Sunday May 13, 2012 Day 38 Finished Carrow Road

  1. Holt helps Norwich to victory

    Holt helps Norwich to victory

    Grant Holt's 17th goal of the season helped Norwich City to a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa at Carrow Road. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Norwich City
    • Aston Villa
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this and every Premier League goal from 00:01 on Monday (UK time). Thanks for joining me!
    • FT The referee blows up for full-time to bring the Premier League season to a close! It's finished Norwich City 2-0 Aston Villa.
    • 90+1' Bannan shoots from miles out and his shot flies just a whisker over the bar!
    • 90' Hoolahan shoots but his effort is deflected and Given collects the loose ball.
    • 89' The Norwich fans are in fine voice as we go into the last minute of normal time.
    • 88' Ireland fouls Johnson and goes into the referee's notebook as a result.
    • 87' Bennett crosses into the Villa area but Collins is there to head clear.
    • 86' More possession football from Norwich City...
    • 84' There's not a great deal happening at Carrow Road; Villa have given up and Norwich are happy to knock the ball around for the last five minutes of the season.
    • 83' This has been an excellent performance by Norwich City and a fitting end to an excellent season for the Canaries.
    • 82' The signs weren't good for Villa going into this game; they've won just one of their 10 away games on the final day of a Premier League season (3-1 at Chelsea in 2002).
    • 81' As it stands, Norwich will finish 11th this season.
    • 80' ASTON VILLA SUB: Baker comes on for Warnock.
    • 78' Norwich fans, where do you Paul Lambert needs to add to your squad in the summer? Let's hear your views in the comments box.
    • 77' Given rushes to the edge of his box to collect a loose ball and is caught by Wilbraham. Free-kick.
    • 76' NORWICH CITY SUB: Howson goes off to a standing ovation, with Crofts coming on in his place.
    • 75' Bennett waltzes into the Villa penalty area but sends his shot just over!
    • 74' The attendance at Carrow Road is 26,803.
    • 73' Ireland heads over under pressure from Bennett.
    • 72' Morison crosses to Bennett but a poor first touch sees the ball go behind for a goal-kick. Great cross from former Millwall striker Morison.
    • 71' Agbonlahor twists and turns to earn a yard of space before curling a shot goalwards but Ruddy gets to it.
    • 70' Man City need to score two goals in the final 20 minutes of the season to win the title, assuming Man Utd remain ahead at Sunderland.
    • 69' Unbelievable scenes at the Etihad Stadium! Ten-man QPR have taken a 2-1 lead! Manchester City v QPR: LIVE
    • 68' DOUBLE NORWICH SUB: Wilbraham and Morison come on for Holt and Jackson.
    • 67' Bennett crosses from the right, Holt tries to get it but a Villa defender beats him to the ball to put the ball behind for a corner!
    • 66' ASTON VILLA SUB: Cuellar, who presented Norwich with their second goal, makes way for Gardner.
    • 65' Johnson shoots from distance but his effort drifts well wide.
    • 63' Looks like we might see a sub or two in the next few minutes...
    • 62' Ohhh! Jackson goes close with a low shot but Given gets across with a superb diving save.
    • 60' Holt delivers a superb cross which Bennett connects with but the ball falls into the hands of Given.
    • 59' A Collins block gives Norwich a corner.
    • 58' Norwich started this season half slowly but look to be back in the swing of things and are dominating possession.
    • 57' Right, back to Carrow Road. Collins rises to head clear with Lappin lurking dangerously.
    • 56' Mayhem at the Etihad Stadium! Joey Barton (who else?) has been sent off for elbowing Tevez and then kicks out at Aguaro before trying to headbutt Kompany!
    • 55' The Canaries have seen their woodwork struck 25 times this season, the most of all teams.
    • 54' It's worth noting that QPR's equaliser against Man City lifts them out of the relegation zone, sending Bolton down in the process. All change at both ends of the table!
    • 53' Jackson shows a burst of pace but is brought down by Clark, who earns a yellow card for his troubles.
    • 52' Howson releases Holt, who goes for goal from the edge of the penalty area but the shot is blocked and Given collects.
    • 51' There's been another goal at the Etihad Stadium - QPR have equalised against Man City, putting Man Utd top of the league! Man City v QPR: LIVE
    • 50' Aston Villa made a sub at the break, with Herd replaced by Bannan.
    • 49' Ruddy was voted Norwich's player of the season and you can see why with two excellent saves there.
    • 48' Ruddy produces another excellent save to deny Heskey!
    • 47' Johnson gifts Heskey possession and the Villa striker finds Ireland, who sees is shot well saved by Ruddy.
    • 46' We're back underway at Carrow Road.
    • 45' The referee blows up for half-time to bring an excellent first half performance by Norwich City to an end.
    • 44' Johnson curls in the free-kick, it's half-cleared but only to Hoolahan but his shot fails to trouble Given.
    • 43' Norwich have a free-kick right on the edge of the Villa penalty area.
    • 42' Goal at the Etihad Stadium! Manchester City have taken the lead and are on course to become Premier League champions. Man City v QPR: LIVE
    • 41' That's an awful corner from Villa and Norwich clear their lines.
    • 40' Ruddy's called into action to put Lichaj's shot behind for a corner.
    • 38' Norwich have the best cross completion rate in the Premier League this season (25%) and you can see why. The quality of their deliveries has been superb thus far.
    • 37' Johnson whips in a first-time cross and Jackson nearly gets to it at the near post but for good defending by Collins.
    • 36' Given produces another smart save to palm Bennett's shot wide.
    • 35' The "Oles" have started in the stands already and we're not even at half-time.
    • 34' Norwich look to release Jackson but it's an awkward ball to control and Dunne and Collins crowd out the striker to win back possession for Villa.
    • 33' Bennett, who has only scored once so far this season, goes for goal but his effort drifts wide.
