Game #5442

2017-18

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Position:

Championship

Norwich City

Villa Park

Attendance: 29,157

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Villa win at the fourth attempt in the Championship in 2017-18 thanks to a hat-trick from the irrepressible Conor Hourihane.

Aston Villa

4-2

Norwich City

Scorer(s) | Conor Hourihane | 22’ | 68’ | 85’ | André Green | 42’ |

Assist(s) | Keinan Davis | 22’ | Henri Lansbury | 42’ | 68’ | Ahmed Elmohamady | 85’ |

AT A GLANCE

Game #5442

Season | 2017-18 |
Matchday | #5 |
League Game | #4 |
Manager Game | #41 |
Saturday, 19 August 2017

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steve Bruce |
KO | 3.00pm |
Referee | Jeremy Simpson, Lancashire |
HT Score | 2-0 |
FT Score | 4-2 |
FT Result | Won |
Last 5 Games | DWLLW |
League Position | 16th | +7 |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: Jeremy Simpson
Assistants: Tony Peart, Chris Akers

MATCH INCIDENTS

Jeremy Simpson

Villa

🟨 |

Norwich City

🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 |

🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    

TEAM STATS

Starting XI Average Age
| 27.28 |

Oldest Player |
CB John Terry | 36.72 |

Youngest Player |
W André Green | 19.08 |

TEAM NEWS

Ritchie De Laet, Scott Hogan (injury) and Birkir Bjarnason make way for Keinan Davis (first League start), the recovered Ahmed Elmohamady and Alan Hutton.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 2 |
F Scott Hogan |
M Jack Grealish |

Loaned Out | 3 |
W Carles Gil |
Deportivo La Coruña |
12 Jul 17 - 30 Jun 18 |

M Aaron Tshibola |
MK Dons |
27 Jul 17 - 9 Nov 17 |

LB Jordan Amavi |
Olympique Marseille |
10 Aug 17 - 30 Jun 18 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 43%
Possession A | 57%
Shots F | 4
Shots A | 6
Shots on Target F | 1
Shots on Target A | 1
Corners F | 3
Corners A | 3
Fouls F | 13
Fouls A | 11

MANAGER

Steve Bruce

STAFF

Assistant Manager: Stephen Clemence
Assistant Manager: Colin Calderwood
Technical Director: Steve Round

STARTING LINE UP

GK Sam Johnstone |
LB Neil Taylor |
RB Alan Hutton |
RB Ahmed Elmohamady |
CB James Chester |
CB John Terry |
M Glenn Whelan |
M Conor Hourihane |
M Josh Onomah |
W André Green |
CF Keinan Davis |

SUBSTITUTES

M Henri Lansbury for M Josh Onomah | 30’ |
RB James Bree for RB Alan Hutton | 64’ |
CB Christopher Samba for CF Keinan Davis | 87’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Jed Steer
F Scott Hogan
M Birkir Bjarnason
W Albert Adomah

THE OPPOSITION

GK Angus Gunn, LB James Husband (W Yanic Wildschut), CB Russell Martin, CB Christoph Zimmermann, CB Marcel Franke, M Harrison Reed, M Mario Vrančić, M Marco Stiepermann, W Josh Murphy (g), F Steven Naismith (M Wes Hoolahan), CF Cameron Jerome (CF Nélson Oliveira (g)).

Manager: Daniel Farke.

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Villa secure their first win of the season courtesy of a Conor Hourihane hat-trick who now has 4 goals in two games as Villa rise to 16th in the table with 5 games played.

Conor Hourihane’s hat-trick is Villa's first since Scott Sinclair in the League Cup on Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Bizarrely Steve Bruce doesn’t take credit for his attacking team selection and blames it on having his “hand … forced”.

With two assists coming from Henri Lansbury who only took the field as an early substitute for the injured Josh Onomah and a third from a player he didn’t intend to play, confidence in the manager is not high and add to the concern that there is little in the way of a tactical plan at Villa Park.

