Jordan Ayew's hopes of rescuing Aston Villa from relegation suffered a damaging blow on Monday when they were defeated 2-0 by fellow strugglers Norwich, leaving the Ghanaian striker's club rock-bottom of the English Premier League.
The result ensured that Norwich lifted themselves away from the relegation zone with the nervy victory, leaving Ayew's club further adrift of safety.
In the match devoid of good quality display, Jonny Howson's fantastic belter in the 24th minute separated the two sides.
The Ghana international striker Ayew, who is Villa's top target man, failed to take advantage of their best chance in the game as he headed straight into the hands of Norwich goalkeeper Declan Rudd.
DR Congo striker Dieumerci Mbokani powerfully sealed the winner with a precise header in injury time that moves Norwich three points clear of the bottom.
Ayew's 20-yard free-kick stretched goalkeeper Rudd in injury-time, but was not enough to prevent Villa from falling 11 points from safety.
Villa are firmly rooted at the bottom of the table with a paltry eight points from 18 games with a list of US betting sites already condemning them to relegation.