Villa boss Paul Lambert will not be given any additional security protection tonight on his first visit to Norwich City since his acrimonious exit last summer.
Norwich have confirmed they will treat the match as any other despite the potential for a flashpoint in what could be a highly-charged Capital One Cup quarter-final tie.
The behaviour of football supporters has come under the spotlight again following Sunday’s Manchester derby when Rio Ferdinand was struck by a coin thrown from the crowd, while Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland was slapped in the face by Leeds United fan in October.
However, the East Anglia club maintain that the match, which is expected to be a sell-out, does not warrant any extra attention despite Lambert’s presence in the away dugout.
The Scot left the Canaries under a cloud in the summer and is currently involved in a legal dispute with his former employers which is set to be resolved by an arbitration tribunal next month.
Lambert was given the cold shoulder and ignored by visiting Norwich fans in the 1-1 draw at Villa Park six weeks ago.
“The crowd will come however way they are going to come. That’s football. It’s not about me; it’s about the players doing a job for the club. That’s all it is,” said Lambert.
Former Birmingham City manager Chris Hughton, who replaced Lambert in the Carrow Road hot-seat, has urged the home fans to give Lambert a positive welcome.
Meanwhile, Villa missed out on the chance to go top of their Under-21 Premier League group after Manchester United claimed a 2-0 win with goals from Bebe and Federico Macheda.