J Murphy (45+2),D Srbeny (54),J Maddison (72)
J Grealish (67)
Norwich vs A Villa
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12:30pm Saturday 7th April
NORWICH 3-1 ASTON VILLA
The race for promotion takes another turn as a second-half flurry from Norwich sees them overcome Steve Bruce's Villa at Carrow Road! Stay tuned for a full report, highlights and reaction!
90+4: YELLOW! Chester goes into the book for a clash with Vrancic. Fair booking that one. as that was a heavy coming-together.
90+3: FREE-KICK! Elmohamady trips Murphy as he tries to get a grip on the ball for the last few minutes of the game. The Norwich man crosses for Oliveira, but Johnstone jumps to claim.
90+1: FOUR additional minutes at the end of the second half here.
90: Grealish seems to be the only one grafting for Villa and he drives through the middle of the park before dropping off a pass intended for Kodjia. Doesn't look to be any way back for them in this one...
89: OVER! Grealish delivers a cross to the unmarked Grabban, but the striker can't get anything meaningful on the shot and sidefoots over the bar.
87: OVER! Excellent flowing counter from Norwich but Hoolahan can't add another as he blazes over from Oliveira's cross.
85: SUB! Straight swap up front as Srbeny is replaced by Oliveira.
84: SHOT! Bjarnason hits an audacious shot from distance but it's nothing like the ones we know he's capable of...
82: YELLOW! Grealish gets frustrated as Grabban is fouled by Vrancic and goes into the book for his reaction.
83: SUB! It's another Norwich sub too as Hoolahan comes onto the pitch in place of Reed.
81: SAVE! Grealish sends in a clipped cross from the left and Gunn saves low with ease.
80: SUB! James Maddison's day is done as he's replaced by Zimmermann. The brief is clear - keep Villa at bay until full-time.
78: CHANCE! Another excellent run from Murphy is almost converted by Srbeny at the centre of the goal, but it's just out of his reach!
77: Villa don't look too rattled, it just seems that they know how much hard work they need to put in for a results here. But every cross they deliver, every attack they mount, Norwich are handling it right now...
GOAL! NORWICH 3-1 ASTON VILLA (Maddison, 72)
The two-goal advantage is restored! It's an excellent finish from James Maddison, but the work from Josh Murphy is superb. He runs from a few yards beyond halfway, dancing past the Villa bodies and squares for Maddison who is pointing. He picks up the pass, steadies himself and slams past Johnstone!
NORWICH 2-1 ASTON VILLA
71: Well, all of a sudden the mood has changed at Carrow Road! There's a newfound impetus to Villa's attack and you wouldn't put another one past them at the moment...
GOAL! NORWICH 2-1 ASTON VILLA (Grealish, 67)
Villa have one back! Kodjia picks out Jack Grealish just inside the 18-yard box and the midfielder tucks a low shot out of the reach of Gunn and he reacts by paying tribute to Ray Wilkins. Game on?
NORWICH 2-0 ASTON VILLA
66: YELLOW! Grealish tries to get forward and Srbeny grabs his midriff to wrestle the ball away. Hourihane delivers the free-kick as a result, but Gunn patrols his area well and claims.
64: YELLOW! Villa not in any real hurry to get the ball forward at pace at the moment. Meanwhile, Reed pushes Bjarnason to the floor as he advances and goes into the book for his troubles.
61: BLOCKED! Villa think they have a chance, but though Hogan wins a corner from the feet of Klose, he is soon flagged offside. Further effort required...
58: Villa simply have to give this everything if they want to challenge for automatic promotion. But you just couldn't write this...the Championship has new twists and turns every single week.
56: SUBS! Two changes for Villa as Bruce looks to salvage something here - Kodjia and Grabban are on for Snodgrass and Adomah.
GOAL! NORWICH 2-0 ASTON VILLA (Srbeny, 54)
Not the start to the second half Villa would've wanted in the slightest! Murphy breaks and crosses for Reed around 20 yards out. He dinks a cross over to Dennis Srbeny, who slots home unmarked!
