Norwich began strongly, with their long passing causing a sleepy Villa problems. Pilkington delivered a cross from the left that struck Lowton’s arm in the penalty area but referee Kevin Friend was unyielding.

The home side continued to contain Villa and the injury to the ever-present Lowton that forced his withdrawal caused some concern but neither side had many defined chances in the first half. Just before the break, there was a chance at each end: Garrido crossed for Holt, who headed over, while, at the other end of the pitch, Agbonlahor’s cross was deflected off a Norwich player and struck the bar.

An unusually quiet Benteke had the chance to put the visitors ahead two minutes after the break but his shot was weak and Bunn was able to save it comfortably.

Seven minutes later, Agbonlahor collected the ball close to the halfway line and raced through Norwich’s patchy midfield, evading Howson’s desperate attempt to catch him, then fired a 20-yard strike that soared beyond Bunn’s reach.

Suddenly, the Canaries’ fans were more nervous than noisy.

Just after the hour mark, Weimann had the chance to add to his side’s lead but Agbonlahor’s fine cross was wasted in the end as the young Austrian show the ball, which he should have headed, over the bar from three yards out.

Benteke and Agbonlahor enjoyed some clever interplay and Agbonlahor might have scored a second himself five minutes later but dragged shot wide from eight yards.

Tempers began to fray and Benteke escaped with a yellow card after grabbing Bassong by the throat.

It was clear that Holt needed help but Hughton’s decision to replace Hoolahan with Kamara led the home fans to slate their current manager, meaning they forgot to berate the former one who’s now Birmingham-based.

However, the slated substitution seemed to spark something within the Canaries and two minutes later Norwich were level from the penalty spot as Holt sent Guzan the wrong way after Bennett foolishly fouled Snodgrass.

With two minutes of normal time remaining, Holt the hero became the villain as he lost possession in midfield, allowing Westwood to pass through to Agbonlahor, who managed a tight finish from 16 yards to bag all three points.

As the four minutes of injury time ticked away and Villa leap-frogged to 13th place in the table, the travelling fans sang, “We are staying up, we are staying up!” Having seen the craziness of today’s Championship finale, we should be mindful that anything really can happen whilst being grateful that we’ve done all we can for today.


  1. Get in you villa boys! The claret an blue army is on the match. Beat Chelsea next week an top our season off.

  2. Again, as always, we rode our luck at times. Bennett was lucky not to have seen red. Sorry, but that is the truth of it. Chelsea are going to be a whole different act.
    With all the big four this season, the lads have given the opposition far too much respect, time for the young Villians to stand up and make the statement – You`ve made your names, we are out to make ours now. They are very capable of doing so.
    The goals against column has been the biggest sack of potatoes around our neck this season, and Chelsea contributed very much to our problems earlier in the season.
    Its time to lay that ghost to rest once and for all, restore our pride and move on to next season.
    WE, the supporters have a major part to play next week, let us show the guys what they could expect from us, by returning some good old days to Villa Park. We need every claret and blue there next week,we cannot afford to be going to Wigan looking for a draw or win. Lets put things to bed against Chelsea. COME ON YOU LIONS.

    • Chuffed with the win mental as it sounds and as you have pointed it out 40 probably isn’t enough points,so a draw or a win against Chelsea would be most welcome. And I’m going to show my support next week I will be there at villa park, pleased for all of our long suffering support we have had a lot to put up with this season. I can only hope we finish the job and move up a level next season. Hears hoping anyway. U.T.V!!!!!

  3. Just read my comment from yesterday when I was pretty hammered. Should read “claret an blue army on the march!’ oh well it was worth the hangover this mornin. Never been a huge fan of Gabby but he has been a major player for us this season. I think Lambo’s staff have been workin on his finishing down at HQ cos he’s lookin lethal at the moment. Can’t wait for next Saturday lets send the arrogant cockneys home empty handed. COYL

  4. Real guts and detmination will keep us up!’ well done lambert a lot of hard work must have been done, just look at gabby and lowton, Randy must learn from this season we need at least three or four good signings in the summer and hope we have some good youth players coming through!! Come on you villa!!

  5. Every team has to ride there luck at times!! Jeez can’t we just enjoy it. Two great goals from Gabby is what we should be focusing on along with the exciting emergence of players like Benteke ,Weiman etc. there will be some happy times ahead with lambert in charge. Enjoy the good times while we can guys. COYL

  6. 5 wins from 8 and a thumping of Sunderland, (made me happy seeing as they sacked O’neill), finnally the team is starting to jell together and click 🙂 I also was encouraged that we were able to hold off Norwich’s early pressure and draw first blood 🙂

  7. Inexperience is Bennetts real problem but I guess he will only get better if he gets a regular game. Lucky not to have seen red against Norwich but have a little more faith in Lambert, Im confident Paul will have had words with the youngster.
    Swansea did us a great favour last night but we aint clear of trouble yet. So let us concentrate on building our confidence, we will need every bit of it against Chelsea.


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