Hat-trick hero Conor Hourihane rescues Villa again, 19 August 2017

Source: avfc.co.uk/News/2017/08/19/match-report-villa-4-2-norwich

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MATCH TIMELINE

22’ Goal, 1-0, Conor Hourihane, Assist by Keinan Davis
30’ Sub off, Josh Onomah, Sub on, Henri Lansbury
42’ Goal, 2-0, André Green, Assist by Henri Lansbury
HT Aston Villa 2-0 Norwich City
58’ Booking, Alan Hutton
60’ Goal, 2-1, (Norwich City)
64’ Sub off, RB Alan Hutton, Sub on, RB James Bree
68’ Goal, 3-1, Conor Hourihane, Assist by Henri Lansbury
79’ Goal, 3-2, (Norwich City)
85’ Goal, 4-2, Conor Hourihane, Assist by Ahmed Elmohamady
87’ Sub off, CF Keinan Davis, Sub on, CB Christopher Samba
FT Aston Villa 4-2 Norwich City

MANAGER WATCH

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

*Villa boss Steve Bruce*

”My hand was forced because Scott Hogan was not 100 per cent fit so I decided to play the two young boys, Keinan Davis and Andre Green. There were certainly glimpses against Norwich which shows they are good enough to play in the first team. Davis was playing against two big Germans and it was a fantastic debut from a young player who was playing non-league football a year ago.

“I’m delighted for Conor. He has only been here six months and he has found it difficult to deal with the expectations, and the same goes for Henri Lansbury. We know they are good players when we signed them from Barnsley and Nottingham Forest but we have to bring them out of their shell to perform on the big stage. That becomes difficult when it is expected. Conor will remember this Norwich game. It is not often a midfield player gets a hat-trick. He was terrific.”

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*Sky Sports*
Saturday, 19 August 2017

"Conor Hourihane netted a hat-trick as Aston Villa answered their critics in style with a scintillating 4-2 home triumph over Norwich."

*Sky Sports*
Saturday, 19 August 2017

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Conor Hourihane netted a hat-trick as Aston Villa answered their critics in style with a scintillating 4-2 home triumph over Norwich.

Keinan Davis made a sparkling first-team debut up front, and was involved in Villa’s two first-half goals - scored by Hourihane and Andre Green.

The Canaries hit back with a 60th-minute strike from Josh Murphy, but Hourihane bagged his second eight minutes later and, although Norwich stormed back through Nelson Oliveira’s strike on 79 minutes, Hourihane made sure of Villa’s first Sky Bet Championship win of the season by completing his hat-trick five minutes from time.

Villa boss Steve Bruce, putting his faith in youngsters to lift the midlands club out of the doldrums, drafted in Davis, who has made rapid strides since arriving from Biddleswade United last year, and fellow 19-year-old Green in an attempt to find some goalscoring flair that has been lacking so far this term.

Davis quickly stamped his mark on the game and very nearly made a dream start but was foiled by Norwich goalkeeper Angus Gunn after going through on his own in the second minute.

Davis could not be subdued, though, and in the 20th minute he sent Hourihane clear down the left. The Irishman’s low cross just evaded Ahmed Elmohamady at the far post.

The response from Norwich was some penetrating play from Murphy which had Villa’s defence in a tangle but the sparkling Davis could not be constrained. His speed, enthusiasm and no small measure of skill was evident when Villa went ahead in the 22nd minute.

On-loan Tottenham midfielder Josh Onomah put Davis clear down the right and his snappy low cross to the unmarked Hourihane was slotted home from 10 yards.

Norwich’s best chance of a first-half equaliser arrived when Cameron Jerome raced clear but he was thwarted by goalkeeper Sam Johnstone racing 10 yards outside his area to tackle the striker.

Three minutes before the interval Villa Park erupted when Green increased Villa’s lead with a speculative long-range shot which whistled into the top of the net. Once again it was Davis who set up Henri Lansbury, who fed the ball into the path of Green.

Norwich brought the game back to the boil on the hour with a goal from Murphy - their fifth successive goal this season scored in the second half.

