FT: Norwich 1 Aston Villa 2

Norwich 1 Aston Villa 2. All over and two goals from Agbonlahor hand Villa three big points. Norwich remain very much in trouble.

90+6
Villa win a free-kick down by the corner. They look to keep the ball there.

90+5
Almost three. Weimann races clear, with Ryan Bennett giving up the chase. He looks to square for Benteke, who is denied the chance to tap into an empty net by Bassong. Ryan Bennett booked as Villa line up a corner.

90+4
So close by Holt to earning a point. Guzan with a rush of blood as he comes to try and meet a Kamara cross. He is beaten to the ball by Holt, but the ball loops inches wide of the post.

90+3
Jackson sent on in place of Garrido. Norwich stuck in their own half as the clock sticks down. Villa pulling everyone back as they look to hold on for three vital points.

90+2
Weimann hammers the ball out of the ground. Time-wasting maybe. Norwich looking to make another change. They take an age making it.

90+1
Poor clearance from Bunn, but Weimann is left in an offside position as the ball is pumped back his way.

Four minutes of stoppage time to be played.

90
Surely there is no way back for Norwich now? They don't have long to find a second leveller. They are giving it a go, but Villa looking to shut up shop.

89
GOAL ASTON VILLA - AGBONLAHOR. We might have a very late winner. Agbonlahor again for Villa. He shows great pace to skip away from Bassong and drill across Bunn into the back of the net.

88
First-time pass sent through the middle for Pilkington to chase. He can't quite catch up with the ball and Guzan is able to gather on the edge of his box. Nice idea from the hosts.

87
Johnson goes down after tangling with Westwood. He soon bounces back to his feet. Garrido fires the free-kick long from halfway. Kamara touches the ball on and Holt fires the nod down narrowly past the post.

86
We end up with all three Bennetts on the field, as Elliott Bennett comes on in place of Snodgrass. Warm hand for the Norwich winger as he makes his way from the field.

85
Vlaar gets away with a poor clearance. Looking at the penalty incident again, Joe Bennett first had hold of Snodgrass outside the box. He can have few complaints, though, as he shouldn't have tangled with him at all.

84
Benteke gathers in midfield and turns to face Norwich. He carries the ball too far. Villa remain in possession, but with two banks of four in front of them. Weimann unable to find a way through.

83
Big goal at The Hawthorns, with Wigan having taken the lead against West Brom. Not what those here want to hear. Looking like the basement battle has a few twists left in it yet.

82
Holt hooks a hopeful cross into the six-yard box. As he has pulled wide, there is no-one in there to challenge and Guzan can pluck the ball out of the air. Villa then launch an attack of their own, which comes to nothing.

81
Long throw from Lichaj is cleared by Bassong. As Norwich hammer clear, Guzan races from his box to beat Kamara to the loose ball. Baker then slices a clearance into the stands.

80
Westwood chips the set-piece towards Benteke, but can't find him. Norwich pegged back on the edge of their own box for a moment. Delph breaks forward and slips a pass towards Weimann. He does well to keep the ball in play and win a throw.

79
Lambert looking to add a bit more experience to his midfield with the change. Villa back on the ball, with Joe Bennett moving forward. He wins a free-kick off Snodgrass. He has plenty to say about the decision, but escapes a caution.

78
Johnson striding forward. He goes to ground, but gets nothing. Home support raise the noise level again. Villa rocking slightly. Norwich let them off the hook as a poor touch from Kamara hands them a throw. Change made by Villa as Sylla is replaced by Holman.

77
Free-kick to Villa wide on their left. Joe Bennett floats it forward, onto the head of Ryan Bennett. Howson leads a Norwich charge down field. Villa get men flooding back and Vlaar cuts out a run from Kamara.

76
Norwich fans were singing 'You don't know what you're doing' to Hughton when Hoolahan went off. They are now a lot happier with life - unsurprisingly!

