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Aston Villa 1-0 Norwich City


Conor Hourihane has six goals and three assists in eight league appearances against Norwich

Conor Hourihane came off the bench to score the only goal against fellow strugglers Norwich and halt Aston Villa’s four-match losing streak.

Both sides were promoted back to the Premier League last season and came into Christmas in the relegation zone after going five games without a win.

It was visitors Norwich who were the most positive during the first hour at Villa Park, with Sam Byram’s first-half header bouncing against the top of the crossbar.

But within eight minutes of coming on, Irish midfielder Hourihane swept the ball in from Jack Grealish’s lay-off to score with just Villa’s second shot on target.

Tom Heaton then produced a fine reflex save to deny Norwich substitute Onel Hernandez as Villa held on for a crucial victory.

Although they remain third-bottom, Villa are back within a point of safety while Norwich have slipped below Watford to the bottom of the table.

More to follow.





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