With Aston Villa’s Play-Off spot secured for the Championship campaign of 2018/19, Sunday’s second tier fixture pitted us against almost Champions elect Norwich City as we welcomed them to Villa Park.
With a record breaking winning run, and a not too shabby unbeaten sequence, confidence was high going into the tie but it wasn’t going to be easy given their form. We could have a say on where the title ends up though.
With a number of changes to the usual starting XI, few can be disappointed with the performance as it was a pretty open game with decent chances for both sides, but Norwich lifted the title with a 2-1, with Jonathan Kodjia getting on the scoresheet for us.
All eyes to West Bromwich Albion now with the Play-Off Semi-Final confirmed.
Speaking to the BBC following the game with all attentions now turning to the Play-Off Semi-Final battle, head coach Dean Smith explained.
“It was a good performance and I don’t think we deserved to get beaten. I thought it was two even teams going at it, both good teams with the ball. Norwich started better than us, we couldn’t get close to them and it took us 15 minutes to get going. After the equaliser I thought we were the better team for the rest of the first half but didn’t make the most of our opportunities. The second half went a bit end-to-end but I thought a draw would have been a fair result. I’m disappointed the unbeaten run has come to and end but it was a good performance.”