Saturday November 5, 2011 Day 11 Finished Villa Park

Aston Villa 3 - 2 Norwich City

  • Bent 30’, 62’
  • Agbonlahor 48’
  • Pilkington 25’
  • Morison 77’

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  1. Bent double sinks Norwich

    Bent double sinks Norwich

    Darren Bent scored twice as Aston Villa ended their stuttering run of form with a thrilling 3-2 win over Norwich. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Aston Villa
    • Norwich City
    • 94' That's it! Villa survive the big finish to win 3-2 at Villa Park.
    • 92' We are into the second of four minutes of injury time.
    • 90' Villa are being forced to survive a grandstand finish here. Norwich pushing everything forward for the equaliser.
    • 89' Wasteful from N'Zogbia, who should have slipped Ireland in there.
    • 88' Villa clear the corner and N'Zogbia brings the ball forward in the counter-attac. He carries the ball the length of the field and has Ireland in support to his right, but the Frenchman fails to spot Ireland's run.
    • 86' Norwich have a corner after Jenas heads out a long throw. We could be in for a grandstand finish here.
    • 84' Norwich still believeing they can snatch an equaliser, but holding firm in the closing stages.
    • 81' Jenas has looked good since coming on and his driving run finds Agbonlahor, before Martin recovers to dispossess the Villa man.
    • 79' This game is still alive. Holt clips a teasing ball into the box and finds Morison at the far post, who nods past Given. Game on!
    • 78' GOAL! Morison pulls a goal back!
    • 78' Villa sub: Ireland on, Petrov off
    • 77' Norwich sub: Jackson on, Hoolahan off
    • 76' Pilkington (Norwich) picks up a yellow card.
    • 74' Hutton hits an ambitious effort from 25 yard that sails into row Z.
    • 72' Pilkington finds space on the edge of the box after a one-two with Hoolahan. But Pilkington is unable to generate enough power in his shot and Given is untroubled.
    • 70' Jenas has an instant impact, finding Agbonlahor on the left. His cross causes indecision between Martin and goalkeeper Ruddy - and Villa have a corner. But Martin could have steered that into his own net.
    • 69' Norwich searching for a goal back and are dominating possession without creating any chances of note.
    • 67' Jenas comes on for his long-awaited Villa debut, having spent the last couple of months regaining full fitness.
    • 65' Villa sub: Jenas on, Heskey off
    • 63' Not the cleanest of finishes by Bent, but Villa lead 3-1.
    • 62' Again Bent scores and again he has Agbonlahor to thank. Whipping in an undefendable low cross from the right, Agbonlahor finds Bent who finishes again from close-range.
    • 61' GOAL! Bent makes it 3-1!
    • 59' Barnett almost atones for his earlier error with a glancing header from Bennett's corner. But the effort flashes just wide.
    • 58' Norwich are pushing for an equaliser and Pilkington forces a corner.
    • 56' Villa will be trying to hold out for this one. Remember Villa have lost nine points from winning positions this season.
    • 55' Collins heads the resulting corner wide.
    • 54' Heskey makes a strong run to the near post, but the Villa striker's shot is blocked.
    • 52' Great weaving run by Hoolahan almost results in a great chance for Morison with Villa two-on-two. But Dunne steps in to make a crucial interception.
    • 50' Schoolboy stuff by Barnett. Villa, 1-0 down, are now 2-1 up. Disastrous start to the second half for Paul Lambert's side.
    • 49' Suicidal by Norwich. Rather than blasting the ball out of play for a throw, Barnett leaves Ruddy short with his backpass and Agbonlahor nips in to stroke the ball into the empty net.
    • 48' GOAL! Agbonlahor scores!
    • 48' Darren Bent latches onto Hutton's cross and tucks into the net - but he is flagged offside.
    • 47' Each side will be believing they can take something from this game. It's very well poised for an entertaining second half.
    • 46' Norwich get the second half underway.
    • 49' And that's half time. An entertaining 45 minutes of football ends Aston Villa 1-1 Norwich. Join me in 15 minutes for the second half.
    • 48' We are into the third of four added minutes at Villa Park.
    • 46' In a similar situation to Crofts' booking, Barnett drags Agbonlahor to the ground and the Norwich man goes into the book.
    • 45' Petrov drives forward to launch a Villa counter-attack but is chopped down by Crofts, who rightly sees yellow.
    • 44' Herd drives forward from midfield and lets fly with an ambitious effort from 30 yards, which swerves high and wide. Villa have grown in this first half though.
    • 43' Petrov bursts into space in the box but his cross from the right is batted away by Ruddy.
    • 41' James Collins has taken a blow to the head and has returned to the field with a bandage wrapped around his shaven cranium.
    • 39' N'Zogbia (Aston Villa) has gone into the book for a shirt tug.
    • 38' Johnson, who clashed heads with N'Zogbia earlier on, has been replaced.
    • 37' Norwich sub: Crofts on, Johnson off
    • 36' Hoolahan (Norwich) is booked for dissent.
