BIRMINGHAM, England — Last-place Aston Villa looked determined to take Norwich down to the second-tier, beating the visiting Canaries 2-0 Saturday for its third Premier League win of the season.
Despite that win, Villa is still eight points from safety but the defeat has seen Norwich dropped into the relegation zone after its fifth straight league loss, including a 5-4 defeat to Liverpool.
Joleon Lescott scored just before the interval and Gabby Agbonlahor grabbed his first goal for 11 months.
Dieumerci Mbokani brought down Micah Richards on the right in the 45th and Lescott met Carles Gil's free kick at the far post with his header going in off Timm Klose.
Agbonlahor doubled the lead six minutes after the break, beating the Norwich offside trap and - with Declan Rudd rushing from goal - slid in from the edge of the box.
Aston Villa's new Director Mervyn King, top, looks out from the stands during the English Premier League soccer match at Villa Park, in Birmingham, England, Saturday Feb. 6, 2016. (Nick Potts / PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES
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