Half-Time Report: Christian Benteke gives Aston Villa lead at midway point

Christian Benteke's second Premier League goal of the season fires Aston Villa in front against Norwich City at Villa Park.

Christian Benteke's second Premier League goal of the season has fired Aston Villa in front against Norwich City at Villa Park.

Norwich City's Bradley Johnson and Aston Villa's Marc Albrighton© PA Photos

The 21-year-old, who began the game in place of Darren Bent, collected Brett Holman's clever square pass before beating John Ruddy with a clinical finish on 26 minutes.

At the other end moments earlier, Wes Hoolahan was denied from six yards by the outstretched leg of Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

The hosts came close to doubling their lead seven minutes before the interval, but Benteke's left-footed effort from close range was deflected wide.

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