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Monday February 8, 2016Aston Villa 2 - 0 Norwich City

By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Home Games

Villa moved to within eight points of safety with a well-deserved 2-0 win over Norwich City.

Joleon Lescott headed Remi Garde’s side in front just before the break, before Gabriel Agbonlahor doubled the advantage in the second half after a Declan Rudd error.

With 13 games left to play, Villa hope to give themselves a fighting chance of avoiding the drop, and more performances like this will go a long way.

A first-half devoid of quality was eventually brought to life moments before the half-time whistle as Lescott’s header went in via two deflections from Carles Gil’s free-kick.

Villa still lacked fluidity up until the second goal, Agbonlahor racing through and with Rudd misjudging his rush out, the striker stroked home to make it 2-0.

Norwich substitute Patrick Bamford was denied by a brilliant saving challenge from Jores Okore, but Micah and his fellow defenders were rarely troubled by a side clearly lacking in attacking dynamism.

The win gives a glimpse of hope, though the Villa faithful will acknowledge there’s still a long way to go if Garde’s side are to haul themselves clear.