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Norwich City vs. Aston Villa, 2012 League Cup: Final score 4-1, Villains in to the semifinals

Three late goals pushed Paul Lambert and Aston Villa in the the semifinals of the Captial One Cup

Jamie McDonald

For nearly 80 minutes at Carrow road it looked as if Aston Villa and Norwich City would be heading for extra time in the Capital One Cup quarterfinal draw. Then Villa's offense exploded for three goals in the final 10 minutes and allowed former Canaries boss Paul Lambert to get what will likely be a satisfying victory.

Lambert received a mixed response from fans as he walked out on the pitch before kickoff. While there was an applause from most fans, jeers could be heard from fans who still haven't forgiven the man who left Norwich after bringing them all the up from League One.

Norwich went ahead in the 19th minute after a ball was cleverly flicked in to the path of Steve Morison who calmly lifted a shot over Shay Given.

Villa wasted no time answering back as Brett Holman put home an equalizer less than two minutes later. Holman picked up a knocked down long ball and put hit shot past Mark Bunn.

Despite chances for both sides over the next hour, no one could break the deadlock. Just when Norwich was starting to look the more dangerous side though, the floodgates opened in the other direction.

In the 79th minute, Eric Lichaj race down the right side and sent a low cross right to Andreas Weimann who was perfectly placed at the far post for the easy tap-in. Weimann netted a second five minutes later, putting home a pass from Christian Benteke.

Benteke got a goal of his own in stoppage time, sending a powerful shot past Bunn from just on the edge of the penalty box.