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David Fox delivers the ball.
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.
Headed effort from inside the area by Grant Holt misses to the right of the target.
Corner taken by David Fox.
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.
Charles N'Zogbia produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
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.
Effort from deep inside the area by Alan Hutton misses to the left of the target.
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.
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.
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.
Wesley Hoolahan goes off and Simeon Jackson comes on.
Anthony Pilkington goes into the referee's book.
Alan Hutton takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
Anthony Pilkington takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.
The ball is crossed by Grant Holt, Richard Dunne makes a clearance.
Foul by Gabriel Agbonlahor on Russell Martin, free kick awarded. Russell Martin takes the free kick.
Corner from right by-line taken by Stiliyan Petrov.
Centre by Gabriel Agbonlahor, Russell Martin gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Stiliyan Petrov, clearance by Leon Barnett.
Emile Heskey goes off and Jermaine Jenas comes on.
The official flags Darren Bent offside. David Fox takes the indirect free kick.
A cross is delivered by Kyle Naughton.
David Fox comes on in place of Elliott Bennett.
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.
Gabriel Agbonlahor is caught offside. John Ruddy takes the free kick.
Steve Morison takes a shot. Save by Shay Given.
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.
Marc Tierney delivers the ball, save by Shay Given.
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.
Kyle Naughton produces a cross, blocked by Stephen Warnock. Outswinging corner taken by Elliott Bennett, James Collins manages to make a clearance.
The referee blows for offside against Gabriel Agbonlahor. Russell Martin restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Marc Tierney, Shay Given makes a save.
Gabriel Agbonlahor scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Aston Villa 2-1 Norwich.
The referee blows for offside. John Ruddy restarts play with the free kick.
Elliott Bennett crosses the ball, save by Shay Given.
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.
Booking for Andrew Crofts for unsporting behaviour.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stiliyan Petrov by Andrew Crofts. Free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.
Darren Bent challenges Elliott Bennett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Anthony Pilkington takes the free kick.
Shot by Chris Herd went wide right of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kyle Naughton by Gabriel Agbonlahor. John Ruddy takes the direct free kick.
Grant Holt is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Shay Given takes the free kick.
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.
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.
Centre by Charles N'Zogbia. Wesley Hoolahan is booked.
Wesley Hoolahan fouled by Alan Hutton, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Wesley Hoolahan.
Corner taken right-footed by Stiliyan Petrov, clearance made by Russell Martin.
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.
The ball is swung over by Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Warnock by Steve Morison. Shay Given restarts play with the free kick.
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.
The ball is sent over by Stephen Warnock, clearance by Leon Barnett.
Centre by Charles N'Zogbia.
Darren Bent takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy. Inswinging corner taken by Charles N'Zogbia from the right by-line.
The ball is swung over by Anthony Pilkington.
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.
James Collins has a shot and went wide left of the goal.
Steve Morison takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Dunne on Grant Holt. Direct free kick taken by Bradley Johnson.
The ball is swung over by Marc Tierney.
Richard Dunne concedes a free kick for a foul on Elliott Bennett. Wesley Hoolahan takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Bradley Johnson on Chris Herd. Free kick crossed by Stiliyan Petrov, John Ruddy makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Pilkington on Emile Heskey. Free kick taken by Stephen Warnock.
Marc Tierney concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Hutton. Shay Given takes the free kick.
Elliott Bennett takes a shot. Save made by Shay Given.
Anthony Pilkington takes a shot. Shay Given makes a save. Inswinging corner taken by Elliott Bennett from the left by-line.
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.
The ball is swung over by Marc Tierney, Stephen Warnock makes a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Darren Bent. John Ruddy takes the free kick.
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."
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.
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