Last Updated: 11/12/12 9:39pm
Simply makes you wonder why Villa can be so poor in the Premier League, because they were irresistable at times tonight. Many thanks for joining me, and give me a follow at @danielstorey85
And that's full time. A wonderful second half from Aston Villa, for whom Christian Benteke and Andreas Weimann performed brilliantly after the break.
Honestly, that is one of the best goals I have seen this season. Villa pass the ball fifteen or sixteen times before working it to the edge of the area and allowing Benteke to strike. It makes you wonder how Villa are struggling
Fabulous work from Christian Benteke, who held the ball up , and passed back for Weimann to finish beautifully.
So can Norwich force extra time? Villa probably deserve this on the balance of play, but Norwich have created
What a chance for Pilkington to play in Snodgrass, but just too much pace on the ball. Corner for Norwich. From the set piece, great save from Given from a Holt header
We move towards the time in the match where I think extra time is on the cards, which normally means a winner is close by
Chris Herd has taken a heavy knock to the face from Grant Holt, but the referee believes that any contact was not deliberate
Again Shay Given miscontrols the ball and has a kick charged down. I have to say Given doesn't look like a Premier League goalkeeper tonight
Aston Villa have looked extremely comfortable on the ball tonight, not always the case when I have seen them this season
Another chance for Morison, who gets through and goal and then chips over Given, but the ball also goes over the bar. Again, should score for me
Chance for Norwich, and Morison heads over the crossbar. Possibly should have done better, although was pressured
And that's half time. A fluid half of open football, with both sides creating chances. Two goals in 90 seconds but it is still even. Join me in fifteen minutes for the second half...
Another good save from Bunn, and again it is Holman with the effort. He is by far the most impressive player on he field so far
A little spat between Holt and Herd ends with both players having a talking to from referee Michael Oliver
After that spell of Villa pressure, Norwich have done well to get back into the game. Darren Bent is now seen getting treatment, and he will be withdrawn
Huge chance for Morison, on the edge of the six yard box as the cross comes in, but the striker inexplicably fails to connect
Fabian Delph with an effort from distance, but always drifting high and wide. Shame, because he had options to pass there
Performances like this so far from Villa make you dhow they have struggled so much this season. Must score when on top though
Fantastic double save from Mark Bunn, as Lowton and Benteke both force diving stops from the keeper. Norwich are rocking slightly.
Villa now on top, enjoying great possession an offside ends the move. Norwich need to settle back onto the ball here.
Morison was sent through on goal from a simple ball allowed the striker to get one-on-one with Given. He dinks it past the keeper, who is in no mans land.
Lichaj tries to nod the ball across the penalty area after a good period for Villa, and Norwich scramble clear
Shay Given again clears into touch. He does need to work on that, because the Norwich fans are loving his slices!
A good passing move from Norwich ends with Given rushing to clear again. Norwich looking to imprint their passing on the game.
Chance for Norwich as Shay Given's clearance is charged down by Grant Holt. Luckily for Villa it fell to a defender.
Grant Holt air kicks the ball down the Norwich right, and he looks to be in pain. I'm not sure whether it is part hurt pride
@Webbysj5 gets in touch: 'I'm grateful for everything Paul Lambert did for our football club. Was gutted when he left. Always will be a NCFC legend!'
Darren Bent has a huge chance to give Villa the lead, but he hits Bunn when through on goal. Fantastic start here
Some League Cup love from @DarrenDrakeNI: 'League Cup is only maligned by teams that have been knocked out of it'. Well said sir!
The ground is filling up nicely now. This is officially a sell-out, which is great news for the League Cup, an oft-maligned competition.
Norwich have been backed in to evens to win in 90 minutes tonight with little support for Aston Villa at 13/5. We go 5/2 for the game to head to extra-time, while Grant Holt is the 9/2 favourite to open the scoring
Just over ten minutes to kick off, and a reminder (although I'm sure you already know) that if we are level after ninety minutes we go into extra time and penalties
Jeff Watts on Twitter reckons the man will come in from the cold (wintery reference): Bent to be hero tonight.....
There will always be boo boys for those fans who see it as an automatic reaction, but Lambert provided the best performance at the club since the early 90s.
So what sort of reception will Paul Lamber get tonight? Get in touch with me at @danielstorey85 with your thoughts, but I strongly hope it's positive. This is a manager that achieved a double promotion with the club, a phenomenal achievement.
I should also warn you that the mist is rolling in at Carrow Road (Isn't that a Nottingham Forest chant?), which doesn't make things ideal for text commentary! Hey ho.
To remind you, Norwich are unbeaten in ten games in all competitions and unbelievably sit four points off the top four. That's hugely impressive.
For what it is worth, I'm fairly confident of a good game tonight. I do fancy Norwich with the run they are on, and the gap created between themselves and the bottom three allows them to have a real good go tonight
So, the big news is probably that Paul Lambert picks Darren Bent and Christian Benteke alongside each other
@harrybakewell gets in touch with his thoughts: 2-0 Aston Villa. Lambert has something to prove on first trip back to Carrow road. Up the Villa.
Norwich: Bunn; R. Martin, Bassong, Barnett, Tierney; Pilkington, Johnson, Howson, Snodgrass; Holt , Morison
Before we get things started, let me remind you to get in touch with me or give me a follow on Twitter @danielstorey85 I want to hear your predictions for tonight's game, and the best will be published.
Paul Lambert returns to Carrow Road for the first time since he left for Aston Villa. What sort of reception will he receive?