75
Can we find a winner. Norwich now buzzing and pressing forward again. Snodgrass with a wonderful turn inside the box and Baker has to block a shot away from goal.

74
GOAL NORWICH - HOLT. No mistake from the Norwich skipper as he levels things up. Holt sends Guzan the wrong way as he fires low into the bottom corner - to his right.

73
Joe Bennett fells Snodgrass inside the box. He had hold of the Norwich winger and he went over once inside the area. Bennett fortunate not to pick up a second yellow card.

72
Joe Bennett takes no chances with a long ball into the box as he glances behind. Corner to Norwich. Snodgrass over yet another set-piece. His delivery is decent, but cleared from inside the six-yard box. Pilkington prevents Weimann from racing clear on the counter.

71
Snodgrass comes inside this time, but then plays a pass behind Johnson. Norwich trying to force the issue. Moans and groans from the stands. Kamara sent on in place of Hoolahan.

70
Changes will be made soon. Norwich probing on the field, but Villa standing firm. Snodgrass being allowed no room down the right flank. Canaries forced backwards towards halfway.

69
Weimann wide to Lichaj. He slips past Pilkington, but then looks to play the ball back to the edge of the box rather than across goal. Wrong choice. Norwich race forward, but Hoolahan sprays a terrible pass across the field and out for a goal kick.

68
Handbags in midfield. Benteke involved. He sees yellow for the part he played. The Villa striker shoved Bassong in the throat. Credit to the Norwich man, he didn't make a meal of the contact right in front of the referee.

67
Should have been two, with Villa coming close again. Agbonlahor exchanges passes with Benteke and looks full of confidence now. He drifts towards the dead-ball line and fires across goal and wide of the post.

66
Norwich still haven't made their changes yet. They need to get someone alongside Holt. He is looking isolated now and is pulling wide too often in an effort to get involved. Meanwhile, Villa are happy to play keep ball.

65
Free-kick to Norwich wide on their right. Snodgrass delivers again, but he can only find Guzan - who can let the ball bounce inside the box before gathering. Norwich keep on coming, but Vlaar sees Snodgrass away from goal.

64
Neatly done by Delph as he is freed down the middle. He cuts back onto his right foot and looks to bend the ball into the top corner. He gets nowhere near and fires high into the stands. Good build-up work, poor finish.

63
Weimann is now hobbling. He may have tweaked something stretching to reach that cross, or he may be trying to offer an excuse for missing a sitter. He could have headed the ball and made absolutely sure.

62
Wigan have equalised again at West Brom. Here, Agbonlahor deflects a cross from the Norwich right behind for a corner. Snodgrass takes, and Guzan comes through the crowd to claim. He gets Agbonlahor racing down the left. His cross is met by Weimann in front of goal, but he somehow prods over the top.

61
Space for Garrido on the left. Poor marking from Villa as they leave two Norwich players unmarked at the back post. Hoolahan takes the ball off Martin and ends up stretching for a header he diverts well wide.

60
Westwood back on free-kick duty, but floats the ball into the hands of Bunn. He immediately fires long down field. Norwich readying changes. They need to find something from somewhere. On the field, Weimann trips Johnson.

59
Joe Bennett curls over the set-piece. Baker gets a touch, but the ball bobbles through to Bunn. Villa seeing more of the ball all of a sudden. Agbonlahor fouled again and Johnson sees yellow this time.

58
Agbonlahor not allowed to carry the ball as far on this occasion. Johnson bundles into the back of him and concedes a free-kick. Home support stunned into silence at the moment.

57
Snodgrass delivers from the set-piece. Taking is delayed due to holding inside the box. Vlaar and Holt spoken to. Ball eventually swept to the near post, where it is flicked clear.

56
Villa haven't looked like scoring all afternoon, in truth, and now they lead. Norwich have to step things up now. Can they hit back? They win a corner.

55
GOAL ASTON VILLA - AGBONLAHOR. A goal out of nothing for Villa. A great strike from Agbonlahor from 25 yards out. He shrugs off one challenge as he glides forward and then drills past Bunn into the bottom corner.