    • 32' Ruddy's clearance sparks a Norwich counter-attack, with Bennett looking to feed Jackson, but the striker has just drifted offside.
    • 31' Ruddy comes for the corner and connects with a strong punch to clear the danger.
    • 30' Villa corner.
    • 29' A Villa attack breaks down all too easily, like pretty much every move has so far this afternoon.
    • 28' Norwich have a free-kick on the edge of their own penalty area after good work from Lappin.
    • 27' You can see why Aston Villa are where they are in the league. They've been awful so far this afternoon.
    • 26' Jackson slips into the Villa penalty area and there's an appeal for handball but the referee waves play on.
    • 25' Great defending from Martin to clear the ball while down on the ground.
    • 24' If Aston Villa fail to win then they will equal their all-time record of only 7 wins in a season (set in 12-team divisions in 1889-90 & 1890-91).
    • 23' Goal at the Stadium of Light! Wayne Rooney has put Manchester United ahead, while Man City are still being held 0-0 by QPR.
    • 22' Awful defending from Cuellar there when trying to clear the ball. What was he thinking?!
    • 21' GOAL! Jackson doubles Norwich's lead! Villa full-back Cuellar heads the ball right into the path of Jackson and the 25-year-old fires home at the second attempt.
    • 20' A round of applause goes around the ground in support of Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in March.
    • 19' Lappin, four-and-a-half years after he last scored, goes for goal with a curling effort which is just wide!
    • 18' Norwich have a free-kick just outside the penalty area.
    • 17' The Canaries have gone 13 Premier League games without a clean sheet and conceded 14 goals in their last four matches but Villa have caused the home side very few problems so far.
    • 16' Holt is now only the eighth Norwich player to score 70 goals for the club.
    • 15' We've also seen goals at West Brom-Arsenal, Wigan-Wolves and Spurs-Fulham this afternoon. You can keep tabs on all the scores and scorers here.
    • 14' It's fair to say Norwich are up for this today! There's a party atmosphere at Carrow Road.
    • 13' Given makes a superb one-handed save to put Howson's 25-year-old curler behind for a corner!
    • 12' Having seen a replay it looks like Holt may have used his hand for the goal.
    • 11' That's Holt's 17th goal of the season - a superb return from the 31-year-old striker, he's been a revelation this season.
    • 10' GOAL! Norwich take the lead and it's Holt! Johnson whips in a superb curling free-kick and Holt puts the ball in the back of the net with his chest!
    • 9' Holt is the first player to go into the book for standing in front of a Villa free-kick and blocking the ball.
    • 8' We've got minute-by-minute coverage of all 10 Premier League games for you this afternoon. Just go here and pick your match.
    • 7' Bennett plays an early cross into the penalty area and Holt goes down in a half-hearted penalty appeal but the referee's having none of it.
    • 6' Holt beats the offside trap but Lichaj recovers, forcing Holt to move the ball wide to Bennett, but his cross is blocked.
    • 5' Jackson steals the ball off Dunne but uses his arm in doing so and the ref blows up for a free-kick.
    • 4' Lappin clears the cross at the near post. Villa regain possession but Ireland skews his shot well wide.
    • 3' Villa earn the first corner of the game.
    • 2' "One Paul Lambert, there's only one Paul Lambert," sing the Norwich fans - and rightly so, the Canaries boss has worked wonders this season.
    • 1' And we're off!
    • 14:58 The teams are out of the tunnel and are going through the pre-match pleasantries - two minutes until we get underway...
    • 14:55 It's worth noting that Darren Bent is not in the Villa side today, nor is he on the bench. The striker has been sidelined with ankle ligament damage since February but insisted that he will be fit for Euro 2012, with new England head coach Roy Hodgson due to announce his squad on Wednesday.
    • 14:50 Fancy a flutter? Here are the match odds with 10 minutes until kick-off: Norwich (5/4), Aston Villa (5/2), Draw (13/5)
    • 14:45 There's still plenty to be decided today, not least the destination of the Premier League trophy come 4:45pm. There's Champions League qualification up for grabs, and the small matter of the final relegation spot. Confused? Final day: What can happen
    • 14:40 Canaries boss Lambert praised Norwich's fans ahead of the final day of the season: "We know there will be a brilliant atmosphere and they will come in their thousands. In the three years I have been here, they have been brilliant and it is a big part of the club. They have a good rapport with the players. If you lose your fan base then I think you are dead."
    • 14:35 Norwich boss Paul Lambert has named an unchanged line-up, sticking to the same XI that earned an excellent 3-3 draw against Arsenal at the Emirates last Saturday. Alex McLeish has made two changes to the side which drew 1-1 with Tottenham, with Hutton and N'Zogbia replaced by Collins and Agbonlahor.
    • 14:30 Martin Atkinson is today's referee.
    • 14:25 NORWICH CITY: Ruddy, Naughton, Martin, Ryan Bennett, Lappin, Elliott Bennett, Johnson, Hoolahan, Howson, Holt, Jackson... Subs: Steer, Drury, Morison, Crofts, Surman, Fox, Wilbraham /// ASTON VILLA: Given, Cuellar, Collins, Dunne, Lichaj, Ireland, Clark, Herd, Warnock, Agbonlahor, Heskey... Subs: Guzan, N'Zogbia, Delfouneso, Bannan, Baker, Gardner, Carruthers
    • 14:20 Norwich start the day 13th after an impressive first season back in the Premier League and the Canaries could rise as high as 11th if they better the results of Sunderland (11th), Swansea City (12th) and Sunderland (14th). Villa, on the other hand, have endured a disastrous campaign and could still technically be relegated - although their goal difference is eight better than QPR and 17 better than Bolton. I think we can rule that out! Premier League table
    • 14:15 Ok, here we go, it's the final day of the Premier League season! Stay tuned for LIVE text commentary of Norwich City v Aston Villa.
    • - Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Norwich City v Aston Villa. The match kicks off at 3pm, but we'll have all the latest team news and build up from 45 minutes before then.
  • Summary

