Hat-trick Hero Hourihane gives Villa Three Points

Aston Villa moved off of the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship table by beating Norwich City at Villa Park in a wonderful display.

A 4-2 victory to the Villa and midfielder Conor Hourihane scored a hat-trick in a dominant display by the midlands club. Andre Green grabbed the other goal for Villa on the day.

It was a funny old game as it swayed from Villa being the best team to Norwich being the best.

Hourihane scored the opening goal on the 22nd minute mark when young striker Keinan Davis put in a low cross to an unmarked Hourihane who scored form 10 yards.

The home sides lead was increased just three minutes before the interval. Green shooting from long-range scored a spectacular goal, making the task for the Canaries even harder to come back.

The side from Norfolk side fought hard to get back into the game, and grabbed a goal on the hour mark. Murphy scoring Norwich’s fifth successful goal this season in the second-half.

Hourihane’s 68th minute deflected strike put the home side back to a two goal lead. However Canaries striker Oliveira once again handed hope to the away fans with 11 minutes remaining.

It was on the 85th minute when the winner came, Hourihane’s stunning 20 yard strike giving Villa manager Steve Bruce his first win this season.

On the young players Bruce picked and Hourihane’s hat-trick he said: “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.”

Meanwhile Norwich boss Daniel Farke commented: “It was a disappointing result. We knew it would be a hard match as Villa would be motivated as it would be a do-or-die game for them. It was our third game in six days and it was a hard struggle. We had a bad first half and Villa deserved to lead 2-0 at the interval. There were a couple of unlucky situations including a doubtful free-kick which resulted in them scoring with a deflection.

“I am happy and content with the reaction of my guys in the second half and their attitude. The reason we lost was our poor first half when we made some silly mistakes. There was a lot of pressure on us because of the stadium and Villa’s aggressive attitude to win. It was difficult and the first half was perhaps the worst we have played since I became manager. The Villa result is a setback and we have to work on our defensive mistakes.”


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