclays Premier League clash with Norwich. The Scotland international was not considered for the 2-2 draw at Sunderland while Villa held an internal inquiry after his arrest on suspicion of drink driving. On-loan Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas is also available after recovering from thigh and calf problems and returning to full training. Full-back Eric Lichaj (hip) is Villa's only injury casualty. Boss Alex McLeish wants Villa to discover a winning mentality after being frustrated at their start during his first season in charge. Villa, who host Norwich on Saturday, are lying in mid-table and remained unbeaten in the Barclays Premier League until early October. But McLeish believes Villa have thrown points away in a repeat of last season when they surrendered 25 from winning positions in games. He said: "I am pleased with the improvement in the squad and the group and I do believe some can improve even further. "But I am a bit frustrated with the league table. I think we should be four points better off, at least. "That's down to that ruthlessness and mental toughness to see things through and get that strength to go over the line in certain moments. "I think there have been a lot of good performances collectively and individually. Last weekend was as good as I have seen us this season. "I want the guys to have a real winning mentality. I want them to go to the end every game, every week and we also want to attack teams but it's not a compromise between attack and defend. "There has been a 50-50 measure. We want to be equally good defensively. Teams that don't lose goals are normally the teams that triumph in the end." Norwich have no fresh injury worries. Captain Grant Holt is pressing for a recall after again coming off the bench last weekend to score when he levelled with a stoppage-time penalty against Blackburn. Centre-back Zak Whitbread continues his recovery from a hamstring injury. Striker James Vaughan, defenders Elliott Ward and Daniel Ayala (all knee) are long-term absentees. Despite having performed well at Chelsea and Manchester United, while winning at Bolton, boss Paul Lambert maintains there will be no thoughts of getting an easy ride at Villa Park. "Going to Villa Park will be a great experience for ourselves. The stadium is lovely, they have a vibrant fanbase as well and a new manager," said the Norwich manager, who could name an unchanged side for the seventh consecutive match. "It is a tough, tough game - but as I have said before we are playing well enough to win."

Formation:433Manager: Alex McLeish

Aston Villa

Formation: 442Manager: Paul Lambert

Norwich

  • Shay Given
  • Alan Hutton
  • Richard Dunne
  • James Collins
  • Stephen Warnock
  • Charles N'Zogbia
  • Chris Herd
  • Stiliyan Petrov
  • Emile Heskey
  • Darren Bent
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
  • SUBS
  • Bradley Guzan
  • Jermaine Jenas
  • Stephen Ireland
  • Marc Albrighton
  • Fabian Delph
  • Ciaran Clark
  • Carlos Cuellar

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Match Report

Bent at the double for Villa Aston Villa striker Darren Bent silenced the Norwich boo boys and warmed up for England's forthcoming internationals with a two-goal blast to seal a 3-2 victory over the Canaries. But his strike partner Gabriel Agbonlahor also did his international hopes no harm by setting up both of Bent's goals and scoring one himself. Norwich had taken the lead through an Anthony Pilkington free-kick but crumbled once Bent had levelled before half-time although Steve Morrison's late goal gave the home side a nervy finale. Bent missed an early chance but then showed the predatory instincts which have made a regular member of Fabio Capello's side since his club record move to Villa. He was given constant stick by the Norwich fans after his spell at Ipswich but had the last laugh in taking his goal tally to five for the campaign. Agbonlahor has been transformed under Alex McLeish and tormented Norwich full-back Kyle Naughton with his pace. He was in Capello's initial squad for last month's international with Montenegro and has been in some of the best form of his career. Norwich made a positive start and created the first opening. Pilkington made a good break down the left flank before picking out Morrison with a low cross. He was able to get in his shot but Richard Dunne was alert to the situation and made an important block. Villa retaliated and Charles N'Zogbia ran onto a pass from Bent but saw his shot strike Marc Tierney at the expense of a corner. The game was flowing from end to end and Shay Given was twice called into action in quick succession. He denied Pilkington after the midfielder had found himself in space and then turned away an effort from Elliott Bennett after he had cut inside. Given blocked a shot on the turn from Morrison after James Collins misjudged a floated Tierney free-kick. Villa came more into the game and Canaries keeper John Ruddy was alert to block an effort from Bent at point-blank range after he had seized onto a back header from Agbonlahor. A superb strike from Pilkington put Norwich ahead after 26 minutes. Villa defender Alan Hutton brought down Holt just outside the Villa box. Up stepped Pilkington and his powerful free-kick curled past the dive of Given into the roof of the net. After half an hour Bent brought Villa level. Agbonlahor outpaced Naughton and this time Bent bundled the ball over the line. N'Zogbia was yellow carded after Tierney was brought down before Johnson was replaced by Andrew Crofts. Norwich substitute Andrew Crofts and Leon Barnett were also booked before half-time. After 48 minutes a mix-up between Naughton and Ruddy saw Agbonlahor put Villa in front. Naughton's back pass was slightly short but Ruddy still looked favourite to win the ball only for Agbonlahor to win the challenge and then have time to slip the ball into an empty net. It was his fifth goal of the season. Villa were now in command and Emile Heskey's near post effort was deflected wide from N'Zogbia's cross. But they were relieved when Leon Barnett headed wide when unmarked from a Bennett corner. Given then got his body behind a low drive from Morrison. After 62 minutes Bent increased Villa's lead - with Agbonlahor again the creator. N'Zogbia's initial ball was cleared but Agbonlahor had the presence of mind to pick out Bent with his low cross and he made no mistake at close range. The Canaries refused to give up and reduced the arrears after 78 minutes. Holt had time on the left to deliver a far post centre and Morrison ghosted in to head past Given. Hutton could have sealed victory for Villa but his cross shot flashed inches wide of the far post.

Form Guide

    DDWLLD
  • Aston Villa
  • VS
  • Norwich
  • WWLWDD

Last Meetings

  • Aston Villa
  • 3 - 0
  • Norwich
  • 15/01/2005
  • Norwich
  • 0 - 0
  • Aston Villa
  • 18/09/2004
  • Norwich
  • 1 - 1
  • Aston Villa
  • 14/05/1995
  • Aston Villa
  • 1 - 1
  • Norwich
  • 15/10/1994
  • Aston Villa
  • 0 - 0
  • Norwich
  • 04/04/1994
  • Norwich
  • 1 - 2
  • Aston Villa
  • 29/12/1993

Top Scorers

Aston Villa

  • G Agbonlahor 4
  • S Petrov 2
  • D Bent 2
  • E Heskey 1
  • R Dunne 1
  • S Warnock 1

Norwich

  • A Pilkington 3
  • G Holt 2
  • S Morison 2
  • B Johnson 2
  • W Hoolahan 1
  • L Barnett 1
  • R Martin 1
  • R De Laet 1

Goals

Aston Villa

    • Total goals 26
    • Goals per game 13
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Norwich

    • Total goals 27
    • Goals per game 14
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) Period 51-60 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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