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Alex Neil needed this win. Norwich City's players needed this win. Norwich City's fans needed this win to restore rapidly fading belief the Canaries can play any part in the Championship promotion picture.
The Scot called it right after the game when he labelled it a small step in the right direction. Steve Bruce raged at a below-par display from Aston Villa but there was no doubting the Canaries wanted this win much more. That was reflected in another home clean sheet. Ryan Bennett and Seb Bassong have had plenty of difficult moments in recent times but they were strong, committed and physically imposed their will on Villa's array of forward potential, which by the end included Ross McCormack and Rudy Gestede. Ivo Pinto was imperious down the right-flank and Martin Olsson offered balance on the opposite wing.
Graham Dorrans and Youssouf Mulumbu dovetailed perfectly in central midfield, with Mulumbu a physical counterpart to the creative guile of Dorrans. Jonny Howson's influence grew after a difficult start to proceedings trying to gain a foothold against a combative Villa midfield. While up top Nelson Oliveira continues to play himself firmly into the affections of the Norwich support with another cultured strike to seal the points.
Our Norwich City correspondent, Paddy Davitt, just edged it in favour of Dorrans who had his best outing in a Norwich shirt for many weeks, in part due to the added protection and extra muscle provided by his central ally Mulumbu.
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