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Norwich City dashed Aston Villa’s chances of automatic promotion by beating them 3-1 at Carrow Road. The game started brightly and Josh Murphy put the Canaries ahead on the stroke of halftime. After the break, Dennis Srbeny put Norwich up by two goals before Villa pulled one back through Jack Grealish.
The final word came from James Maddison, who fired into the corner to seal the points for David Farke’s side. Villa had the chance to close the gap on Cardiff and Fulham but they never got going against a strong Norwich side. Here is how the Norwich players fared.
Couldn’t do anything about the Villa goal but will be disappointed to have conceded.
Was a willing runner all game but found himself pegged back as Villa pressed.
The German marshalled the Villa attackers well and was a threat during set-pieces.
Grant Hanley repeatedly put his body on the line for his side. A real show of character.
A good passer of the ball. Should have provided better delivery into the box.
Veteran Alex Tettey is the perfect destroyer and he kept Grealish and Hourihane quiet. Put in an impressive defensive shift for his side.
The on-loan Southampton midfielder kept the ball well and his range of passing is very good for a player at this level.
Got the game’s opening goal in the first-half stoppage time to put Norwich in the lead.
Vrancic had a solid game. His ability to hold on to the ball in tight situations and release his teammates was useful in a close game like this.
He showed the kind of class that will surely get him a move to a bigger club. Took his goal very well and has been a shining light in a disappointing season for Norwich.
Will be happy to have got on the scoresheet for Norwich and should improve towards the end of the season.
Got ten minutes under his belt and showed flashes of his quality.
Came on for a few minutes towards the end of the game.
Only had five minutes to play.