Norwich secure first home win of season

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Updated: September 26, 2011

Norwich 2 v 1 Sunderland, Carrow Road, Kick-off: 8pm
Leon Barnett 30min
Morison 48min
Richardson 85min

Full time played

Full time The ref blows and Norwich have their first home win of the season not to mention their first back to back wins in the Premier League since 2005. Goals in either half, one from Leon Barnett after great play from Elliott Bennett and the second from the head of Steve Morison gave Paul Lambert’s side the points. Kieran Richardson set up a nervy finale with a fine goal 5 minutes from time however Norwich held on for a deserved win. The Canaries are now up to 9th in the table while the pressure of Steve Bruce is sure to intensify now after what was a toothless performance up front.

95min Ref blows for full time, Norwich get their first home win of the season
95min Careless corner conceded there by Sunderland, pressure off Norwich now
94min Holt gives away a free, Mignolet to take it. Everyone in the box, Ruddy claims it though under pressure from Ji
93min Ball falls wrong side of Wickham and Norwich clear. Naughton third player booked in a matter of minutes again for time wasting
93min Norwich clear and Brown does well to get the ball back to Mignolet with Holt on his back
92min Barnett concedes a corner, meanwhile Ruddy is booked for delaying the corner. Richardson fires in the corner but Hoolahan clears
91min Great work by Grant Holt who holds the ball up well in the corner and wins a throw in with 2 Sunderland players on him
89min Vaughan is having to be helped off, Norwich to finish out the game with 10 men. There will be 5 minutes of added time – hope for Sunderland
88min Tierney is down after a foul by O’Shea who gets the first yellow of the day. Vaughan is down meanwhile for Norwich, he’s in some discomfort – Norwich could be down to 10 men.
85min GOAL! Super strike from Richardson, game on with 5 minutes to go. The former Man U man shot from the left hand side of the box, slight deflection maybe. Nice goal.
85min Vaughan turns Bramble and run’s at goal before shooting wide, he might be forgiven as his side are in the control
84min Croft on for Bennett, good night’s work for him, he’s looked lively
83min Holt backs into Bramble who win’s the free – Holt down and in need of attention
82min Sunderland have the ball in the middle of the park, Norwich happy to leave them to it
79min Bramble again is on hand to clear the danger as Holt threatened, Sunderland have no ideas in the final third.
78min Hoolahan drops out wide left to support the two strikers on
77min Poor from Vaughan as his pass goes out for a throw – Pilkington off for Vaughan and Morison off for Grant Holt
76min Vaughan slips as he tries a shot at goal, Ruddy gets down well to make an easy save
76min Its too congested in the Norwich back line as Gardner trips a chipped ball in, rolls into the arms of Ruddy..
75min Wickham with a lovely ball out to Ji who plays it to Richardson but the ball is cleared once again
74min Vaughan with a lovely ball down the wing to Ji but Ruddy gets to the cross
73min Bennett with a ball in buts its cleared away, 17 minutes left for Sunderland to salvage something from this
72min Morison win’s the ball well in the air but Bramble reacts well to win it before Hoolahan
70min O’Shea with a poor cross, Sunderland’s build up play has been poor to say the least
68min Great chance for Wickham but his header is straight into the arms of Ruddy
67min Good defending by Martin who concedes a corner. Wickham on for Sessegnon and Larsson off for Dong Won Ji
65min Sessegnon accidently clips the heels of Barnett, ref blows for a free
64min O’Shea’s clearance is headed forward but there’s no one in the middle for Sunderland, Bendtner is drifting out to the wings too often, needs to be more central. Might be a chance for Wickham to come on.
63min Russell Martin goes close from the break but its across the goal
62min Naughton does well on Sessegnon, even managing to save the corner.. Bendtner so close from the throw in, a rare lack of communication from the Norwich back four. Its a Sunderland corner, Norwich break though..
60min Nothing going Sunderland’s way at the moment, Gardner with a poor touch and its a Norwich throw
58min Larsson gives the ball away and Morison is nearly through but Bramble recovers to win it back – Sunderland on dangerous ground.
58min Norwich crowd in great voice now, and so they should be, good performance so far
56min Morison and Bennett try a one two but Sunderland win it back
55min Bramble does well with Morison one on one, however he’s give away a corner.
54min Elliott Bennet evades a tackle and has an effort coming in from the left. Norwich on top this half so far.
53min Seven goals in EPL and seven different top scorers, the race to be the top scorer at Carrow Road looks interesting
52min Sessegnon with a chance for Sunderland but its wild and over
