Aston Villa v. Norwich City: Player Grades

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Jonathan Kodjia of Aston Villa celebrates his first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Norwich City at Villa Park on April 01, 2017 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - APRIL 01: Jonathan Kodjia of Aston Villa celebrates his first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Norwich City at Villa Park on April 01, 2017 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images) /
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Jonathan Kodjia, I mean, Aston Villa defeated Norwich City by a score of 2-0 on Saturday. Here are our player grades.

Steve Bruce’s men have revitalized their season in a span of mere weeks. Seven matches, six wins, six clean sheets following Villa’s 2-0 dumping over the Canaries.

There is a quick turnaround, however, as Villa host another home match again on Tuesday – this time London’s Queen Park Rangers visit Birmingham.

Our player grades below, as Jonathan Kodjia took two chances perfectly beyond Michael McGovern.

8.0. . GK. Aston Villa. SAM JOHNSTONE

We were all wrong on Sam Johnstone. The 24-year old is thriving under a new look defense at Aston Villa. Johnstone even collected an assist(!) on Kodjia’s second goal.

7.5. . RB. Aston Villa. ALAN HUTTON

Alan Hutton won three aerial challenges as he retained his spot over James Bree.

6.5. . RCB. Aston Villa. JAMES CHESTER

Quiet, resolute, and generally solid throughout. Writing James Chester’s post match grade is even easier than Ashley Westwood’s old ones.

7.0. . LCB. Aston Villa. NATHAN BAKER

Baker won four aerial challenges, and forced a fine save from Norwich keeper, Michael McGovern.

Aston Villa. NEIL TAYLOR. 6.5. . LB

Coming off a horrendous international moment, Neil Taylor recovered well in another clean sheet for the claret and blue.

7.0. . CDM. Aston Villa. MILE JEDINAK

Adapted well playing as the deep man in a new four-man midfield. Jedinak’s passing was a bit wayward, however. The Australia captain recorded a 48.3% success rate.

HENRI LANSBURY. 6.5. . CM.

A typical Lansbury game: solid percentage of touches, two key passes, and a booking. Job well done.

6.5. . RM. Aston Villa. ALBERT ADOMAH

Played very, very high on the pitch. Adomah attempted two shots and completed two key passes on Saturday.

6.5. . LM. Aston Villa. CONOR HOURIHANE

Conor Hourihane played an interesting position against Norwich – often tucking inward just under Henri Lansbury. The new Ireland international had one header carom off the cross bar.

. ST. Aston Villa. SCOTT HOGAN. 7.5

Hogan is beginning to find himself once more after recovering from an ankle injury. The 24-year old assisted on Kodjia’s cutting strike in the first half.

9.0. . ST. Aston Villa. JONATHAN KODJIA

Jimmy Danger does it again! Another two goals from Jonathan Kodjia – who is having an otherworldly season for both club and country. Kodjia should become the first 20 league goalscorer for Villa in a long, long time.