Two goals from Aston Villa top goalscorer Jonathan Kodjia was enough to see off a ten-man Norwich City side at Villa Park yesterday afternoon.
The win was Aston Villa’s fourth consecutive home victory without conceding a goal and their sixth win in seven games in the Championship.
Alan Irvine was bound to have been frustrated as he watched his Norwich side dominate possession and waste numerous chances in front of goal making it just one win in fourteen away games for the Canaries.
Villa was far from their best but looked solid and compact when it mattered. Attacks generally lacked the final ball as the fans became frustrated at times.
Things changed in the 25th minute as strikers Scott Hogan and Kodjia linked up well to give the home side the lead. Former Brentford forward Hogan played Kodjia through down the right channel and the Ivory Coast International cut inside to score in the roof the net.
Hogan came close himself when Alan Hutton found him in the centre of the area with a great ball from the half way line, he turned but was denied by both the goalkeeper and then the offside flag.
On-loan goalkeeper Sam Johnstone continued to impress after a shaky start as he denied Cameron Jerome on a few occasions.
The home side come close just after the hour mark when Nathan Baker’s header was cleared off the line as it fell to Conor Hourihane who’s header, in turn, clipped the crossbar.
The visitor’s chances of coming into the game took a massive blow when Ivo Pinto was shown a second yellow card for bringing down Jordan Amavi.
Kodjia then took his tally to 17 when he scored his and Aston Villa’s second of the afternoon with three minutes left on the clock. The striker converted a long free kick from goalkeeper Johnstone that the Norwich defenders struggled to cope with.
Aston Villa finds themselves 10 points off the playoffs now – do we dare to dream? Only time will tell of course.
Credit: Sky Sports.