NORWICH 1-0 ASTON VILLA
53: It looks like Steve Bruce is lining up a few changes that we should see in the next few minutes...
52: Aston Villa have conceded their second-most goals from corners (9) this season, but the latest from Norwich didn't do enough to move them up the standings there. Still the Canaries threaten, though...
50: FREE-KICK! Hourihane is fouled and Snodgrass whips in the subsequent cross, which Vrancic heads away. Villa need to start working Angus Gunn more frequently if they want anything from this game...
48: It's all Norwich now as the look to build and grab a second early in this second half. They look bright as Maddison spreads the ball out to Srbeny on the right but his cross ends up in the arms of Johnstone.
47: Laboured start to the second half as it was in the first...
SECOND HALF! NORWICH 1-0 ASTON VILLA
What will this half bring? We're about to find out as we're back underway at Carrow Road!
WATCH: MURPHY'S WONDERSTRIKE
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We knew the game would need something special to spark it into action and after a relatively even 46 minutes or so, Josh Murphy gave it just that with a stunner. A great goal that has come at the time Steve Bruce wouldn't have wanted it. Advantage Norwich at the break...
GOAL! NORWICH 1-0 ASTON VILLA (Murphy, 45+2)
WHAT. A .GOAL. Josh Murphy's initial cross is blocked by John Terry at the near post, but he exchanges passes with Maddison, looks for the pass but instead goes for goal and bends a stunning effort beyond Johnstone from range. You'll struggle to see a better goal this season!
NORWICH 0-0 ASTON VILLA
45+1: We'll have THREE added minutes before the break here at Carrow Road.
45: Referee Peter Bankes calls for medical help as Maddison sits on the floor in some pain here. He's managed to get to his feet and only has a couple of minutes to last before the break.
43: Not too much action to shout about in this half, but will we see the opener before half time?
41: CHANCE! Maddison picks the ball up on the halfway line and drives forward. The Villa defence is in disarray, but Terry plays a huge part in preventing both Murphy and Srbeny poking home Vrancic's cross!
38: WIDE! Maddison's corner is blocked as Klose looks to pounce and they'll have another here. Snodgrass clears on the line, but again the attack comes to nothing.
36: YELLOW! First card of the day is handed to James Maddison as he brings down Snodgrass.
35: Reed finds himself in space halfway up the pitch and raises his arms as he looks to pick out a team-mate. Maddison floats a cross in and Klose looks to hit an ambitious volley but it's a weak effort from the defender.
32: SHOT! Powerful effort from Grealish as he finds space in midfield, but Hanley gets a strong head on the ball to put it behind for a corner. The initial delivery was blocked and a second cross nestles in the arms of Gunn.
30: John Terry is down on the deck in some pain here and it looks as though he's still feeling the effects of that earlier challenge from Vrancic. Jedinak readies himself on the touchline but the former England skipper looks to be fine to continue for now.
29: Hogan is well tracked by Hanley as he tries to latch onto a long ball forward. The Irishman has the tendency to hang on the shoulder of the final defender and has proved a nuisance already this afternoon.
27: Wild cross from Taylor is somehow kept in play by Snodgrass on the opposite flank, but as Villa look to build on the good fortune, Norwich break. It lasts just seconds however as Adomah breaks down the left, unchallenged...
25: SAVE! And there is a spark! Elmohamady delivers a low cross into the area from the right-hand byline and Gunn is down well to push the cross to safety with Villa bodies lurking.
24: It's probably Villa's influence that is growing moreso now at Carrow Road, where the atmosphere seems to have stifled somewhat. Some action needed to spark this one into life, you'd think.
20: Adomah dances past the outstretched leg of Maddison but still can't break into the final third. Meanwhile, Vrancic brings Terry down with a sneaky late challenge but escapes any punishment from Peter Bankes.
18: So we're starting to see a few chances here, but you still couldn't put a finger on who's more likely to strike first here at Carrow Road. Even game so far, really.
15: SAVE! Murphy races down the left flank as Norwich counter and manages to get a shot away. It's low and fairly simple for Johnstone, but it's a save nonetheless.
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