55
Delph dives into a challenge on Snodgrass, catches him high and is booked. Frustration from the Villa midfielder after losing the ball. Norwich make nothing of the free-kick.

54
Westwood gets nothing as he tumbles past Pilkington. Howson looks to pick out the Canaries winger going the other way, but puts too much on his pass and it slips out for a throw. Still very scrappy.

53
Snodgrass crosses right-footed and finds Howson on the edge of the box. He tees up Holt, but he snatches at his shot and drags well wide. West Brom back in front against Wigan.

52
Hoolahan slips in midfield and ends up taking Sylla with him. Free-kick to Villa and a chance to work the ball into the box. Westwood clips the ball forward and Holt has to glance behind for a corner. Westwood takes again, but Norwich can clear.

51
Holt tangling with Vlaar this time. He ends up on the deck and unable to gather the ball. Villa give the ball away again. Norwich keeping coming forward, surely they will create a chance at some point. Not on this occasion as Guzan gathers again.

50
Snodgrass with a cross which Lichaj glances away for a throw. Pilkington does well to send over a cross from the corner flag, but Guzan gathers with ease. Villa can't get out of their own half, but see Snodgrass run the ball out of play as he looks to threaten again.

49
Baker with a needless foul on Holt. He knows he has to throw his weight around in that battle. Snodgrass fires forward, but can't find the head of Martin. Villa able to feed the ball down the left to safety.

48
Benteke drops deep and is allowed to drift forward to 25 yards out. He looks to pull the trigger, but once again his radar is well off as he slices wildly wide of the target. Not been his day so far.

47
Lichaj with a push on Garrido. Free-kick is floated wide to the right. Norwich unable to pose any kind of threat and Villa can clear. Ball allowed to bobble around in midfield with neither side wanting to get a foot on it.

46
Benteke in on goal inside seconds of the re-start. He touches the ball around Ryan Bennett and gets a sight of goal. He can't get the ball out from under his feet and rolls a tame effort at Bunn.

Villa get the second half up and running. No changes at the interval.

The players are making their way back out, with Villa the first to emerge from the tunnel. Here's hoping the second half is more entertaining than the first.

Nathan Lynn says: "Glad to see Norwich keeping Benteke quiet..Time to bring on Kamara? It's his last game..could be keen to prove himself..."

Remember you can also bet in-play at Skybet.com. Norwich are now 13/8 to take the spoils, with Villa 5/2 and the draw 5/4. You can get 5/2 on the game ending 0-0.

How do you see the second half going? Get your thoughts in to Chris.Burton@bskyb.com or @SkySportsChrisB.

Norwich 0 Aston Villa 0. No goals at the interval. The hosts have seen more of the ball, but chances have been few and far between.

45+1
Westwood sends over the corner, but Norwich can clear their lines. Villa asking questions at the end of the half, with Norwich putting in two brave blocks to deny Vlaar and Agbonlahor.

One minute of stoppage time to be played.

45
Bunn happy to take his time with a clearance. He is put under no pressure by Villa. The visitors end up winning the ball back, with Agbonlahor finding space down the right. His cross is touched onto his own crossbar by Garrido. Corner to Villa.

44
Villa win a throw deep in the Norwich half. Lichaj looks to send it long. Great leap from Ryan Bennett to nod clear from in front of his own goal. Norwich unable to counter as Hoolahan handles.

43
Holt chasing everything for Norwich. He is giving the Villa defence a run for their money. He can't gather a long ball down the left, and ends up conceding a free-kick.

42
Martin across the park to Johnson. The ball is moved on to Garrido. He sends off a great cross from the left flank. Hoolahan can't get a touch and Holt is surprised to see the ball reach him and ends up sending a diving header well off target.

41
Sylla tripped in midfield by Garrido. Villa in no hurry to take the set-piece. When they do take it, they go square. Lambert will be looking for his side to offer much more in the second half. They seem happy to settle for a draw at the moment. Bit early for that.

