Norwich picked up their first 3 points of the season after a 2-1 away win over Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium.
The visitors hit twice in quick succession in the first half with goals from Anthony Pilkington and Bradley Johnson in the 37th and 42nd minute respectively, with Martin Petrov getting Bolton’s goal from the penalty spot in the 64th minute.
Irishman Wes Hoolohan came in to start the game and took the captain’s armband from Grant Holt who was on the bench.
Bolton’s fight for the points was a made more difficult by centre-forward Ivan Klasnic just before half time when the big Croatian was given his marching orders just before half time for head butting Norwich defender Marc Tierney; although contact looked minimal and Tierney seemed to make the most of it.
Klasnic had already been in the wars when Leon Barnett came in extremely late with a high tackle and looked to have knocked out the Bolton striker with a jumping block; Barnett was lucky to escape without a yellow, let alone a red card.
Norwich’s first goal came from a corner swung in by David Fox right onto the head of Barnett whose header fell to the feet of Steve Morison.
The Welsh forward then fired the ball at goal and Anthony Pilkington was on hand to turn the ball into the net through the legs of Tuncay, who standing on the post.
Norwich did not sit back on their lead and their second goal also came from a David Fox set piece when the midfielder’s left-footed free kick from the right hand side of Bolton’s box was guided perfectly onto the head of Bradley Johnson, whose header sailed past Jussi Jaaskelainen into the bottom corner of Bolton’s net.
Norwich seem intent in shooting themselves in the foot in every game this season, having given away a penalty in each of their first five games and in the 63rd minute, Barnett was at the heart of the action again by fouling David N’Gog inside the Norwich box.
Martin Petrov stepped up and made no mistake from 12 yards with a well taken side-footed shot that gave ‘keeper John Ruddy no chance.
Bolton had one more throw of the dice in the last minute of stoppage time when Chris Eagles’ cross found N’Gog whose flicked header was saved brilliantly by Ruddy to ensure the three points for Norwich.
Paul Lambert will be happy with not only his sides’ first win in the Premier League but their first away win but Owen Coyle will have to take a serious look at his team who have now lost four games in a row and picked up five successive home defeats.