Dec 28, 2015 at 3pm UK at ​Carrow Road
NorwichNorwich City
2-0
Aston Villa
Howson (24'), Mbokani (87')
Bennett (61'), Martin (93')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Veretout (42'), Gueye (77'), Ayew (90'), Westwood (92'), Richards (93')

Result: Aston Villa in deeper trouble after Norwich City defeat

Aston Villa's winless run in the Premier League is extended to 18 games as they lose 2-0 away to Norwich City.

Goals from Jonny Howson and Dieumerci Mbokani have earned Norwich City a 2-0 win over struggling Aston Villa at Carrow Road.

Jonny Howson celebrates scoring Norwich's opener against Aston Villa on December 28, 2015© Getty Images

Despite the club heading into the match on the back of a 17-match winless run in the Premier League, Villa began the game on the front foot, with Leandro Bacuna forcing a save out of Declan Rudd from outside the penalty area.

Villa remained in the ascendency throughout the early stages, and Jordan Ayew could, and perhaps should, have scored his sixth goal of the season, but his free header was kept out by Rudd.

The West Midlands outfit were soon made to regret failing to make their dominance count as Norwich took the lead through Howson, who volleyed home at the back post after meeting Nathan Redmond's deflected cross.

Just before half time, Norwich should have doubled their lead, but despite meeting Redmond's corner under little pressure, Graham Dorrans could only fire wide.

Villa's early momentum had all but evaporated and 11 minutes into the second half, Howson could have netted a second when reacting fastest after Brad Guzan had failed to hold on to a Redmond shot, but he sent the rebound wide.

Sebastien Bassong was the next Norwich player to go close, but his header went wide, while Redmond sent a speculative effort towards goal, only to see Guzan make a comfortable save.

At 1-0, Villa remained in the game, but with three minutes remaining, Norwich put the result beyond doubt as Wes Hoolahan crossed for Mbokani to head past Guzan and give the Canaries some breathing space above the relegation zone.

Jesse Lingard of Manchester United celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford on November 7, 2015 in Manchester, England.
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4Bristol City1686226161030
5Middlesbrough167542113826
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7Derby CountyDerby157442319425
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10Leeds UnitedLeeds167272419523
11Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds166552119223
12Brentford165742521422
13Preston North EndPreston175751919022
14Norwich CityNorwich166461520-522
15Queens Park RangersQPR165651922-321
16Barnsley155462221119
17Fulham164751819-119
18Reading155371819-118
19Millwall164571717017
20Hull City164482830-216
21Burton Albion1734101134-2313
22Bolton WanderersBolton172691329-1612
23Birmingham CityBirmingham163310825-1712
24Sunderland161782031-1110