Goals from Jonny Howson and Dieumerci Mbokani secured a 2-0 win for Norwich over Aston Villa at Carrow Road on Monday to stretch the Villians winless run to 18 Premier League matches.
- Norwich 2 Aston Villa 0
- Villa dominate first half
- Howson opens scoring
- Mbokani adds late second
A spell of impressive early pressure from the away side was undone by a tidy Howson volley in the 24th minute of the game.
Villa responded well to going behind, but again were unable to find a breakthrough and Mbokani put the result beyond doubt in the 87th minute with a strong header past Brad Guzan.
The result moves Norwich three points clear of the relegation zone and compounds an already dire situation for Villa, who remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.
The away side had not won since the opening day of the season and looked determined to snap their 17-game run without a win.
Leandro Bacuna had a shot turned away by Declan Rudd in just the fourth minute of the game before Kieran Richardson hit a stinging half volley, from 25 yards out, over the bar four minutes later.
Jordan Ayew went close with a header from an Ashley Westwood free kick in the 15th minute, but the chance was again well saved by Rudd.
Against the run of play, Norwich grabbed the lead in the 24th minute of the match after Nathan Redmond's cross into the box bounced off Ciaran Clark into the path of Howson, who hammered a volley home to make it 1-0.
Villa fought back hard after the goal, but were unable to break down the home side for the rest of the first half.
Norwich were more effective in the second period and should have doubled their lead on 56 minutes after Guzan spilled a Redmond effort, but Howson could not hit the target with the rebound.
The Villains began to push higher up the pitch in search of an equaliser, but the home side were effective in breaking play down and it became a very scrappy affair.
Mbokani secured the points in the 87th minute with a strong header past Guzan from a lovely Wes Hoolahan cross.
The visitors went close to grabbing a consolation goal deep into second half injury time but the excellent Rudd was once again on hand to deny a dangerous Ayew free kick.