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Aston Villa 4 -2 Norwich Match Report

Aston Villa made light of their early-season wobbles as they deservedly beat Norwich City to claim their first Championship win of the season, as mdfielder Conor Hourihane made the main headlines with a hat-trick.

But teenagers Keinan Davis, who set up Hourihane's first on his EFL debut, and Andre Green, who curled in a superb second for the hosts, both also shone for Villa.

Josh Murphy and sub Nelson Oliveira each reduced the arrears after the break but, each time, Hourihane struck.

Villa's first four-goal haul since winning 4-0 at Sunderland in March 2015 was only their second league victory in nine matches, going back to last season, and the first time they have scored four at home since their 4-3 win over West Bromwich Albion in January 2014.

Meanwhile, Norwich are without a league win at Villa Park since November 1992 - when they sealed a 3-2 win.

Davis was thwarted when Norwich keeper Angus Gunn dived to save his powerful header and, after setting up Hourihane's opening goal, the big, powerful teenager was this time denied when his cute lob came back off the bar.

There was even better to come for Villa just before the break when boyhood fan Green, also just 19 years old, netted his first goal for the club with a superb right-foot curler.

There could have been others too. Ahmed Elmohamady just failed to get on the end of Hourihane's cross, while James Chester should have done better with a close-range header at the start of the second half.

Those missed chances looked costly when Norwich pulled one back on the hour mark through the tricky, pacy Murphy.

Eight minutes later, Hourihane's hopeful right-foot 25-yard strike took a deflection before nestling in Gunn's top-left corner and, although the mood again became fraught when Oliveira scored just five minutes after coming off the bench, Hourihane had the final word.

Having been in at the right place at the far post to drill home Davis's low right-wing cross for the first, this time he was a lot further out when he again found the top corner to complete the scoring five minutes from time.

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