Remi Garde gives his verdict on Aston Villa's performance at Norwich

Rémi Garde

Goals from Jonny Howson and Dieumerci Mbokani condemned Villa to a 2-0 defeat on Monday afternoon at Carrow Road.

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde has admitted that his struggling side did not deserve to take any points away from their 2-0 defeat at Norwich City.

Jonny Howson opened the scoring 24 minutes into Monday afternoon’s clash at Carrow Road with a fine strike at the far post, before Dieumerci Mbokani’s headed finish with three minutes of normal time remaining sealed the hosts the win.

Villa rarely troubled their relegation rivals on the day and now sit 11 points from safety at the foot of the Premier League table, with just 19 fixtures left to pull of an increasingly improbable escape act.

Performances have improved somewhat since Garde replaced Tim Sherwood at the helm in early November, but with the club still searching for a first top-flight victory since the opening day, relegation is starting to look more and more inevitable.

Speaking to Villa’s official website after his eighth match in charge, the Frenchman said: “I think Norwich deserved this win. We didn't play well enough to win this game and we didn't defend as well as the previous games either.

“We didn't create enough opportunities to put Norwich under pressure too many times. We had possession but weren't dangerous in the final third.

  Total ShotsShots OntargetKey PassesTotal PassesPassing AccuracyFinal Third EntriesPen Area EntriesPossession Percentage
Norwich 9 4 5 363 71% 69 21 48%
Aston Villa 6 3 5 384 77% 55 30 51%

“I am very concerned, of course, about the situation," Garde continued. "But I still believe we are still capable of winning games. Unfortunately this season has been a very difficult run for Villa and since I came I know we haven't won, but we are working on that.

“Sometimes in football you have to cope with this kind of situation. We will all-together. We are playing for a big club. I am managing a big club, I know that.”

Villa’s situation likely means that they will struggle to attract any big names in the January transfer window, but Garde has acknowledged that his squad is desperate for fresh blood amid a club-record 18-game winless run in the league.

“I am working on that,” he added to avfc.co.uk. “But then we have a game first - a very important match against Sunderland. Then we will see.

“I am working on it - the club with me - and we will see what happens in January.”

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