Aston Villa 3-2 Norwich City
Twenty-six shots on goal in eleven games, the resurgence of Gabriel Agbonlahor is imminent for all to see.
It was a game of five goals as nearly promoted Norwich City rolled into town. Anthony Pilkington with the first goal of the game on the twenty-sixth minute, however just five minutes later Darren Bent made up for his miss against Sunderland last week when his predatory skills were asked for. Gabby Agbonlahor then latched onto a string on Norwich mistakes early in the second half to give Villa the lead. Soon after Gabby yet again provided the deadly cross for record-signing Bent to poke into the back of the net. Yet the game was still not over when Steve Morison's late header meant for a nervy finale.
The sea of yellow and green filtered through the streets of Aston hours before kick-off as Norwich City welcomed another Premier League encounter. In loud voice, the Canaries were the first ones to celebrate after a bright start, which had led to Villa's keeper Given being called into action to make a trio of saves, early on. Alan Hutton made a silly challenge on captain Grant Holt. Anthony Pilkington stepped up and swung the ball just past Shay Given's reach to give them the lead.
After half an hour, Bent brought Villa level. For the second time, consectively Bent has been given some stick. This time for his spell at Ipswich, Norwich still seem to remember. Obviously, Darren had the last laugh. Agbonlahor outpaced on-loan defender Kyle Naughton to fire in a cross where Benty bundled it over the line.
After the break, a mix-up between Barnett and goalkeeper Ruddy allowed speed demon Agbonlahor roll the ball into the net. A cruel, but deserved punishment for Norwich's Championship-esque defending. Barnett's pass was just too short, however everyone thought that Ruddy would be favourite to get there first, only for Gabby to score from it to rescue the lead.
GABBY FOR ENGLAND! C'mon Capello!