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  • Date:02 Mar 2014
  • Kick-off:16:30
  • Venue:Villa Park
  • Attendance:30,303
  • Benteke (24)
    Benteke (26) Benteke (26)
    Bacuna (36) Sebastien Bassong - og (40)
  • Hoolahan (2)

Live Commentary

91:56 +1.56

Centre by Anthony Pilkington.

91:48 +1.48

Unfair challenge on Johan Elmander by Karim El Ahmadi results in a free kick.

The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:54 +0.54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Russell Martin on Bradley Guzan.


Free kick taken by Bradley Guzan.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Johan Elmander on Ashley Westwood.


Russell Martin produces a cross.


Russell Martin delivers the ball.


Shot by Gary Hooper. Bradley Guzan parries the ball away.


Russell Martin takes the free kick.


Johan Elmander fouled by Gabriel Agbonlahor, the ref awards a free kick.


Joseph Yobo manages to make a clearance.


John Ruddy restarts play with the free kick.


Grant Holt joins the action as a substitute, replacing Christian Benteke.


Marc Albrighton comes on in place of Andreas Weimann.


The assistant referee signals for offside against Gabriel Agbonlahor.


(Norwich) makes a substitution, with Jonathan Howson coming on for Alexander Tettey.


Unfair challenge on Andreas Weimann by Martin Olsson results in a free kick.


Joseph Yobo manages to make a clearance.


Corner taken by Ashley Westwood.


Centre by Fabian Delph.


Corner taken by Ashley Westwood.


Johan Elmander takes a shot and missed to the left of the goal.


Christian Benteke gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joseph Yobo.


Ron Vlaar manages to make a clearance.


Sebastien Bassong restarts play with the free kick.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bradley Johnson by Gabriel Agbonlahor.


Karim El Ahmadi concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Olsson.


Clearance by Nathan Baker.


Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.


Sebastien Bassong manages to make a clearance.


Leandro Bacuna delivers the ball.


(Norwich) makes a substitution, with Johan Elmander coming on for Nathan Redmond.


Clearance by Sebastien Bassong.


The ball is sent over by Leandro Bacuna.


Clearance by Sebastien Bassong.


Christian Benteke fouled by Joseph Yobo, the ref awards a free kick.


Fabian Delph restarts play with the free kick.


The ball is swung over by Christian Benteke.


Joseph Yobo makes a clearance.


Centre by Wes Hoolahan.


Gabriel Agbonlahor heads at goal. John Ruddy makes a block.


Clearance made by Martin Olsson.


Gabriel Agbonlahor delivers the ball.


Clearance by Sebastien Bassong.

The referee starts the second half.

The ref blows to end the first period.

46:56 +1.56

Robert Snodgrass concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Bertrand.


Robert Snodgrass goes off and Anthony Pilkington comes on.


The assistant referee flags for offside against Gary Hooper.


John Ruddy takes the free kick.


Christian Benteke is caught offside.


Fabian Delph sends in a cross.


Russell Martin makes a clearance.


Karim El Ahmadi takes a shot. Bradley Johnson gets a block in.


Leandro Bacuna scores with their left foot. Aston Villa 3-1 Norwich.Assist by Andreas Weimann.


Ron Vlaar makes a clearance.


Robert Snodgrass fouled by Ashley Westwood, the ref awards a free kick.


The ball is crossed by Robert Snodgrass.


Robert Snodgrass decides to take a short corner.


Headed chance falls to Wes Hoolahan. Bradley Guzan parries the effort to safety.


Unfair challenge on Bradley Johnson by Gabriel Agbonlahor results in a free kick.


Russell Martin takes the free kick.


Russell Martin fouled by Christian Benteke, the ref awards a free kick.


Fabian Delph restarts play with the free kick.


Foul by Alexander Tettey on Nathan Baker, free kick awarded.


Corner taken by Ashley Westwood. Christian Benteke grabs a goal with a headed effort. Aston Villa 2-1 Norwich.The assist for the goal came from Ashley Westwood.


The ball is crossed by Ron Vlaar.


Clearance by Joseph Yobo.


Robert Snodgrass challenges Fabian Delph unfairly and gives away a free kick.


Christian Benteke grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Aston Villa 1-1 Norwich.Assist on the goal came from Ron Vlaar.


Nathan Redmond has an effort at goal. Bradley Guzan blocks the ball.


Clearance made by Ryan Bertrand.


John Ruddy restarts play with the free kick.


Alexander Tettey fouled by Andreas Weimann, the ref awards a free kick.


Ryan Bertrand restarts play with the free kick.


Unfair challenge on Ryan Bertrand by Robert Snodgrass results in a free kick.


Clearance by Joseph Yobo.


Centre by Karim El Ahmadi.


Martin Olsson makes a clearance.


Andreas Weimann challenges Martin Olsson unfairly and gives away a free kick.


Clearance by Joseph Yobo.


Foul by Nathan Baker on Gary Hooper, free kick awarded.


Alexander Tettey makes a clearance.


The ball is sent over by Andreas Weimann.


Wes Hoolahan grabs a goal with a left foot finish. Aston Villa 0-1 Norwich.Assist by Gary Hooper.


Corner taken by Ashley Westwood from the left by-line.


Clearance by Sebastien Bassong.


Foul by Wes Hoolahan on Fabian Delph, free kick awarded.

The game gets underway.

