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May 4, 2013 10:00 AM EDT
Carrow Road — Norwich, Norfolk
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 26842‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Norwich 1-2 Aston Villa

A double from Gabriel Agbonlahor sees the Villans take another enormous step away from the relegation zone in what was an insipid game at Carrow Road that opened up late on

By Chris Teale

  • Mark Bunn
    0
    0
    3.00

    Mark Bunn

    Looked solid on the rare occasions he was called upon but was powerless to stop Gabriel Agbonlahor’s goal in the second half.

  • Russell Martin
    0
    0
    3.00

    Russell Martin

    Overlapped well on the right and had a few good crosses as he tried to help the Canaries feed lone striker Grant Holt.

  • S. Bassong
    0
    0
    2.50

    S. Bassong

    After an early collision with Christian Benteke, he handled the Belgian very well indeed, limiting him to only half-chances. However, he let himself down badly in the closing stages as Gabriel Agbonlahor got past him to score the winner.

  • Javier Garrido
    0
    0
    3.00

    Javier Garrido

    Played a number of positive balls forward to set his team away and defended valiantly to prevent Villa finding any attacking momentum.

  • Ryan Bennett
    0
    0
    3.00

    Ryan Bennett

    Had another good game deputizing for Michael Turner, keeping Gabriel Agbonlahor quiet for large spells, but was one of a number of players guilty of letting the Villa striker run forward unopposed and give his side the lead.

  • Bradley Johnson
    0
    0
    3.00

    Bradley Johnson

    Did a good job alongside Howson in the center of midfield to keep Villa’s midfielders quiet and was rarely troubled throughout the game.

  • Robert Snodgrass
    0
    0
    3.00

    Robert Snodgrass

    Once again the fulcrum of Norwich’s attacking play but was let down by a poor final ball into the penalty area that was unable to find lone striker Grant Holt. Hauled down in the box to win a penalty, which Holt ruthlessly dispatched.

  • Jonny Howson
    0
    0
    2.50

    Jonny Howson

    Impressed in the first half as he prevented their midfielders from gaining a foothold but let himself down in the second as he gave Gabriel Agbonlahor too much space to give Villa the lead and could not recover.

  • Anthony Pilkington
    0
    0
    2.00

    Anthony Pilkington

    Tried hard in attack but was let down continually by his crosses and ball control, cutting a frustrated figure by the end of the match as nothing seemed to go right for the midfielder.

  • Wesley Hoolahan
    0
    0
    2.50

    Wesley Hoolahan

    Was guilty of giving the ball away a little too often but improved as the game went on, although the Irishman was another who could not quite play enough good final balls before being replaced by Kamara.

  • Grant Holt
    0
    0
    3.50

    Grant Holt

    Played the role of lone striker and was typically physical and uncompromising, living off scraps for most of the game due to his team-mates' poor service but equalizing with a calm penalty in the second half.

Substitutions

  • Elliott Bennett
    0
    0

    Elliott Bennett

    Came on late for Snodgrass to try to shore up the midfield as Norwich hoped to protect the 1-1 draw.

  • K. Jackson
    0
    0

    K. Jackson

    Made a late appearance for Garrido as Norwich searched desperately for a second equalizer.

  • Kei Kamara
    0
    0
    3.00

    Kei Kamara

    Came on for Hoolahan after 70 minutes to offer some more support for Holt and gave the Villa defenders a different challenge in the closing stages.

  • Bradley Guzan
    2
    0
    3.00

    Bradley Guzan

    Was rarely troubled throughout but looked solid when called upon despite being unable to stop Grant Holt's penalty.

  • Ron Vlaar
    0
    1
    3.00

    Ron Vlaar

    Guilty of giving the ball away a little too much, but was competent in defense and marshaled his side well for the entire game.

  • Joseph Bennett
    0
    1
    1.50

    Joseph Bennett Flop of the Match

    Booked for a clumsy tackle on Hoolahan and gave away the penalty after hauling down Robert Snodgrass in what was a poor game for the defender.

  • Nathan Baker
    2
    0
    3.00

    Nathan Baker

    Showcased some tough tackling as he stood up to the task of marking Grant Holt and prevented the Norwich striker from gaining the upper hand.

  • Matthew Lowton
    0
    1
    2.50

    Matthew Lowton

    Struggled against Javier Garrido down Villa’s right and was then replaced by Eric Lichaj in the 27th minute after picking up an injury.

  • Ashley Westwood
    1
    0
    3.00

    Ashley Westwood

    Out-muscled in the center of midfield and gave the ball away far too often, although his late pass set up Agbonlahor's winner.

  • Fabian Delph
    0
    0
    2.50

    Fabian Delph

    Showed flashes of his passing and attacking abilities but struggled to get going in the face of pressure from Jonny Howson and Bradley Johnson before picking up a yellow for a clumsy foul on Robert Snodgrass in the second half.

  • Yacouba Sylla
    0
    2
    2.00

    Yacouba Sylla

    Was totally anonymous in Villa’s midfield as the game seemed to largely pass him by before being replaced by Holman in the 78th minute.

  • Gabriel Agbonlahor
    3
    0
    4.50

    Gabriel Agbonlahor Top of the Match

    Found himself stifled by Ryan Bennett in the first half but improved vastly in the second, scoring a superb double to take advantage of some poor Canaries defending

  • C. Benteke
    2
    0
    2.50

    C. Benteke

    Could not continue the good form that saw him score a second half hat-trick against Sunderland last time out, as Sebastian Bassong reduced him to only a few half chances, with the Belgian lucky to avoid a red card for grabbing the Frenchman by the throat.

  • Andreas Weimann
    2
    0
    3.00

    Andreas Weimann

    Forced a good low save from Mark Bunn and chased hard throughout, missing a glorious chance to double Villa’s lead after a good cross from Agbonlahor.

Substitutions

  • Eric Lichaj
    1
    0
    3.00

    Eric Lichaj

    Came on for Lowton after 26 minutes and looked solid if unspectacular in his favored right back role.

  • Brett Holman
    0
    0

    Brett Holman

    Came on for Sylla in the 78th minute for a late cameo appearance.

Results
 
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