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Ryan Bennett booked. Gabriel Agbonlahor decides to take the corner short. Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonathan Howson on Christian Benteke. Free kick taken by Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Centre by Kei Kamara, Headed effort from inside the area by Grant Holt misses to the left of the target.
Simeon Jackson on for Javier Garrido.
Gabriel Agbonlahor finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Norwich 1-2 Aston Villa.Ashley Westwood provided the assist for the goal.
Effort on goal by Grant Holt from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Unfair challenge on Bradley Johnson by Ashley Westwood results in a free kick. Javier Garrido takes the direct free kick.
Robert Snodgrass leaves the field to be replaced by Elliott Bennett.
Andreas Weimann challenges Robert Snodgrass unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Russell Martin.
Grant Holt sends in a cross, save by Bradley Guzan.
The ball is crossed by Andreas Weimann, clearance made by Ryan Bennett.
Robert Snodgrass challenges Joe Bennett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ashley Westwood delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance made by Sebastien Bassong.
Unfair challenge on Eric Lichaj by Kei Kamara results in a free kick. Brett Holman on for Yacouba Sylla. Bradley Guzan takes the direct free kick.
Robert Snodgrass sends in a cross, clearance by Ashley Westwood.
Russell Martin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Bennett. Joe Bennett delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, Ryan Bennett makes a clearance.
Robert Snodgrass takes a shot. Nathan Baker gets a block in.
Joe Bennett concedes a Penalty for a foul on Robert Snodgrass. Grant Holt scores a power penalty. Norwich 1-1 Aston Villa.Robert Snodgrass provided the assist for the goal.
The ball is delivered by Sebastien Bassong, Joe Bennett manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Robert Snodgrass, clearance made by Ron Vlaar.
Kei Kamara joins the action as a substitute, replacing Wes Hoolahan.
Wes Hoolahan sends in a cross.
Unfair challenge on Christian Benteke by Sebastien Bassong results in a free kick. Christian Benteke booked for unsporting behaviour. Nathan Baker takes the free kick.
Close range effort by Gabriel Agbonlahor misses to the right of the goal.
Anthony Pilkington delivers the ball.
Robert Snodgrass fouled by Joe Bennett, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Robert Snodgrass from right channel, save by Bradley Guzan.
Fabian Delph produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
A cross is delivered by Robert Snodgrass.
The ball is crossed by Gabriel Agbonlahor, Andreas Weimann takes a shot from close in clearing the crossbar.
Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, save by Bradley Guzan.
The ball is crossed by Russell Martin, clearance made by Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Javier Garrido sends in a cross, Close range headed effort by Wes Hoolahan misses to the right of the target.
Andreas Weimann concedes a free kick for a foul on Bradley Johnson. Jonathan Howson takes the direct free kick.
Bradley Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Gabriel Agbonlahor. Bradley Johnson goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Ashley Westwood crosses the ball in from the free kick, save by Mark Bunn.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gabriel Agbonlahor by Bradley Johnson. Free kick crossed left-footed by Joe Bennett, Mark Bunn makes a save.
Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass to the near post, clearance made by Eric Lichaj.
Gabriel Agbonlahor fires in a goal from outside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Norwich 0-1 Aston Villa.Assist on the goal came from Ashley Westwood.
Fabian Delph challenges Robert Snodgrass unfairly and gives away a free kick. Fabian Delph is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
The ball is sent over by Robert Snodgrass, Grant Holt has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Inswinging corner taken by Ashley Westwood, clearance made by Ryan Bennett.
Wes Hoolahan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yacouba Sylla. Ashley Westwood crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance by Grant Holt.
Anthony Pilkington crosses the ball, save by Bradley Guzan.
Robert Snodgrass crosses the ball, clearance made by Eric Lichaj.
Nathan Baker gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Grant Holt. Free kick crossed by Robert Snodgrass, clearance made by Joe Bennett.
Shot from long range by Christian Benteke misses to the right of the target.
Eric Lichaj gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Javier Garrido. Javier Garrido restarts play with the free kick.
Ron Vlaar has an effort at goal from 35 yards. Blocked by Sebastien Bassong. Shot by Gabriel Agbonlahor. Blocked by Joe Bennett.
Shot from 12 yards by Christian Benteke. Save by Mark Bunn.
The ball is sent over by Gabriel Agbonlahor, clearance made by Javier Garrido. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Westwood from the left by-line, Robert Snodgrass makes a clearance.
Wes Hoolahan is penalised for a handball. Ron Vlaar takes the direct free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Javier Garrido, Grant Holt produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Javier Garrido concedes a free kick for a foul on Yacouba Sylla. Ron Vlaar takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Anthony Pilkington, save made by Bradley Guzan.