    • 34' N'Zogbia flashes a ball across from the left this time and Bent can't connect with his volley. Chances aplenty for Villa now.
    • 32' Agbonlahor is starting to cause Norwich real problems with his pace. He wins a corner to keep the pressure on the visitors.
    • 30' Darren Bent taps in for his fourth goal of the season, but this goal was crafted by Agbonlahor. Beating Barnett for speed, Agbonlahor drills a low cross across the face of goal and Bent beats his man to tap in.
    • 29' GOAL! Bent equalises!
    • 27' Stunning free-kick by Pilkington flies beyond Given and into the top corner. Absolute perfect by Pilkington and Norwich have a deserved lead.
    • 26' GOAL! Pilkington scores from the free-kick!
    • 26' Holt is upended by Hutton on the edge of the box and Norwich have a chance to test Given again here.
    • 24' N'Zogbia gets Villa moving with a ball out to Bent on the right wing. Bent puts a ball into the near post that the home fans are claiming struck Tierney on the arm. Replays are inconclusive and we play on.
    • 22' Signs that Villa may be awakening after their drowsy start.
    • 21' It was a tricky one for Bent but, regardless, is the best chance of the first half.
    • 20' Big chance for Villa Heskey heads the ball to Agbonlahor, who flicks it onto Bent. The England striker has to wait for the ball to drop, allowing Ruddy the time to smother the shot and keep Bent's effort out.
    • 18' We're back underway - and that break in play may allow Villa to regroup. They're yet to get out of first gear.
    • 17' N'Zogbia and Johnson have clashed heads and the game has stopped so the pair can receive treatment.
    • 16' Norwich showing real ambition here this afternoon.
    • 14' Hoolahan's delivery is poor but Norwich get another chance, but Barnett miscues his shot.
    • 13' Petrov concedes a free-kick 25 yards from goal and Norwich will send a few big men forward for this one.
    • 12' Given by far the busier of the two keepers so far.
    • 11' Another chance for Morison as a ball is flotaed into the box by Johnson and, on the turn, Morison half-vollies his effort into the arms of Given.
    • 10' Villa are settling down and knocking the ball around with a little more confidence, but they remain second best as Norwich continue to call the shots here.
    • 8' The momentum remains with Norwich here. Villa just not at the races.
    • 7' Tierney causing Villa problems here as he makes another darting run into the box. This time Alan Hutton gets across to block Tierney's run.
    • 6' Villa under the cosh in the early stages.
    • 5' Another chance for Norwich as Pilkington cuts in and tests Given with a curling effort, forcing the Irishman to palm the ball away to his left.
    • 4' Corner is fizzed into the box and Herd miscues his shot, allowing Ruddy to gather.
    • 3' N'Zogbia bursts into space and into the box and his shot is charged down for a corner.
    • 2' Norwich are enjoying the better of the early stages as Pilkington cuts the ball back from the left for Morison, who's shot is blocked by the recovering Dunne.
    • 1' KICK OFF
    • 14.55 Aston Villa are unchanged, so there is no place in the squad for Barry Bannan who returned to training this week after a club suspension. Jermaine Jenas could finally make his debut for the side after joining on loan from Tottenham in the summer, after he's named on the bench. For visitors Norwich Grant Holt returns to the starting line-up in place of David Fox in their only change from the side who drew with Blackburn last weekend.
    • 14.50 As we approach kick off at Villa Park, remember you can send me your comments on Twitter and I'll feed them into the commentary as you send them. You can follow me, Michael Da Silva, on Twitter right here
    • 14.45 ASTON VILLA: Given, Hutton, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, N'Zogbia, Herd, Petrov, Heskey, Bent, Agbonlahor. Subs: Guzan, Jenas, Ireland, Albrighton, Delph, Clark, Cuellar. NORWICH: Ruddy, Naughton, Russell Martin, Barnett, Tierney, Bennett, Johnson, Hoolahan, Pilkington, Holt, Morison. Subs: Rudd, Crofts, Surman, Fox, Jackson, Wilbraham, De Laet.
    • 14.40 Norwich striker Grant Holt has come off the bench to score in each of his last two Premier League matches, netting twice in a total of 58 minutes of football. If he scores today he will become the third player to score in three Premier League matches in a row for the club after Chris Sutton and Dean Ashton.
    • 14.35 Norwich have not won in their last seven Premier League visits to the West Midlands, since the 3-2 victory at Aston Villa in November 1992.
    • 14.30 A concern to Alex McLeish will be what Villa do once they go ahead. They've lost nine points from winning positions this season – more than any other club. They also lost 26 points from winning positions last season – the most in the division.
    • 14.25 Villa go into this game sitting reasonably comfortable in 9th, but will be looking to get a win under their belts after a rather mediocre spell; one win in their last eight Premier League outings has seen them drop below today's opponents.
    • 14.15 Hello everyone. Welcome to live coverage of Aston Villa vs Norwich as 8th plays 9th at Villa Park.
  • Summary

