Made lots of big saves and generally impressed, but he could do nothing about the four goals. Was just unlucky to come up against some very clinical finishing.
Often likes to get forward, but found himself grounded perhaps more than he would have hoped. Was not up against an out-and-out winger, but allowed too many crosses past him, and struggled with Delph when the midfielder came out wide.
Made a number of last-ditch tackles and a couple of fantastic headers from his own area, but he had a very tough time until Bent went off injured, with the England international’s runs in behind him a particular problem. Luckily for Bassong and Norwich, Bunn was able to save them a few times, but unluckily for them, Benteke grew as the match went on. Bassong had no answer for him.
Had one hell of a battle on his hands up against the physical Benteke and he certainly struggled. The striker’s movement and ability to bring others into play was met with little resistance by Barnett and the Belgian battered the Norwich defence into submission.
Generally did what was expected of him at the back, but his passing in the Villa half was pretty terrible, giving possession straight back to the visitors several times. It is not hard to see why Garrido has taken his place in the first team.
In terms of overall impact, the Scot was quieter than normal, but his deliveries were typically excellent. Early on he forced Given into tipping one of his crosses on to the post, while a later one should have been converted by Morison.
Although not that effective without the ball, the former Leeds man was very impressive with it. He continuously found passes over the Villa defence for Morison and Holt, causing havoc in the process. He has had few better matches in a Norwich shirt.
Very effective at times. The midfielder often put in some excellent attack-halting tackles, particularly on Holman, but some of his passes were a little sloppy and failed to pick up the Villa midfielder for his goal.
Endured quite the battle with Herd and Lowton down the left, and often found himself in a lot of space, but he rarely capitalised on the opportunity. He missed one great chance, while he did not get crosses in frequently enough.
Definitely helped Morison against the two centre-backs, but he was far from at his best. Picked up a knock early on which may have had an effect, but did not have the influence or chances generally expected of him.
Not a prolific starter in the Premier League by any stretch of the imagination, but he more than staked a claim against Villa. His physicality and power were constant problems for Clark and Baker, while he opened the scoring with a confident finish. Should have added to his tally, but somehow missed several chances.
A far from comfortable evening for the Irishman. Looked nervous early on, dealing with fairly routine situations with a rather panicked demeanour, often taking too long to clear. He did make some good stops, though, particularly one from Morison, tipping the Welshman’s effort round the post.
The more experienced and more composed of the Villa centre-backs, Clark generally covered Holt and did a good enough job, but like Baker he was caught out so often by Morison’s runs in behind. If it wasn’t for his inability to finish better, Clark would have been embarrassed.
Had a decent game at right-back, putting in several physical tackles on Pilkington. Lost his man a few times, but generally recovered well. Unspectacular, but solid.
Kept Snodgrass quiet for long periods, but still failed to stop the Scot crossing, and many of his deliveries were very good, almost creating two goals for Morison. In attack the American’s own crossing was decent enough, but he should have scored early on in the second half when he found himself in the area only to skew the ball wide.
The youngster’s inexperience perhaps showed for Norwich’s opener as he failed to head a goal kick properly, instead flicking it behind him for Morison to collect and score from. The Morison and Holt combo often caused a lot of problems for him, and he did not have an easy evening.
Found himself covering Lowton a lot and often doubled-up on Pilkington to great effect, often nullifying the winger’s influence, but he was less impressive against Howson who he had little answer for.
Delph has struggled ever since his big move from Leeds several years ago, but he definitely showed glimpses of his ability at Carrow Road. The midfielder produced a number of excellent shots, and his passing was generally very accurate. A joy to watch when on his game, and we saw flashes of that.
K. El Ahmadi
The Moroccan goes about his job fairly quietly, but he did it well against Norwich. He kept the Villa midfield ticking, and always shifted the ball on quickly, looking to keep attacks moving. He was not one of the most noticeable players on the pitch, but he was effective from a Villa perspective.
The England international was making his first start since October 20 and it began in impressive fashion as he forced a great save from Bunn, but he soon saw himself taken off for Weimann due to injury.
A constant headache for the Norwich defence as his physical presence, power and ability on the ball caused continuous problems for Barnett and Bassong. Played a key role in the first three goals, forced many saves from Bunn and scored the fourth. Absolutely unplayable.
All-round, Holman was very good for Villa. The Australian had a number of good chances bursting forward from midfield, and grabbed a deserved equaliser in the first half. Eventually taken off for N’Zogbia, but he had a telling impact on the game.