Russell Martin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Christian Benteke. Joe Bennett takes the direct free kick.
Andreas Weimann sends in a cross, Mark Bunn makes a save.
Shot by Robert Snodgrass. Save by Bradley Guzan.
Foul by Joe Bennett on Robert Snodgrass, free kick awarded. Robert Snodgrass has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, blocked by Yacouba Sylla.
The ball is crossed by Wes Hoolahan, clearance made by Ashley Westwood.
Fabian Delph has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.
Robert Snodgrass is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Bradley Guzan restarts play with the free kick.
Short corner worked by Robert Snodgrass.
Matthew Lowton goes off and Eric Lichaj comes on. Outswinging corner taken by Ashley Westwood from the right by-line, Ryan Bennett makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Russell Martin by Christian Benteke results in a free kick. Russell Martin takes the free kick.
Gabriel Agbonlahor is caught offside. Free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
Joe Bennett challenges Grant Holt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Centre by Robert Snodgrass, Ryan Bennett takes a shot. Bradley Guzan makes a comfortable save.
Centre by Wes Hoolahan, Joe Bennett makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yacouba Sylla by Bradley Johnson. Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Wes Hoolahan, Joe Bennett manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Wes Hoolahan by Joe Bennett results in a free kick. Joe Bennett receives a yellow card. Russell Martin takes the free kick.
Foul by Grant Holt on Nathan Baker, free kick awarded. Bradley Guzan takes the direct free kick.
Shot by Andreas Weimann. Save made by Mark Bunn.
The ball is swung over by Anthony Pilkington, Joe Bennett fouled by Robert Snodgrass, the ref awards a free kick. Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Anthony Pilkington, clearance by Matthew Lowton.
Gabriel Agbonlahor takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Sebastien Bassong. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ashley Westwood from the right by-line, Robert Snodgrass makes a clearance.
Robert Snodgrass delivers the ball.
Wes Hoolahan sends in a cross, clearance by Joe Bennett.
Anthony Pilkington sends in a cross, save made by Bradley Guzan.
Unfair challenge on Sebastien Bassong by Christian Benteke results in a free kick. Mark Bunn takes the free kick.
Robert Snodgrass delivers the ball, Matthew Lowton makes a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Robert Snodgrass, Foul by Sebastien Bassong on Christian Benteke, free kick awarded. Bradley Guzan takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Nathan Baker by Robert Snodgrass results in a free kick. Ron Vlaar takes the free kick.
Ruddy ready for Canaries return
Goalkeeper John Ruddy is in contention to make his return for Norwich after five months out with a thigh injury in the Barclays Premier League game against Aston Villa.
Defender Sebastien Bassong has shaken off an ankle problem, but fellow centre-half Michael Turner (groin) is still sidelined.
Forward Kei Kamara plays the last match of his loan spell from Major League Soccer club Sporting Kansas City, and will return to the United States unless a permanent transfer is agreed.
Defender Sebastien Bassong will be ready to adapt himself again as he looks to shackle Aston Villa hitman Christian Benteke and help Norwich secure their top-flight status with victory.
Belgian frontman Benteke crashed in a hat-trick as Villa thumped Sunderland 6-1 on Monday night to move five points clear of the drop zone.
Norwich head into the showdown with former manager Paul Lambert on 38 points, and needing at least one more win from their final three games, two of which are at home, to avoid being dragged into a late scrap for survival.
Cameroon centre-back Bassong, who has shaken off an ankle problem, is relishing the duels ahead.
He said: "Benteke is a good player. There are a lot of good players in the Premier League and week in, week out we play against one or two great strikers, so Benteke is another one we have to deal with.
"If you're going to be a good defender you are going to have to play against all types of strikers.
"Benteke is big, but he is good with his feet. (Luis) Suarez is shorter, but he is quicker. They all have different strengths and I have to adapt myself."
Aston Villa could be without defender Ciaran Clark and midfielder Karim El Ahmadi.
The pair missed Monday's 6-1 win over Sunderland, with Clark struggling with a foot injury and El Ahmadi a groin strain, and will be assessed ahead of the trip to Carrow Road.
Villa manager Paul Lambert has no other new headaches ahead of his return to his old club, with Richard Dunne, Marc Albrighton, Gary Gardner and Chris Herd all long-term absentees.
Lambert has played down the emotion surrounding his return and insisted he is fully focused on maintaining his side's recent good form.
The Scot enjoyed three hugely successful years at Carrow Road, guiding the Canaries to consecutive promotions and an impressive first season in the Barclays Premier League before leaving on acrimonious terms.
It marks his second return to Carrow Road since leaving, having beaten his old team 4-1 in the Capital One Cup earlier this season. And Lambert insists his links with the club will be far from his thoughts if Villa beat 14th-placed
Norwich and worsen their plight while boosting his own side's survival bid.