But Villa restored their two-goal cushion when Hourihane’s shot was deflected into the net by Harrison Reed. Canaries substitute Oliveira again gave the Canaries hope by reducing the deficit 11 minutes from the end, but a revitalised Hourihane netted his third goal with a 20-yard raking drive six minutes later.

*Villa boss Steve Bruce*

”My hand was forced because Scott Hogan was not 100 per cent fit so I decided to play the two young boys, Keinan Davis and Andre Green. There were certainly glimpses against Norwich which shows they are good enough to play in the first team. Davis was playing against two big Germans and it was a fantastic debut from a young player who was playing non-league football a year ago.

“I’m delighted for Conor. He has only been here six months and he has found it difficult to deal with the expectations, and the same goes for Henri Lansbury. We know they are good players when we signed them from Barnsley and Nottingham Forest but we have to bring them out of their shell to perform on the big stage. That becomes difficult when it is expected. Conor will remember this Norwich game. It is not often a midfield player gets a hat-trick. He was terrific.”

Conor Hourihane netted a hat-trick as Aston Villa answered their critics in style with a scintillating 4-2 home triumph over Norwich.

Keinan Davis made a sparkling first-team debut up front, and was involved in Villa’s two first-half goals - scored by Hourihane and Andre Green.

The Canaries hit back with a 60th-minute strike from Josh Murphy, but Hourihane bagged his second eight minutes later and, although Norwich stormed back through Nelson Oliveira’s strike on 79 minutes, Hourihane made sure of Villa’s first Sky Bet Championship win of the season by completing his hat-trick five minutes from time.

Villa boss Steve Bruce, putting his faith in youngsters to lift the midlands club out of the doldrums, drafted in Davis, who has made rapid strides since arriving from Biddleswade United last year, and fellow 19-year-old Green in an attempt to find some goalscoring flair that has been lacking so far this term.

Davis quickly stamped his mark on the game and very nearly made a dream start but was foiled by Norwich goalkeeper Angus Gunn after going through on his own in the second minute.

Davis could not be subdued, though, and in the 20th minute he sent Hourihane clear down the left. The Irishman’s low cross just evaded Ahmed Elmohamady at the far post.

The response from Norwich was some penetrating play from Murphy which had Villa’s defence in a tangle but the sparkling Davis could not be constrained. His speed, enthusiasm and no small measure of skill was evident when Villa went ahead in the 22nd minute.

On-loan Tottenham midfielder Josh Onomah put Davis clear down the right and his snappy low cross to the unmarked Hourihane was slotted home from 10 yards.

Norwich’s best chance of a first-half equaliser arrived when Cameron Jerome raced clear but he was thwarted by goalkeeper Sam Johnstone racing 10 yards outside his area to tackle the striker.

Three minutes before the interval Villa Park erupted when Green increased Villa’s lead with a speculative long-range shot which whistled into the top of the net. Once again it was Davis who set up Henri Lansbury, who fed the ball into the path of Green.

Norwich brought the game back to the boil on the hour with a goal from Murphy - their fifth successive goal this season scored in the second half.

But Villa restored their two-goal cushion when Hourihane’s shot was deflected into the net by Harrison Reed. Canaries substitute Oliveira again gave the Canaries hope by reducing the deficit 11 minutes from the end, but a revitalised Hourihane netted his third goal with a 20-yard raking drive six minutes later.

*Villa boss Steve Bruce*

”My hand was forced because Scott Hogan was not 100 per cent fit so I decided to play the two young boys, Keinan Davis and Andre Green. There were certainly glimpses against Norwich which shows they are good enough to play in the first team. Davis was playing against two big Germans and it was a fantastic debut from a young player who was playing non-league football a year ago.

“I’m delighted for Conor. He has only been here six months and he has found it difficult to deal with the expectations, and the same goes for Henri Lansbury. We know they are good players when we signed them from Barnsley and Nottingham Forest but we have to bring them out of their shell to perform on the big stage. That becomes difficult when it is expected. Conor will remember this Norwich game. It is not often a midfield player gets a hat-trick. He was terrific.”