    • 79' This game is still alive. Holt clips a teasing ball into the box and finds Morison at the far post, who nods past Given. Game on!
    • 78' GOAL! Morison pulls a goal back!
    • 70' Jenas has an instant impact, finding Agbonlahor on the left. His cross causes indecision between Martin and goalkeeper Ruddy - and Villa have a corner. But Martin could have steered that into his own net.
    • 62' Again Bent scores and again he has Agbonlahor to thank. Whipping in an undefendable low cross from the right, Agbonlahor finds Bent who finishes again from close-range.
    • 61' GOAL! Bent makes it 3-1!
    • 49' Suicidal by Norwich. Rather than blasting the ball out of play for a throw, Barnett leaves Ruddy short with his backpass and Agbonlahor nips in to stroke the ball into the empty net.
    • 48' GOAL! Agbonlahor scores!
    • 48' Darren Bent latches onto Hutton's cross and tucks into the net - but he is flagged offside.
    • 34' N'Zogbia flashes a ball across from the left this time and Bent can't connect with his volley. Chances aplenty for Villa now.
    • 30' Darren Bent taps in for his fourth goal of the season, but this goal was crafted by Agbonlahor. Beating Barnett for speed, Agbonlahor drills a low cross across the face of goal and Bent beats his man to tap in.
    • 29' GOAL! Bent equalises!
    • 27' Stunning free-kick by Pilkington flies beyond Given and into the top corner. Absolute perfect by Pilkington and Norwich have a deserved lead.
    • 26' GOAL! Pilkington scores from the free-kick!
    • 20' Big chance for Villa Heskey heads the ball to Agbonlahor, who flicks it onto Bent. The England striker has to wait for the ball to drop, allowing Ruddy the time to smother the shot and keep Bent's effort out.
    • 11' Another chance for Morison as a ball is flotaed into the box by Johnson and, on the turn, Morison half-vollies his effort into the arms of Given.
    • 5' Another chance for Norwich as Pilkington cuts in and tests Given with a curling effort, forcing the Irishman to palm the ball away to his left.
    • 14.45 ASTON VILLA: Given, Hutton, Dunne, Collins, Warnock, N'Zogbia, Herd, Petrov, Heskey, Bent, Agbonlahor. Subs: Guzan, Jenas, Ireland, Albrighton, Delph, Clark, Cuellar. NORWICH: Ruddy, Naughton, Russell Martin, Barnett, Tierney, Bennett, Johnson, Hoolahan, Pilkington, Holt, Morison. Subs: Rudd, Crofts, Surman, Fox, Jackson, Wilbraham, De Laet.

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