Norwich 2-1 Aston Villa: A second half brace from Jordan Rhodes inflicts first defeat on Villa manager Dean Smith
- Dean Smith suffered his first defeat as Aston Villa manager at Carrow Road
- Villa went ahead in the first half but there were two goals from Jordan Rhodes
- Both were close range efforts, and Dean Smith and John Terry looked on in pain
Jordan Rhodes struck two second half goals for Norwich to inflict a first defeat upon new Aston Villa manager Dean Smith.
Both were close range efforts that will have been painful for Smith’s assistant John Terry to watch.
Villa’s goal, which opened the scoring, was also firmly in the ‘preventable’ category. James Chester was credited with heading home form a corner, although it may well have been an own goal.
Aston Villa’s James Chester rises above the pack to head home the opening goal of the game
Norwich City’s Jordan Rhodes scores the equaliser for his team by getting above defenders
Jordan Rhodes scored another goal in the second half to give his team the lead in the match
Norwich kicked off on the back of a 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest on Saturday, 25 years plus a day since the Canaries enjoyed their most famous victory, a 2-1 win at Bayern Munich in the UEFA Cup.
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Villa fans of a certain age have their own fond memories of beating Bayern of course, in the 1982 European Cup final thanks to Peter Withe’s goal.
That might as well be Ancient History as far as the current crop of Villa players are concerned, although Terry has his own Munich memories. Specifically joining his team-mates in full Chelsea kit to celebrate beating Bayern in the 2012 final having had to watch because of suspension.
Norwich made a hasty change before kick-off as Alex Tettey’s partner went into labour so Timm Klose took over the armband.
Christoph Zimmermann was booked in the fourth minute for clattering Jack Grealish, with Conor Hourihane testing Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul with an angled drive from the free-kick move.
Norwich replied with too-high efforts from Moritz Leitner and Todd Cantwell before Axel Tuanzebe cleared Klose’s header before it could reach the target.
Villa took the lead in the 19th minute from Hourihane’s corner. Chester’s head met it, although it looked like Norwich’s Tom Trybull actually got the finishing touch with his.
Smith’s side almost doubled the lead in the 34th minute when Alan Hutton burst into the box and laid the ball back for Tammy Abraham, whose flicked shot took enough of a deflection off a defender to hit the far post rather than the net and Albert Adomah’s follow-up was blocked.
The first half ended with Villa’s Neil Taylor booked for one foul too many, on Marco Stiepermann.
The Norwich vs Aston Villa game is John Terry’s second outing as Villa assistant manager
Centre-back James Chester celebrates scoring Aston Villa’s opening goal with his team-mates
Aston Villa’s Tammy Abraham leaves Norwich City’s Tom Trybull on the ground going for a ball
Christoph Zimmermann of Norwich City challenges Jack Grealish of Aston Villa in the game
Norwich City’s Jordan Rhodes celebrates getting his team back into the game at Carrow Road
Aston Villa manager Dean Smith looks on as his team gives away a one goal lead in the game
Emiliano Buendia of Norwich City and Scott Hogan of Aston Villa compete for the ball
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