‘Norwich are clearly faltering, they offered threats but there’s a new-found resilience about Steve Bruce’s bunch’: Birmingham Mail gives its take on Norwich City’s defeat against Aston Villa

Ivo Pinto picked up two yellow cards at Aston Villa. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Ivo Pinto picked up two yellow cards at Aston Villa. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City endured more Championship away day misery with a 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa. While City were left downhearted the opposition walked away feeling hopeful of a top-six finish. Here's what the opposition's media had to say about yesterday's game at Villa Park.

'It's not over yet,' is the message Aston Villa's players sent out as they saw off Norwich City to maintain a late push for a top-six finish, according to the Birmingham Mail.

And when it came to Norwich's performance, reporter Gregg Evans wrote: 'Jonathan Kodjia was the hero once again, rattling in the opener on 25 minutes and wrapping up the win with a late strike to take his tally to 17 for the season.

'Villa are starting to believe again and with seven games remaining, a faultless return could see the claret and blues sneak into the play-offs.

'Norwich, who are still above Villa in the table but clearly faltering, offered threats to the Villa goal but there's a new-found resilience about Steve Bruce's bunch.

'Ex-Blues striker Cameron Jerome had the best chance of the first half but he wasted his weak effort from eight yards out after looking certain to score.

'His horror miss was punished by Villa who broke the deadlock soon after.

'Scott Hogan collected the ball on the half-way line, split the defence with a pass into Kodjia's pass and the in-form forward cut inside before firing into the top corner.

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'Minutes later Michael McGovern denied Hogan with a fine save before the striker hobbled off with an injury.

'After the break Nathan Baker saw an effort cleared off the line and Conor Hourihane crashed the rebound off the crossbar.

'Kodjia also shot inches wide after good work from Albert Adomah before a late push from the visitors.

'Nelson Oliviera had the crucial chance to level the scores but his heavy touch in the box ended the move and Villa flew up the other end to kill the game off.

'A ball over the top found Villa's in-form striker and he coolly lifted it over the keeper to send the Holte End into wild celebrations.'

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