Match Preview

City "just another game" to Lambert Paul Lambert will not risk falling "flat on his face" by attaching extra meaning to Aston Villa's clash with his former club Norwich. The Scot left Carrow Road acrimoniously in 2012 to take over at Villa Park and has repeatedly insisted he wants to put that period firmly in the past. Lambert, who is unbeaten against his former club with three wins and a draw in all competitions, insists he bears "no grudge" against the Canaries hierarchy. "It's just another game," he said ahead of Sunday's Barclays Premier League match at Villa Park. "If you go down that road of prioritising what game is more important than another I think you end up flat on your face. It's just another game for me. "I've been involved in too many of them now. The first one (is different), maybe, going back to Carrow Road when you don't know what people are thinking. But I've had a few now and it's just a game that we'll go and try to win." Lambert added: "I think circumstances dictate certain things. I had a great three years there. I had a group of lads who were so close to each other and so good together and performed incredibly. "You inherit a group of lads, start to change one or two and it became stronger and stronger. The crowd and the lads bought into it and we got promotion twice, which was great. "I had a great group of guys there who were 100% right on it and became so close. The dressing room was so tight with each other. Nothing ever got leaked out or broke the bond, really. "If you ask me who achieved the success at Norwich, it was the players. My staff and I were a little component in it. "But the players are the ones who deserve the credit for doing what they did." Lambert insists the bitter nature of his departure is no longer an issue. "I never look back on it," he said. "It's gone. What happened happened and I don't hold any grudge with Norwich City. It's not something I think about anymore. It's gone." Russell Martin feels Norwich have shown they "mean business" in the battle to stay up and will be out to produce another big result. The Canaries put some daylight between themselves and the relegation zone with a much-needed 1-0 win over Tottenham at Carrow Road, which eased the pressure on manager Chris Hughton following an alarming run of form. And defender Martin is confident finally getting the rewards for hard work can act as a catalyst for the end-of-season run-in. "In the past few weeks we have not got what we deserved, so to finally get a result against a team like Spurs is a big result for us," Martin said on Canaries Player. "Hopefully that can give people the belief that we mean business, especially at this time of the season." With Villa being managed by former Norwich boss Lambert, there is always an extra edge to the fixture. Martin, who is now the club captain, feels it is about time the Canaries finally got one over the man who guided them up from League One back into the Premier League. "We should have won at Villa Park last season and the Capital One Cup game at our place for 60 minutes there was only one team in it and it all fell to pieces somehow," Martin said. "This season was the one when I felt we had chances and played well, like Cardiff City at home, and the only difference was Villa nicked a goal. "We know they have that threat on the counter so that is one to be wary of. It is about us. We will try and dictate and play at the tempo and with the style we want." Norwich are waiting on diagnosis from the Leroy Fer's hamstring injury, so fit-again midfielder Jonny Howson could come into contention, along with Wes Hoolahan, who was the subject of a January bid from Villa. Former Norwich captain Grant Holt, meanwhile, could face his old club, whom he left Norfolk for Wigan last summer, before heading to Villa on loan in January. Scotland international Martin, though, would relish the opportunity of facing his former team-mate, who has been used mostly as a substitute by Lambert. "It will be good to have a catch up and to see him, but he plays for Aston Villa and I play for Norwich so during the game that friendship means nothing," Martin said at a press conference. "I am sure he will try the verbals beforehand and I would expect nothing less, but I would like to think I have better banter than him." Martin added: "It will certainly be different playing against him, but we need to stop him doing what he does best and what he produced on numerous occasions for us. "I wouldn't have any problem if I had to mark him at a set piece. "If there is a chance for him to smash me and vice versa we'd both enjoy that, but I don't want him to score, or anyone for that matter, whether it's (Christian) Benteke or (Gabriel) Agbonlahor. I want us to keep a clean sheet and win the game."

Formation:433Manager: Paul Lambert

Aston Villa

Formation: 4411Manager: Chris Hughton


  • Bradley Guzan
  • Leandro Bacuna
  • Ron Vlaar
  • Nathan Baker
  • Ryan Bertrand
  • Karim El Ahmadi
  • Ashley Westwood
  • Fabian Delph
  • Andreas Weimann
  • Christian Benteke
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
  • SUBS
  • Joe Bennett
  • Ciaran Clark
  • Marc Albrighton
  • Jed Steer
  • Yacouba Sylla
  • Grant Holt
  • Callum Robinson



Match Report

Form Guide

  • Aston Villa
  • VS
  • Norwich

Last Meetings

  • Norwich
  • 0 - 1
  • Aston Villa
  • 21/09/2013
  • Norwich
  • 1 - 2
  • Aston Villa
  • 04/05/2013
  • Aston Villa
  • 1 - 1
  • Norwich
  • 27/10/2012
  • Norwich
  • 2 - 0
  • Aston Villa
  • 13/05/2012
  • Aston Villa
  • 3 - 2
  • Norwich
  • 05/11/2011
  • Aston Villa
  • 3 - 0
  • Norwich
  • 15/01/2005

Top Scorers

Aston Villa

  • C Benteke 5
  • L Kozak 4
  • L Bacuna 4
  • G Agbonlahor 3
  • A Weimann 3
  • K El Ahmadi 2
  • F Delph 2
  • A Westwood 1
  • A Luna 1


  • G Hooper 4
  • R Snodgrass 3
  • L Fer 3
  • B Johnson 2
  • J Howson 2
  • S Whittaker 1
  • A Pilkington 1
  • R Bennett 1
  • R van Wolfswinkel 1
  • N Redmond 1


Aston Villa

    • Total goals 64
    • Goals per game 27
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins


    • Total goals 57
    • Goals per game 20
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 6 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 9 (Against) Period 81-90 mins