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Aston Villa 1-2 Norwich City: Canaries win to seal Championship title

Daniel Farke lifts the Championship trophy
Norwich confirmed promotion to the Premier League by beating Blackburn on 27 April

Norwich City goalkeeper Tim Krul said wrapping up the Championship title with victory at play-off bound Aston Villa "means so much" to the club.

The promoted Canaries only needed a point to be crowned champions but their result was essentially meaningless as second-placed Sheffield United - who required a win for any chance of leapfrogging them - were held at Stoke.

The league's golden boot winner Teemu Pukki prodded in his 29th goal of the season to put Norwich ahead before Villa replied when Jonathan Kodjia flicked home Conor Hourihane's low free-kick.

Both sides threatened a winner in a free-flowing game before Jamal Lewis burst forward to find Mario Vrancic, who slotted into the bottom corner for Daniel Farke's side.

"Promotion is the most important thing but to actually win it and to have a gold medal, we'll look back at this in 20-30 years," Krul told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"I was fortunate enough to do it nine years ago with Newcastle and to sit here now and to lift the trophy, I just said [to team-mates] 'take it, because it doesn't happen very often."

The Netherlands keeper, 31, who played every minute in the league this season, said: "There were a lot of people who wrote me off and said 'he can't play more than 20 games any more', and I was so eager to show people that was utter rubbish."

Norwich finish the season with 94 points, five clear at the top, while fifth-placed Villa - who suffered their first defeat since mid-February - will now face West Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion in the play-offs, hosting the first leg next Saturday (11 May).

Dean Smith's hosts made five changes - leaving out top scorer Tammy Abraham, playmaker Jack Grealish and key midfielder John McGinn - as Villa turned their attention to a second successive play-off campaign.

An excellent through ball from Kenny McLean - who later went off injured - was the catalyst for Norwich's opener, Onel Hernandez cutting back for Finland striker Pukki to convert.

Villa's Kodjia showed good movement to escape his marker for a third goal in his last four games, then Hernandez struck the bar for the visitors.

Norwich had the better of the second half, Jamal Lewis curling wide and Marco Stiepermann forcing a low save from Jed Steer, before Vrancic's goal secured their fourth second-tier title.

It was also the first time the Canaries have completed a league double over Villa since 1992-93, when both clubs finished in the Premier League top three.

Teemu Pukki celebrates
Teemu Pukki has been involved in 38 Championship goals this season (29 goals, 9 assists)

Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith told BBC WM:

"It was a good performance and I don't think we deserved to get beaten. I thought it was two even teams going at it, both good teams with the ball.

"Norwich started better than us, we couldn't get close to them and it took us 15 minutes to get going. After the equaliser I thought we were the better team for the rest of the first half but didn't make the most of our opportunities.

"The second half went a bit end-to-end but I thought a draw would have been a fair result. I'm disappointed the unbeaten run has come to and end but it was a good performance."

Line-ups

Aston Villa

  • 12Steer
  • 21Hutton
  • 4Tuanzebe
  • 30Hause
  • 3Taylor
  • 6Whelan
  • 37Adomah
  • 8LansburyBooked at 62minsSubstituted forBjarnasonat 80'minutes
  • 14Hourihane
  • 19Green
  • 26KodjiaSubstituted forDavisat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15Jedinak
  • 17Davis
  • 20Bjarnason
  • 22El Ghazi
  • 24Elphick
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 28L Kalinic

Norwich

  • 1Krul
  • 37Aarons
  • 6ZimmermannBooked at 60mins
  • 4Godfrey
  • 12LewisBooked at 78mins
  • 23McLeanSubstituted forTetteyat 42'minutes
  • 8Vrancic
  • 17BuendíaBooked at 29mins
  • 18StiepermannSubstituted forLeitnerat 73'minutes
  • 25HernándezSubstituted forHanleyat 90+2'minutes
  • 22Pukki

Substitutes

  • 10Leitner
  • 11Rhodes
  • 15Klose
  • 27Tettey
  • 31Hanley
  • 33McGovern
  • 36Cantwell
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
41,696

Match Stats

Home TeamAston VillaAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home14
Away23
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away9
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Norwich City 2.

Full Time

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

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Maximillian Aarons.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Grant Hanley replaces Onel Hernández.

Foul by Emiliano Buendía (Norwich City).

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

Attempt missed. Mario Vrancic (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Attempt missed. Jamal Lewis (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Kortney Hause.

Goal!

Goal! Aston Villa 1, Norwich City 2. Mario Vrancic (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jamal Lewis.

Attempt missed. Kortney Hause (Aston Villa) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Conor Hourihane with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Tim Krul.

Attempt saved. Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Keinan Davis.

Foul by Emiliano Buendía (Norwich City).

Alan Hutton (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Birkir Bjarnason replaces Henri Lansbury.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Jamal Lewis.

Booking

Jamal Lewis (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jamal Lewis (Norwich City).

Henri Lansbury (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Ben Godfrey (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Emiliano Buendía with a cross.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Andre Green.

Attempt blocked. Maximillian Aarons (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Moritz Leitner replaces Marco Stiepermann because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Aston Villa. Keinan Davis replaces Jonathan Kodjia.

Attempt blocked. Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Maximillian Aarons.

Attempt missed. Jamal Lewis (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mario Vrancic with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Onel Hernández (Norwich City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Emiliano Buendía.

Attempt missed. Emiliano Buendía (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Mario Vrancic (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Mario Vrancic (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa).

Attempt blocked. Marco Stiepermann (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Onel Hernández.

Attempt missed. Jamal Lewis (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marco Stiepermann.

Booking

Henri Lansbury (Aston Villa) is shown the yellow card.

Mario Vrancic (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Henri Lansbury (Aston Villa).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich462713693573694
2Sheff Utd462611978413789
3Leeds462581373502383
4West Brom4623111287622580
5Aston Villa4620161082612176
6Derby4620141269541574
7Middlesbrough462013134941873
8Bristol City461913145953670
9Nottm Forest461715146154766
10Swansea461811176562365
11Brentford4617131673591464
12Sheff Wed461616146062-264
13Hull461711186668-262
14Preston461613176767061
15Blackburn461612186469-560
16Stoke461122134552-755
17Birmingham461419136458652
18Wigan461313205164-1352
19QPR46149235371-1851
20Reading461017194966-1747
21Millwall461014224864-1644
22Rotherham46816225283-3140
23Bolton4688302978-4932
24Ipswich46516253677-4131
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