Norwich City failed to grab the result they wanted on Saturday as they took on Aston Villa, seeing the return of former City manager, Paul Lambert. Before the game kicked off Bradley Johnson was named the Anglian Home Improvements Player of the Month.
Norwich had a strong first half with Robert Snodgrass and Anthony Pilkington working the wings well, and despite Villa’s speed on the counter attack, it was the Canaries who were dominant.
The second half was a different story though as Villa sprung into life, first with Benteke getting a shot on goal, only to be denied by Bunn, then Agbonlahor broke the deadlock on 55 minutes. It was a similar goal to McCleary’s goal for Reading against Norwich; the defenders backed off Agbonlahor who released a powerful, swerving shot, nestling in the bottom left corner of the net.
Norwich probably should have equalised minutes later, when a deep cross picked out Hoolahan unmarked, but his header skewed well wide of the goal. City were then lucky that Weimann’s volley was blasted over the bar from 2 yards out, after Agbonlahor again caused trouble for the yellows.
Kei Kamara made his final appearance for the Canaries, replacing Wes Hoolahan with 20 minutes left. The change brought a bit more life to Norwich who finally found an equaliser. Robert Snodgrass broke down the right, dashing into the penalty area near the byline. He was unnecessarily brought down, giving the referee no option but to point to the penalty spot. Grant Holt, who missed from the same spot against Southampton earlier this year, didn’t fail to convert this time, tucking the ball in the right corner of the net.
It was Agbonlahor who was the hero of the day though as he sealed 3 points for Villa, after getting beyond Bassong and slotting the ball past Bunn.
The Anglian Home Improvements Man of the Match was Ryan Bennett, for the second week in a row.
Norwich are currently placed in 16th place, only 3 points above relegation placed Wigan, who lost last night to Swansea. It is going to be a nail-biting end to the season for the Canaries, who have to back manager Chris Hughton to save them from the drop.