    • 90+1' Bannan shoots from miles out and his shot flies just a whisker over the bar!
    • 75' Bennett waltzes into the Villa penalty area but sends his shot just over!
    • 62' Ohhh! Jackson goes close with a low shot but Given gets across with a superb diving save.
    • 48' Ruddy produces another excellent save to deny Heskey!
    • 47' Johnson gifts Heskey possession and the Villa striker finds Ireland, who sees is shot well saved by Ruddy.
    • 36' Given produces another smart save to palm Bennett's shot wide.
    • 21' GOAL! Jackson doubles Norwich's lead! Villa full-back Cuellar heads the ball right into the path of Jackson and the 25-year-old fires home at the second attempt.
    • 19' Lappin, four-and-a-half years after he last scored, goes for goal with a curling effort which is just wide!
    • 13' Given makes a superb one-handed save to put Howson's 25-year-old curler behind for a corner!
    • 10' GOAL! Norwich take the lead and it's Holt! Johnson whips in a superb curling free-kick and Holt puts the ball in the back of the net with his chest!
    • 14:25 NORWICH CITY: Ruddy, Naughton, Martin, Ryan Bennett, Lappin, Elliott Bennett, Johnson, Hoolahan, Howson, Holt, Jackson... Subs: Steer, Drury, Morison, Crofts, Surman, Fox, Wilbraham /// ASTON VILLA: Given, Cuellar, Collins, Dunne, Lichaj, Ireland, Clark, Herd, Warnock, Agbonlahor, Heskey... Subs: Guzan, N'Zogbia, Delfouneso, Bannan, Baker, Gardner, Carruthers

