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September 21, 2013 12:45 PM BST
Carrow Road — Norwich, Norfolk
Referee:‬ C. Foy‎
Attendance:‬ 26813‎
 
 
Libor Kozák 30′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Norwich City 0-1 Aston Villa

Brad Guzan was the star performer, saving an early penalty, as Liboz Kozak's first goal in English football ensured that Paul Lambert claimed all three points against his old club

By Theo Squires at Carrow Road

  • John Ruddy
    2
    0
    3.50

    John Ruddy

    A strong performance in goal again. Produced a number of good saves and was unlucky with the goal after a great initial block.

  • Russell Martin
    0
    1
    2.50

    Russell Martin

    An average performance at right-back up against tricky customers in Agbonlahor and Weimann. While neither troubled the scorers, it was more down to poor finishing than good defending.

  • S. Bassong
    0
    2
    2.00

    S. Bassong

    Had to be withdrawn in the first half thanks to injury. Despite Benteke's absence from the scoresheet, it was not through the want of trying as Bassong struggled to keep the Belgian quiet while they were both on the pitch.

  • Michael Turner
    0
    1
    2.50

    Michael Turner

    Struggled to deal with Benteke and Kozak early on but looked more comfortable as the game wore on. Shrugged off too easily for Villa's goal.

  • Javier Garrido
    1
    0
    3.00

    Javier Garrido

    The best performer in Norwich's back line but was unable to support the attack as much as he would have liked.

  • Robert Snodgrass
    0
    1
    2.50

    Robert Snodgrass

    Missed an early penalty which would have given his side the lead. Delivery into the box, however, was quality throughout. Struggled to assert himself.

  • Jonny Howson
    0
    1
    2.50

    Jonny Howson

    Passing let him down at times and he failed to create when Norwich needed a good delivery into the box most.

  • Nathan Redmond
    1
    0
    3.00

    Nathan Redmond

    A rare quiet performance from the winger, who still looked a constant threat when on the ball. Found himself isolated far too often as Aston Villa made sure that he was marked at all times. Withdrawn early - much to the displeasure of the Norwich fans.

  • Leroy Fer
    1
    0
    2.50

    Leroy Fer

    Another player who had a quiet game for Norwich. Did his defensive duties well but was unable to get up and support his side in attack as they struggled to find a goal.

  • Johan Elmander
    0
    2
    1.50

    Johan Elmander

    Inffectual in attack yet again, the former Bolton man barely touched the ball and struggled to link up with Van Wolfswinkel. Does not look comfortable in the hole behind the striker at all.

  • Ricky van Wolfswinkel
    0
    3
    1.50

    Ricky van Wolfswinkel Flop of the Match

    Missed chance after chance for Norwich. Only he will know why he tried to chest Nathan Redmond's pull-back into an unguarded net and how it conspired to clear the bar from point-blank range. Another poor performance from the forward when his side were needing a goal.

Substitutions

  • Ryan Bennett
    1
    0
    3.00

    Ryan Bennett

    Did well after coming on to replace Bassong. His side did not concede when he was on the pitch. A small consolation after a disappointing defeat.

  • Anthony Pilkington
    1
    3
    2.00

    Anthony Pilkington

    Came on to replace Redmond but did little to justify the change.

  • Gary Hooper
    1
    1
    2.00

    Gary Hooper

    Missed a good chance late on which would have earner his side a draw. Lacking match fitness.

  • Bradley Guzan
    8
    0
    3.50

    Bradley Guzan Top of the Match

    Pulled off a stunning save to keep out Robert Snodgrass's early penalty. Caught every cross that was delivered into the box and made a stunning save late on to deny Gary Hooper and ensure that his side hung on for all three points.

  • Ron Vlaar
    1
    0
    3.00

    Ron Vlaar

    Solid at the back and saw a volley fly just wide in the first half.

  • Ciaran Clark
    2
    1
    3.50

    Ciaran Clark

    A rock at the back for Villa, recovering well after conceding the penalty to head countless crosses clear and keep the Norwich attackers quiet all afternoon.

  • Luna
    2
    0
    3.50

    Luna

    One of Villa's better peformers. Defended well throughout but sometimes a little lacklustre in getting back.

  • Leandro Bacuna
    2
    0
    3.50

    Leandro Bacuna

    Did well to keep Redmond quiet and performed well considering that right-back is not his natural position.

  • Fabian Delph
    3
    0
    3.00

    Fabian Delph

    An adequate performance in the Villa midfield. Defended well but his passing let him down.

  • Karim El Ahmadi
    4
    0
    3.00

    Karim El Ahmadi

    Always there to break up Norwich attacks and was effective if not spectacular.

  • Alexandar Tonev
    1
    2
    2.50

    Alexandar Tonev

    Was eager to attack but his final ball often let him down. Drifted in and out as the game wore on before being replaced by Sylla.

  • Andreas Weimann
    4
    1
    3.00

    Andreas Weimann

    Not scared of having a shot at goal but was unable to convert any of his chances. Unlucky to see an early strike bounce back off the post. A promising showing from the young Austrian.

  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
    2
    1
    3.00

    Gabriel Agbonlahor

    His pace ensured that he was a constant threat to the Norwich back line, especially as Villa relied more on counterattacking football. Did well to set up the goal for Kozak.

  • C. Benteke
    4
    4
    1.50

    C. Benteke

    A poor showing up front from the Belgian. Missed numerous chances, including a golden opportunity to give his side an early lead after Andi Weimann's initial shot cannoned back off the post. Limped off injured shortly before the half-hour mark.

Substitutions

  • Yacouba Sylla
    0
    0

    Yacouba Sylla

    Came on late to replace Tonev. Had little opportunity to make an impact.

  • Nicklas Helenius
    1
    1
    2.50

    Nicklas Helenius

    Saw a free kick deflect over shortly after coming on. Wasted a good opportunity to double Villa's lead late on.

  • Libor Kozák
    5
    1
    3.00

    Libor Kozák

    Replacing Benteke up front, Kozak shot straight at Ruddy with his first touch, before firing home the rebound from Agbonlahor's pull-back. Instant impact but poor touch let him down, his impact lessening as the game wore on.

Results
 
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