Aston Villa vs Norwich City highlights (1-0)

Aston Villa 1 vs 0 Norwich City highlights 26.12

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith: "It's very precious. The fact that we'd lost four Premier League matches on the spin, you don't come into this game with an awful lot of confidence.

"The three things I asked the players for were enthusiasm, attitude and application, and we got them. It wasn't a classic performance by any means but we showed an awful lot of character out there as well.

"We've played better in games and lost. Today we took the chance that came our way and Norwich didn't.

"You've got to be a good team-mate and a good squad member. Sometimes they play, sometimes they don't, but what I want to see is a reaction when they come on the pitch and Conor did that with a really good finish.

"Sometimes a result like that can play you into form. We'll certainly get better; this is the first look at the Premier League for a lot of our players and everything you get in this league you have to earn."

Norwich manager Daniel Farke: "I can't ask my players for more. It was a top-class away performance, we dominated the game. We had more possession, more shots, we won many duels and were unbelievably solid in terms of defending.

"We're disappointed with the result but I think we can be proud of our performance. In the end we perhaps lacked a bit of individual quality to convert our dominance into a perfect result for us.

"When everything seems to be going against you, you have to keep going, and that's what we did in the second half. Goals are always important to change a game - and a bit of luck. Today was tough to accept.

"It doesn't matter so much if you lose a game against one of your direct opponents at the moment. In the end, you need 10 or 11 wins at this level to be able to stay in this league.

"We know we're an underdog and in the worst position but there's no giving up."

Aston Villa vs Norwich City . Score: 1-0.

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