Norwich relegated from Premier League after 2-0 loss at Villa | Soccer News


Norwich City were relegated from the Premier League on Saturday after being beaten 2-0 at Aston Villa following a goal and an assist from substitute Danny Ings.
Ings, who came off the bench for Leon Bailey, found Watkins with a search ball from the left with virtually his first touch and his teammate capitalized on a slip from Brandon Williams to send Villa ahead after 41 minutes.
Ings got himself on the scoresheet in the dying minutes of the game to double Villa’s lead with a clean pivot and shot.
Norwich had to avoid defeat and hope Burnley didn’t beat Watford to avoid going down. However, late goals from Jack Cork and Josh Brownhill gave Burnley a 2–1 victory and condemned Norwich to the Championship after a season back in the top flight.
“I’m disappointed with our result. It’s probably fair, we haven’t been good enough this season,” said Norwich captain Grant Healy.
“It’s hard for me to comment on anything at the moment. Emotions are running high, we gave it our all but it wasn’t enough and the story of our season.
“It’s important not to look too far ahead, we still have pride to play for. Then we’ll see where we are.”
Norwich repelled a golden chance to equalize two minutes after Watkins’ goal, when the unlucky Williams headed for Grant Hanley who returned a Norwich free-kick into the box.
Bailey, who limped off injured just before half-time, nearly put Villa ahead with 20 minutes on the clock, but his snap shot from just outside the box was hit on the crossbar by outstretched Tim Krul.
Villa’s attacking trio of Ings, Watkins and Philippe Coutinho moved into Norwich after the restart, with Ings close to doubling the lead in the 51st minute to see his chip attempt blocked for a corner, from which he then headed for the bar.
Norwich trailed off as the game wore on and could barely get out of their own half at the end as Villa increased the pressure before Ings put the brilliance on the scoreboard deep in time stop.
Villa’s first win in six games moved them up to 13th with 40 points, while Norwich are rooted deep with 21 points.

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