40
Pilkington does really well to step inside on the right and send off a dangerous delivery. Holt is inches away from getting a touch in front of Guzan, but the Villa keeper is able to gather. Wigan have levelled at West Brom.

39
Joe Bennett floats a free-kick from halfway into the Norwich box. There are plenty of players around to challenge, but none of them get anything on the delivery. Baker came closest, but the ball bounces harmlessly behind.

38
Martin flying down the Norwich right. Joe Bennett sticks with him and blocks an attempted cross. The Canaries try again, but Snodgrass is unable to whip a delivery goalwards. The ball ends up slipping behind for a goal kick.

37
Joe Bennett pushes forward from full-back and finds Agbonlahor. He in turn finds Benteke, who feeds it wide to Weimann. He shoots first time from a tight angle and Bunn can drop to his left to gather at his near post.

36
Benteke puts pressure on Bassong, but Norwich end up winning a goal kick. The Canaries have kept Villa's in-form frontman very quiet so far. Will that remain the case, though?

35
Snodgrass with a tame effort that he fires straight into the wall. He came nowhere near getting the ball over the Villa wall. The ball ends up falling back his way, but a second effort is little better and is easily saved by Guzan.

34
Snodgrass held on the edge of the box by Joe Bennett. No need to concede a free-kick there, with Snodgrass having his back to goal. He did have a tug on the winger's shirt. Great chance for Norwich - 20 yards out, dead centre.

33
Another long ball from Martin finds Hoolahan this time. He slips initially, but gets back to his feet and twists and turns to make a yard of space. He does nothing with it as a poor cross is easily cleared.

32
Baker back on his feet and okay to continue. Villa give the ball back to Norwich. Martin goes cross field toward Snodgrass, who does well to win the ball against Lichaj.

31
Bunn fires long, Baker nods up in the air. He goes down again after another challenge with Holt. The experienced Norwich frontman is giving the Villa youngster a rough time. He knows he has been in a game. He was caught by high studs on this occasion.

30
Guzan hammers high down field. News from the Hawthorns is that West Brom have taken the lead against Wigan. Good news for these sides. Here, Delph crashes a 25-yard drive well past the post.

29
Hoolahan drops deep to get involved, but Vlaar goes with him. Norwich asking questions again and Westwood ends up poking the ball behind for a corner. Set-piece taken quickly, catching Villa napping. Flag goes up against Snodgrass.

28
Garrido concedes a corner. Lowton has to make his way off and is replaced by Lichaj. Set-piece comes to nothing as Ryan Bennett can glance clear in a crowded penalty area.

27
Martin floats the ball into the box. Holt is able to muscle Baker out of the way and nod down, inches in front of Hoolahan. Guzan able to gather. Problem for Villa as Lowton is limping.

26
Bunn goes long to Holt, who battles with Baker and wins a throw. Snodgrass slips Joe Bennet, but can't find space for a cross. Villa can clear, but Benteke is pulled up for a foul on Martin.

25
Bunn with a poor clearance, but only travels about 30 yards. Sylla collects, but again Villa end up going backwards. Ball back with Guzan. Happened too often so far. Urgency needed from the visitors.

24
Patient play again from Norwich. Villa allowing them to get up to halfway. Long ball sent towards Pilkington, but he can't gather it in. Norwich keep pressing and force Delph into a hurried clearance. Throw wide on their right.

23
Free-kick to Norwich wide on their right. Chance to load the box. Snodgrass bends the delivery towards the back post, with runners getting under the flight of the ball. Ryan Bennett rises highest, but nods into the hands of Guzan.

22
Norwich look to play from deep this time. Villa happy to let them have it inside their own half. Hoolahan suddenly injects pace into the move after finding a pocket of space. He can't pick the Villa lock, though.

21
Delph hooks clear, but only offers the ball back to Norwich. A driven pass from Johnson makes its way past Vlaar, who takes an air shot. He is let off the hook as the ball skips away from Holt and through to Guzan.

