Premier League

Aston Villa out of drop zone after late winner over Norwich

Aston Villa's Conor Hourihane, right, scores his side's first goal of the game during their English Premier League soccer match against Norwich City at Villa Park, Birmingham, England, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) Conor Hourihane helped Aston Villa's English Premier League survival hopes by sealing a 1-0 victory over Norwich on Thursday.

The substitute swept the winner into the top corner in the 82nd minute after being picked out by Jack Grealish.

Having lost seven of its previous nine league games, Villa climbed out of the relegation zone with the victory.

But Norwich slumped to the bottom of the standings after a 10th defeat in 14 games.

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Updated December 26, 2019

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