Team Line-up & Ratings

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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      6.3 8
      Defenders
      5.8 6
      6.3 6
      6.3 7
      6.3 7
      Midfielders
      6.3 8
      6 7
      6 7
      Substitution Out76′ 8.5 7
      Strikers
      Goal Yellow Card Substitution Out69′ 8.8 8
      Goal Substitution Out70′ 6.8 7
      Subs
      Substitution In70′ 6 6
      Substitution In76′ 2 -
      Substitution In69′ 5 6
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      Goalkeeper
      9.4 8
      Defenders
      Substitution Out67′ 6 5
      5 6
      5.7 7
      8 6
      Midfielders
      Yellow Card 8 6
      Substitution Out45′ 4.5 5
      Yellow Card 7.7 6
      Substitution Out81′ 6.7 6
      Strikers
      5.8 5
      4.7 5
      Subs
      Substitution In45′ 3.3 6
      Substitution In81′ - -
      Substitution In67′ 5 6

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  1. A golden opportunity to give our travelling fans a­ show. What do we get, another puerile defensive­ display, devoid of any atttacking intention. Seven­ defenders, 2 midfielders and one up front. Seven wins,­ our worst display since 1891! What hope for next­ season Mr Mcleish? Please go, your tactics are­ obviously not good enough for my beloved Villa. From a­ supporter of 50+ years standing.

    From dennis h, on Sun 13 May 22:03
  2. On the ball City. A fantastic season, well done lads. A­ team that no one apart from our loyal supporters gave a­ chance of surviving. We have lit up the Pemiership this­ year and not always been given the credit we deserve.­ City till I die, we love you Norwich we do :-)))

    From Martin, on Sun 13 May 19:20
  3. Brilliant well done Norwich, and Swansea, for coming­ into the Premier League, spending very little, and­ still playing some great entertaining football. An­ example to all. When your games were on tv, I always­ watched. I love free flowing open football. Some teams­ in the Prem League could have learnt a thing or two­ from you. But they didn't and got demoted. Well­ done from a Spurs fan

    From Brian, on Sun 13 May 17:42
  4. not even got the where withal to try and beat norwich­ no pride noleadership and no management time for­ arubbish manager and chairman to go sell the club to­ someone who gives a damn and get a manager that­ understands the pride in a pride of lions not a­ birmingham reject. Perhaps there is a club in Scotland­ that might want MCleish there isn't one in England.­ not to be too subtle go now and leave us alone.

    From keith, on Sun 13 May 17:36
  5. Can someone explain to me in words of one syllable why­ this cretin is in charge of any football club let alone­ mine ? Pay him off before anymore damage is done and­ recruit someone half decent......PLEASE !!!

    From WILLIAM D, on Sun 13 May 17:27
  6. From top 6 to barely missing relegation by goal­ differnce (if results stay the same)....Alex McLeish,­ what a muppet!

    From Jason, on Sun 13 May 16:32
  7. What were Villa board thinking when they took on the ex­ birmingham manager, to manage after Birmingham went­ down with him in charge. Lets have a loser in­ charge!!Sounds about right for villa board.

    From armadilla, on Sun 13 May 15:48
  8. come on city

    From I MERCHANT, on Sun 13 May 15:44
  9. The villa team, like many of the fans (myself­ included), have already thrown in the towel for this­ season.

    From Jeff Bridges, on Sun 13 May 15:42
  10. bye mcleish.

    From Matteos Maserati, on Sun 13 May 15:36
  11. Taking nothing away from Norwich, but McCleish has to­ go. 7 wins and 4 marginally inferior teams have kept us­ up. That's all. Though we may have a job prizing­ away Martinez.

    From un_too_slow, on Sun 13 May 15:34
  12. Bye bye McCleish.... Wolves are recruiting ;-)

    From Geoff P, on Sun 13 May 15:33
  13. if we lose by 4 or 5 then that'll really drive the­ point home to Lerner and Faulkner ahead of­ tomorrow's meeting just how useless we are with­ that prat is charge.

    From MichealS, on Sun 13 May 15:31
  14. good hot the best

    From harry, on Sun 13 May 15:14
  15. I think Villa will fire McCleish and Martinez will get­ a second chance to be manager of Vila.

    From Convey, on Sun 13 May 15:00
  16. Meanwhile, in other news... Joey Barton: yer goin'­ DOWN!!!

    From ------, on Sun 13 May 14:54
  17. Norwich to win to round of a great season

    From bunnyx, on Sun 13 May 14:47
  18. Looks like cable decided to cover it after all. sheesh.­ UP the VILLA!!!

    From ------, on Sun 13 May 14:42
  19. come on city

    From ALAN, on Sun 13 May 14:38
  20. None of the usual cable channels are carrying this in­ the US! Grrrrrrrr! GO, YOU LIONS!!!

    From ------, on Sun 13 May 14:28
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