20
Johnson clatters into the back of Sylla while challenging for a high ball. Free-kick to Villa on the edge of their own box. Hughton out trying to get instructions across to his troops.

19
Pilkington skips inside off his wing, but Norwich can't find a route into the box. They go back to Howson, who keeps looking right but has no-one to play the ball to. Eventually Pilkington crosses, and Joe Bennett nods clear.

18
Norwich looking to enjoy a spell of possession. They started really brightly but have allowed Villa to come back into the game. Both sides need the points so have to go looking for goals.

17
Joe Bennett goes into the book for wrestling Hoolahan to the turf.

17
Patient approach from Villa as they play their way out from the back. Norwich pressing quickly again and Guzan has to go long. Tackles flying in as the Canaries keep the door firmly bolted.

16
Guzan out of his area to hack clear. Weimann interested down the right, but the ball skips off the turf and Garrido can watch it out for a throw. Villa soon back in possession, with Delph and Agbonlahor combining. Still too busy in midfield at the moment.

15
Sylla drives Villa forward and looks right to Weimann. He cuts inside off his wing and drills low into the arms of Bunn. He holds on with Benteke sniffing around. Norwich waste no time getting the ball forward, but Holt is pulled up for a trip on Baker. He gets a talking to.

14
Poor from Westwood as he tries to force the issue. With few options, he looks to go long down the middle but gets far too much on the pass the ball runs through to Bunn. Lack of movement up top from Villa there.

13
Hoolahan looks to cross from the left flank. The ball strikers Lowton. Hand-ball shout goes up, but nothing given. Hoolahan tries again, but can't pick out Snodgrass at the back post - who climbs all over Joe Bennett trying to reach the ball.

12
Westwood hammers the corner in low, and Norwich can clear. Snodgrass looks to run the ball over halfway, but is caught by Sylla. Throw to the hosts.

11
Guzan fires long downfield, where Benteke nods down for Westwood. Not a lot of space in midfield. Agbonlahor finds some, but drills a stinging effort from 25 yards straight at Bassong. Corner to Villa.

10
Benteke puts Bassong under pressure and forces a throw deep in Norwich territory. Villa go backwards and across. Norwich closing down quickly and the ball ends up back at the feet of Guzan.

9
Snodgrass, back on the right, cuts inside onto his left foot. He whips a delivery towards the back post, but gets too much on the cross and it sails behind for a goal kick. Norwich targeting Villa's full-backs in the air with long balls from deep.

8
Norwich looking much the better side so far. Snodgrass probing again, but he can't slide a ball down the middle for Holt. Villa counter, with Agbonlahor leading the charge again. He finds Benteke, but his touch lets him down badly on the edge of the box.

7
Snodgrass sweeps the set-piece long, but Guzan can come and claim as the ball is nodded up in the air. Villa look to take an opportunity to get a foot on the ball, for the first time.

6
Bunn well out of his area to launch down field. Holt touches on, but more up than on. Norwich force their second corner as Joe Bennett has to flick behind from in front of Holt.

5
Snodgrass, who has moved out to the left, goes down on the edge of the box, but gets nothing, Agbonlahor can run the ball clear for Villa. He looks to burst past Ryan Bennett inside the box, but is muscled out by the Norwich defender.

4
Baker with a heavy landing as he challenges with Holt. He gets back to his feet. Martin well forward and plays a clever pass into the path of Pilkington. His low cross from the dead-ball line is pounced on by Guzan.

3
Benteke looking to drive forward, but he is outnumbered and then catches Bassong with a stray boot. He caught him high on the knee, but no card shown. Bunn hammers the free-kick long for Norwich, but is unable to pick out a yellow shirt.

2
Snodgrass can get on the ball this time, as he is freed down the right flank. He hooks over a cross, which Lowton has to nod behind at the back post for the first corner of the game. Snodgrass takes, and the whistle blows for pushing by Bassong inside the box.

