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City comfortably beaten in 5-1 Villa defeat

5 October 2019

Norwich City were convincingly beaten at home as fellow promoted side Aston Villa put five past Daniel Farke's side at Carrow Road on Saturday.

In a third consecutive Premier League defeat, City might have been level had a Tyrone Mings handball been awarded for a penalty by VAR, but it wasn't to be.

A Michael McGovern penalty save wasn't enough to rally the troops, as Wesley, Jack Grealish, Conor Hourihane, and Douglas Luiz all buried chances to take three points back to Birmingham, Josip Drmic's late goal only a consolation.

An action-packed first half began with the away side on top, Villa going close through Anwar El Ghazi and John McGinn early on.

City responded with their first chance in the 8th minute as a good counter-attack, started by Todd Cantwell winning the ball from a stray Grealish pass, amounted to naught as Marco Stiepermann's charge at the defence was finalised with a shot straight at Tom Heaton.

Stiepermann blasted another effort well over the bar shortly thereafter, before Villa broke the deadlock on the 14th minute. El Ghazi delivered a cross from the right wing and Wesley read the offside trap well, getting on the wrong side of Ben Godfrey to collect and place in the bottom left corner for 1-0.

That goal got Norwich going again with a string of half-chance and corners, including a Cantwell volley sailing over the bar.

McGovern made an admirable save from Grealish in the 25th minute, diving to his left to push the ball around the post after the Villa midfielder found himself in plenty of time and space to let fly from distance. 

McGovern's next save was less straightforward, as a Hourihane corner was headed onto his chest by Wesley before El Ghazi knocked the rebound onto the bar from close range.

It should have been 2-0 to Villa, but it arguably should have been 1-1 moments later when a goalmouth scramble in Villa's penalty area led to Mings handling the ball while lying on the ground. The referee didn't award a penalty, and bizarrely VAR didn't either.

Needless to say, City fans weren't best pleased when the visitors went up the other end and doubled their lead moments later. Hourihane's cross from the left wing was was dispatched by Wesley for 2-0.

With eight minutes to go until half-time, it looked as though the game could be out of sight when Andrew Madley pointed to the spot for a Villa penalty. Kenny McLean put in a late challenge on Hourihane and there was little he could protest about as Wesley stepped up for a chance to bag his hat-trick.

On a side note, the spot kick did give Ibrahim Amadou a chance to put his boot back on, after he'd been playing without it for a good minute or so.

With Norwich fans fearing the worst and a mountain to climb in the second half, McGovern produced a fine double save to deny Wesley his hat-trick, diving to his right to stop the initial penalty and then making himself big to deflect the rebound over the bar.

The save rejuvenated a frustrated Carrow Road crowd and got City going again, just what they needed. Leitner shot from distance on the brink of half-time, but it failed to trouble Heaton, much like the majority of City's first-half efforts, as they went into the break 2-0 down, but with the satisfaction that it wasn't 3-0.

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The second half didn't get underway with any real sign that Norwich would work a way back into the game, rather, Grealish made the task even less achievable when he put Dean Smith's side 3-0 up in 49 minutes following a one-two with Al Ghazi.

Emiliano Buendia and Cantwell both had chance shortly after, the latter's being driven straight at a squinting Heaton from a narrow angle. 

But the afternoon became an exercise of damage limitation for City after Hourihane made it four on the 61st minute. Matt Targett won the ball from Buendia in a dangerous area and Hourihane curled a shot into the left side of the goal to put the result beyond doubt.

At 4-0, Villa were more than comfortable enough to see out the remaining half-hour with little to worry about. Godfrey volleyed a chance over the bar for City, but the Canaries couldn't find a way beyond Villa's back-line to forge a clear-cut chance.

Douglas Luiz rubbed salt into the wounds with seven minutes remaining, curling an impressive shot into the top right corner for 5-0.

Drmic nabbed a consolation goal with just minutes to spare, beating Heaton to a loose ball and placing it into an empty net to give the City fans at least something to cheer about, but it was an afternoon to forget at Carrow Road.

Norwich City: McGovern, Aarons, Amadou, Godfrey (C), Lewis, McLean, Leitner, Buendia, Stiepermann (Roberts 75'), Cantwell (Srbeny 80'), Pukki (Drmic 83')
Subs not used: Mair, Byram, Idah, Famewo
Goals: Drmic (88')
Bookings: Pukki (32')

Aston Villa: Heaton, Guilbert, Engels (Konsa 75'), Mings, Targett, Nakamba, Hourihane (Luiz 77'), McGinn, Grealish (C), El Ghazi (Trezeguet 64'), Wesley
Subs not used: Steer, Taylor, Jota, Davis
Goals: Wesley (14', 30'), Grealish (49'), Hourihane (61')
Bookings: McGinn (42'), Hourihane (62'), Guilbert (70'), Douglas Luiz (83')

Referee: Andy Madley
Kick-off time: 3pm
Venue: Carrow Road
HT: 0-2

Today’s Golden Goal times were:

1st Goal: 13:59
2nd Goal: 29:32
3rd Goal: 48:35
4th Goal: 60:29
5th Goal: 82:03
6th Goal: 87:05

Lucky Number 1916

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