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Aston Villa 2-0 Norwich City: Lifeline for Garde, Villa

Aston Villa v Norwich City - Premier League

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 06: Joleon Lescott (2nd R) of Aston Villa celebrates scoring his team’s first goal with his team mates during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Norwich City at Villa Park on February 6, 2016 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

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  • Villa now 8 points off safety
  • Garde gets 2 win in 5 PL games
  • Norwich lose fifth-straight

Aston Villa beat Norwich City 2-0 at Villa Park on Saturday to breath new life into their fight against relegation.

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Goals in each half from Joleon Lescott and Gabriel Agbonlahor were enough to secure Remi Garde his second victory in the last five games and Norwich only mustered a few chances late on as Alex Neil will be a very worried man.

With the three points -- just their third victory in 25 PL outings this season -- Villa are still eight points from safety but have given themselves a chance as they now sit on 16 points. Norwich’s alarming slide continues as they drop into the bottom three after five-straight defeats.

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Norwich started brightly but the first big chance of the game fell to Villa as Leandro Bacuna’s shot went towards Agbonlahor but he couldn’t convert the chance.

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Norwich got back into the game before half time as Steven Naismith drove towards the edge of the box but sent his low shot wide of Mark Bunn’s near post. A great cross from Russell Martin then found Sebastien Bassong but his header went wide when he should have done better.

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Villa took the lead right on half time with Lescott heading home Carles Gil’s looping free kick from the right. 1-0 to Villa and the home side had a lifeline in their battle against the drop.

Six minutes into the second half Villa led 2-0 as a hopeful ball down the left flank found Agbonlahor who dinked the ball over the onrushing Declan Rudd and into the empty. 2-0 to Villa.

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Norwich struggled to create chances in the driving rain in Birmingham, and Bacuna should have put Villa 3-0 up but smashed his effort horribly wide.

The Canaries did have two chances late on but Martin’s header was cleared off the line, then Mbokani was denied following a great last-ditch tackle from Jonas Okore. Despite those hairy moments, Villa held on for what could prove to be a priceless three points as they continue their battle against relegation.

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