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A Hat Trick, A Pie, A Pint, A Programme & Norwich

Hat-trick heroes always make your matchday experience extra special and seen as we play Norwich today. It’s only right I should mention Conor Hourihane. Conor achieved a hat-trick against Norwich in our 4-2 win at villa park back in August 2017. But you don’t always end up on the winning side if you score a hat-trick. I’m sure you all remember Christian Benteke scoring a hat trick against QPR and Tammy Abrahams netting four times against Nottingham Forest. And Dwight Yorke scoring a hat-trick against Newcastle in 1997 when we lost 4-3

Favourite Three Goal Heroes

We all have our favourite Villa hat-trick hero memory. For me its a pie, a pint, and a programme. Not quite as exciting has the hat-trick that gets us onto our feet. But It’s a good substitute and a ritual I am not alone In carrying out. Probably my favourite and fondest memory of a Villa hat-trick hero must be Benito Carbone against Leeds. I would love to hear your preference in the comments below.

Dean Smith Is also doing his best to serve up a hat-trick. I have tasted his nibbles and consumed his starters, and I eagerly await his main course. However, I can wait for the playoffs before I savour that dish, Norwich is something of a nothing game for us. The games which follow are what really matter. So I expect to see Dean Smith utilise the squad at his disposal. Norwich on the other hand, need only a point to make sure they go up as champions. But they will have to do more than just turn up, they only need to ask Brighton that.

Something in the air

I have this inner sense a feeling something magical Is occurring down at Villa Park, In fact, It’s more than just a gut feeling, and I don’t believe It’s just me feeling this vibe. The atmosphere amongst supporters as also changed. Fans are positive and hopeful again, and there are no more interminable 90 minutes of nail-biting pitchside. And gone are the days of hiding behind the sofa for those watching on tv. I believe something epic has started under Dean Smith and what we have witnessed so far is just the tip of the iceberg.

Hopefully, we will go all the way this season, and why shouldn’t we believe it will happen?. Look what we have achieved over the last three months. Villa can beat any of the other contenders in the playoffs. It’s down to the players to perform to make it become a reality.


Villa Norwich Match Facts

A draw or win will guarantee Norwich win the Championship title – it would the fourth time they have won the second tier title 1971-72, 1985-86 and 2003-04.

Aston Villa has not lost in their past nine home league meetings with Norwich.

In the last seven seasons, Villa has failed to win on the final day of the season.

Norwich striker Teemu Pukki is the leading goal scorer in the championship with 28 goals, and he also has nine assists.