1
Bennett wins an early throw, then concedes one. Norwich keen to start quickly. Snodgrass a bit too eager to get involved and concedes a free-kick.

Norwich get us under way in bright sunshine at Carrow Road.

The players are out so we'll have to leave the feedback there for now. There will be further opportunities to have your say at half-time and at the final whistle.

Nathan Lynn is tuning in from afar and is in optimistic mood. He says: "Greetings from a Cape Town canaries fan! Looks like our strongest side with the exception of Turner and Ruddy...2-1 City!"

Brian Cook is another Villa fan hoping for a helping hand from a West Midlands rival. He says: "I would like to see Villa take at least a point. I was in Norwich this week and spoke to two Norwich Fans in the Norwich F.C. Shop. They thought it would be draw and thought both sides would survive. They were very concerned about Benteke getting the better of their defence. Also, let us hope the Baggies can do us a favour against Wigan."

Ross Buet thinks Villa will claim another win...just. He says: "Massive game for Villa today, could do with a favour from the Baggies too! Weimann to score first villa to win 2-1 #AVFC."

Ryan Ward is confident Villa will take the spoils. He says: "I can see Villa picking up the 3 points today! I'm going for a 4-0 Villa win, they will be thriving with momentum since the 6-1 win. Benteke hat-trick again today! Up The Villa!"

Simon Pepin is looking for the home side to take something. He says: "Surprised not to see Ruddy in the side today for such a vital game. Good to see Hoolahan back in the side, and I think we'll have enough to get at least a point today. Can't bear the possibility of Lambert coming back and taking all 3 points!!!"

Half an hour until kick-off, get your pre-match thoughts in to Chris.Burton@bskyb.com or @SkySportsChrisB.

Just the three players named Bennett involved today. I apologise in advance for any confusion caused over the course of the 90 minutes. I will endeavour to make it as clear as possible which one we are talking about at any given time.

Jordan Else the first to get in touch, and he is tipping Villa to pick up another three points. He says: "I was not expecting 6-1 vs Sunderland I was going for a draw, but a draw today would be enough. If we win we're safe, I think Norwich are already so we will give it our all this match, and considering both team's records in the past few games there's a major difference. I do think we can pick up the 3 points today and I'm going for 3-1 with Benteke Agbonlahor and Weimann scoring for us, Holt being our biggest threat he will most likely score for them."

Today's referee is Kevin Friend.

Aston Villa team: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Bennett, Westwood, Delph, Sylla, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke. Subs: Given, Holman, Lichaj, Bent, Bowery, N'Zogbia, Bannan.

Norwich team: Bunn, R.Martin, Bassong, R.Bennett, Garrido, Johnson, Howson, Snodgrass, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Holt. Subs: Camp, Whittaker, Jackson, Kamara, E.Bennett, Barnett, Tettey.

You can bet in-play throughout the afternoon at Skybet.com. Little to choose between the two sides prior to kick-off, with Norwich available at 7/5 to pick up the points, Villa 15/8 and the draw 23/10. You can get 11/4 on Christian Benteke to score and Villa to win.

Can Norwich pick up a much-needed positive result or will Villa prevail on the road? Who will be the men to keep an eye on? Let me know your thoughts.

Feel free to offer your opinion on today's game by contacting me direct at Chris.Burton@bskyb.com or @SkySportsChrisB.

In contrast, Villa have won four of their last seven to clamber out of the bottom three. Villa hammered Sunderland 6-1 in their last outing and beat Norwich 4-1 at Carrow Road in the Capital One Cup earlier this season - which saw Paul Lambert return to Norwich for the first time since leaving last summer.

Norwich start the day six points clear of the drop zone, but aware that Wigan have a game in hand on all of those above them. The Canaries have picked up just one win in their last eight, and two in their last 18.

Big game for both sides this afternoon, with both still sweating on their top-flight status.

Welcome to Carrow Road for our coverage of today's Premier League clash between Norwich and Aston Villa.

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