"I think if you get caught up in my connection there it deflects from the game," he said. "It's not about me going back there because I've been back already. I had three fabulous years there and took a team from League One, built it up, the crowd bought into it, the lads I worked with were fantastic.
"It's another game and I'm looking forward to going down there. I have fantastic memories there but it has gone.
"I'm looking forward to it because I had three really enjoyable years there that I don't think anyone would have seen coming.
"The players I worked with were fantastic and one or two are still there. I probably know them better than they know themselves, really.
"There's a few teams right in the relegation battle anyway. We know we've got a hard game there but we're certainly playing well enough. That's the big difference.
"My job is here. We have to win. If our fans are anything like they were for the cup game then we'll be taking a ferocious support down there. It will be a tough game but we're certainly playing well."
Norwich 1-2 Aston Villa: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.
Agbonlahor stuns Canaries
Gabriel Agbonlahor struck a last-minute winner to give Aston Villa what could be a crucial victory in their battle to stay in the Barclays Premier League as Paul Lambert returned to beat his old club Norwich 2-1 at Carrow Road.
Villa have injected fresh life into their survival bid with a decent run of form, thumping Sunderland 6-1 on Monday night, and they did enough to merit another maximum-points haul with two fine goals from Agbonlahor in the second half.
The Villa winger had drilled in a superb 25-yard effort after 55 minutes, which was cancelled out by a penalty from Norwich captain Grant Holt.
However, Lambert - who had guided the Canaries to successive promotions back up into the top flight before an acrimonious departure last summer - enjoyed the last laugh as Agbonlahor rolled in a late winner which leaves his old club still looking anxiously over their shoulders heading into the final two matches.
Norwich boss Chris Hughton had again left out fit-again England goalkeeper John Ruddy as Mark Bunn retained his place, while Wes Hoolahan came into the side as Kei Kamara started the final match of his loan spell from the Major Soccer League as a substitute.
The home side started brightly, with wingers Anthony Pilkington and Robert Snodgrass dangerous down the flanks. Villa, however, looked dangerous on the break as Agbonlahor's shot was blocked behind.
Norwich floated a deep free-kick through the Villa penalty box towards the far post, where Ryan Bennett's downward header lacked any real pace to trouble goalkeeper Brad Guzan.
Villa were forced into a change after 27 minutes when Matthew Lowton hobbled off, replaced by Eric Lichaj.
Joe Bennett tugged Snodgrass' shirt on the edge of the Villa box, with the Norwich midfielder hitting the resulting free-kick straight into the wall, before then testing Guzan as he lashed the rebounded back goalwards.
At the other end, Andreas Weimann's deflected cross had Bunn scrambling down quickly at his near post.
Norwich full-back Javier Garrido got forward on the overlap down the left and his cross was just missed by Pilkington before being headed over by Holt.
The Spaniard was then forced into some defensive duties as he blocked a cross from Agbonlahor which looped up and onto the top of the crossbar.
Villa opened up the Norwich defence at the start of the second half when Benteke waltzed into the penalty area, only to then shoot tamely at Bunn from 10 yards out.
The visitors did break the deadlock after 55 minutes. Agbonlahor picked the ball up just inside the Norwich half and as the defenders back off, the Villa winger surged forwards before unleashing a superb strike into the bottom corner from 25 yards.
The midfielder ran over to celebrate with the jubilant Villa fans, while manager Lambert remained a figure of composure in the technical area.
Norwich looked for an immediate response but Hoolahan failed to connect with a deep cross from the left after arriving unmarked at the back post.
Villa, though, should have made it 2-0 moments later when Agbonlahor darted away down the left and floated a lovely ball back across the face of goal - where Weimann somehow sent his half-volley over the bar from two yards.
Benteke and Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong got involved in an unnecessary confrontation, with both players raising hands and were somewhat fortunate to only be shown yellow cards.
With 20 minutes left, Kamara replaced Hoolahan - a change which was greeted with chants of "you don't know what you are doing" by some in the home crowd.
Not long after, those same supporters were in more positive mood as Holt equalised from the spot after 74 minutes.
Snodgrass got away down the right and cut back into the area, where he was bundled over by Bennett.
Holt had missed Norwich's only other penalty this season, in stoppage time here against Southampton, but he made no mistake this time as he crashed the ball into the bottom left corner.
Both sides pressed for what would be a crucial winner in their battle for Premier League safety.
It was Agbonlahor who secured a crucial three points for Villa when he got goalside of Bassong before rolling the ball into the far corner.
Norwich pressed in stoppage time, with Holt's header floating wide as Villa closed out for a hard-earned victory.
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