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Norwich v Aston Villa

Monday December 28, 2015Norwich 2 - 0 Aston Villa

By Rhonda Richards | In Match Reports - Away Games

Micah returned to action but was unable to halt Villa’s slide as Remi Garde’s men suffered a 2-0 defeat away at Norwich City, leaving them 11 points adrift of safety.

It was Norwich’s second win in three games, results that have edged Alex Neil’s side away from the drop zone, but things are looking increasingly bleak for Villa.

They began the game brightly and Leandro Bacuna got the first effort away, testing Declan Rudd’s palms. Micah had a chance soon after but was unable to stab the ball home from six yards, whilst, in the best chance of the half for the away side, Jordan Ayew’s header sent Rudd scrambling to parry the ball away.

Alas, they were unable to find a way through and Norwich made them pay after 24 minutes as Jonny Howson found yards of space to collect the deflected cross and fire home to make it 1-0.

Howson had a chance to double his and Norwich’s tally soon after the break, firing wide after Brad Guzan’s initial save, but the advantage was eventually extended.

Dieumerci Mbokani it was who peeled away at the far post and headed home to make it 2-0, ending Villa’s hopes of clawing their way back into the game and leaving them ominously distant at the foot of the Premier League table.