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Norwich 2-1 Aston Villa: Jordan Rhodes double gives Norwich win over Villa

Jordan Rhodes
Jordan Rhodes has scored seven goals this season

A double from Jordan Rhodes gave Norwich City victory over Aston Villa to consign new boss Dean Smith to his first defeat since taking over earlier this month.

The visitors started brightly and took the lead when captain James Chester headed in from a Conor Hourihane corner.

Rhodes headed the home side level shortly after Villa had lost on-loan striker Tammy Abraham to a head injury.

Timm Klose fired just over as the hosts got on top before Rhodes grabbed his second from a low Marco Stiepermann cross.

The Canaries held on for the win despite having to see out 10 minutes of stoppage time after sub Lewis Thompson picked up a late injury.

Villa sub Anwar El Ghazi had an effort cleared off the line with the score at 1-1, but after Rhodes gave the hosts the lead the visitors did not create a chance of note.

Daniel Farke's side are now up to fourth in the table and are just two points outside the automatic promotion places.

The visitors, who have won just once in their last six matches, travel to QPR on Friday.

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith told BBC WM:

"I certainly don't think we deserved to lose. It was a scrappy game - I thought it was going to be a good football game with two good football teams, but we seemed cancel each other out a little bit.

"That little spell when Albert Adomah and Tammy Abraham came off, they scored from that corner where Tammy is usually very good at heading it away.

"We've had a big chance at 1-0 where Tammy's hit the post. If we score that, I think we win comfortably."

Norwich head coach Daniel Farke told BBC Norfolk:

"For the second time in three and a half days we were able to turn a game against a really quality side.

"In the end not only was it a good result but I think it was a well-deserved win because the performance level was again great.

"I'm happy for Jordan - his second goal was typical predator instinct, only a real number nine is able to score such a goal."

Line-ups

Norwich

  • 1Krul
  • 37Aarons
  • 6ZimmermannBooked at 5mins
  • 15Klose
  • 12Lewis
  • 19TrybullBooked at 87mins
  • 10Leitner
  • 17BuendíaSubstituted forThompsonat 90+3'minutesSubstituted forGodfreyat 90+6'minutes
  • 18StiepermannSubstituted forVrancicat 85'minutes
  • 36Cantwell
  • 11Rhodes

Substitutes

  • 4Godfrey
  • 8Vrancic
  • 24Passlack
  • 25Hernández
  • 32Srbeny
  • 33McGovern
  • 34Thompson

Aston Villa

  • 1Nyland
  • 21Hutton
  • 4Tuanzebe
  • 5Chester
  • 3TaylorBooked at 45mins
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 14HourihaneSubstituted forKodjiaat 81'minutes
  • 6Whelan
  • 37AdomahSubstituted forEl Ghaziat 50'minutes
  • 10Grealish
  • 18AbrahamSubstituted forHoganat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Lansbury
  • 9Hogan
  • 15Jedinak
  • 20Bjarnason
  • 22El Ghazi
  • 26Kodjia
  • 31Bunn
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
24,977

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamAston Villa
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home7
Away7
Fouls
Home16
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Norwich City 2, Aston Villa 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Norwich City 2, Aston Villa 1.

Attempt blocked. Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mario Vrancic (Norwich City).

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Jamal Lewis.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Ben Godfrey replaces Louis Thompson because of an injury.

Delay in match Louis Thompson (Norwich City) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Louis Thompson replaces Emiliano Buendía.

Foul by Tom Trybull (Norwich City).

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Jordan Rhodes.

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mario Vrancic (Norwich City).

Booking

Tom Trybull (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tom Trybull (Norwich City).

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mario Vrancic (Norwich City).

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Mario Vrancic replaces Marco Stiepermann.

Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa).

Moritz Leitner (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Hogan (Aston Villa).

Christoph Zimmermann (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Todd Cantwell (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jack Grealish (Aston Villa).

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Jonathan Kodjia replaces Conor Hourihane.

Offside, Norwich City. Maximillian Aarons tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

Todd Cantwell (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Alan Hutton (Aston Villa).

Emiliano Buendía (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa).

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 2, Aston Villa 1. Jordan Rhodes (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marco Stiepermann with a cross.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Alan Hutton.

Attempt blocked. Anwar El Ghazi (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Axel Tuanzebe.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Todd Cantwell.

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Moritz Leitner (Norwich City).

Foul by Timm Klose (Norwich City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough14752167926
2Sheff Utd148242316726
3West Brom1373331181324
4Norwich147341917224
5Leeds1365223111223
6Derby136341714321
7Blackburn145631719-221
8Swansea145541511420
9Birmingham144821613320
10Wigan146261618-220
11QPR146261419-520
12Nottm Forest134721815319
13Bristol City135441714319
14Sheff Wed145452023-319
15Brentford134632015518
16Aston Villa144642222018
17Stoke144551820-217
18Bolton134451116-516
19Millwall143471623-713
20Rotherham143471020-1013
21Reading143381923-412
22Preston132471925-610
23Hull132381120-99
24Ipswich131661120-99
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