50min Sunderland will be rocked by that now, they need to regroup and fast, Norwich has been quicker to the ball
48min GOAL! Morison gets on the end of Tierney’s cross, lovely header with power. Norwich two up now
47min Lovely run by Pilkington who jinks his way into the box, his cross is cleared by mignolet though but only to Morrison who can’t do anything with
46min Bendtner tries an early ball down the wing but its easily read. Sunderland will expect better from him this half
46min Sunderland get the second half underway
Half time Sunderland head in for the half time oranges one nil down, Leon Barnett from premier league goal of the season has put Norwich in front and on course for a first home win.
45min Larsson with a lovely cross but Bendtner doesn’t connect great and it goes wide, half chance.
45min Mignolet collects the corner, looked to be going wide from Bennett anyway. One minute of added time.
44min The Irish winger opts to shoot and win a corner
44min Richardson is forced back by some good Norwich defending, Sunderland lose it and Hoolahan breaks
43min Good goalkeeping there by Mignolet, he’s improved as the night’s gone on
42min Bennett does well there to defend against Richardson. Its a young Norwich side but they are showing good maturity at the moment
40min Hoolahan draws the foul with a lovely turn, Norwich free
39min Hoolahan tries to play in Morrison but its too short and Sunderland clear their lines
38min Ball is cleared but its played back in but Elmohamady is offside, missed chance there for Sunderland
38min Sunderland have a corner, can they get a goal before half time.
36min Sessegnon with a chance now for Sunderland but it’s well over
35min Norwich have the wind in their sails now, Tierney looks for Morrison but it cleared
32min Elmohamady is down after an awkward fall, no malice in the tackle, he should be ok too.
30min GOAL!! Elliott Bennett does well, working a lovely one two to get into the box, his low cross is turned home by Barnett, great goal.
29min Norwich have a corner, which is cleared by Gardner
27min Mignolet reads the situation well there to come off line and clear. Sunderland’s back four were caught playing very high there
26min Barnett does well to read the situation there and wins the ball off Sessegnon
25min Ruddy makes a great save to deny Bendtner, lovely volley caught it well
23min Good defending by Wes Brown who does enough to hold off Morrison and the ball goes wide
21min Sessegnon with another lovely ball to Bendtner who again sets up Gardner, however’s his curling effort is over.
20min Ruddy gets away with a wayward backpass clearance, Bendtner was coming in there
19min Sunderland enjoying all the possession at the moment, Norwich not really under a lot of pressure though
16min Free kick to Norwich foul by Larsson
15min O’Shea gets the cross in and Bendtner does well to pass to Gardner despite being off balance, Gardners shot is blocked.
15min Elmohamady win’s a throw of Tierney, Sunderland throw in deep in the Norwich half O’Shea to take
14min Sessegnon opens Norwich up there with a lovely ball but it comes to nothing thanks to some last ditch defending.. better from Sunderland
12min Norwich corner retaken as ref stops play, eventually Fox takes it but Bramble clears
10min Bramble clears with Hoolahan putting him under pressure, Sunderland go on the attack but Sessegnon is tackled and Norwich come away with it
9min Defensive break for Sunderland as they make a foray up front but Larsson loses out, Norwich throw in on half way.
8min Great ball in there from Norwich but Mignolet again is equal to it, good solid start by the home side
7min Fox takes it but its cleared but only as far as a yellow shirt, Mignolet collects the cross in. That will help him.
6min Mignolet has made a nervous start, and gives away a corner with a miskick. Morrison effort is deflected over, another corner.
5min Bramble misses a header there, and Hoolahan makes a good run, he’s chip over Mignolet, who had rushed out just goes over
4min Brown wins a free against Morrison, should be a good battle there
3min Morrison with the first chance of the night, Mignolet makes the save.
2min Sunderland making the early running here, they will be full of confidence after last week’s win over Stoke. Elmohamady looks lively
1min We’re underway, Norwich kick off playing left to right.

Teams:
Norwich: Ruddy, Naughton, Russell Martin, Barnett, Tierney, Bennett, Bradley Johnson, Fox, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Morison. Subs: Rudd, Crofts, Vaughan, Holt, Surman, Chris Martin, De Laet.

Sunderland: Mignolet, O’Shea, Brown, Bramble, Richardson, Elmohamady, Larsson, Gardner, Vaughan, Bendtner, Sessegnon Subs: Westwood, Turner, Cattermole, Wickham, Colback, Ji, McClean.

Team News
Norwich manager Paul Lambert has no new injury concerns with Zak Whitbread missing with a hamstring problem and defenderd Elliott Ward and Dani Ayala out with knee complaints.

Sunderland: Mignolet, O’Shea (C), Richardson, Bramble, Brown, Larsson, Elmohamady, Vaughan, Gardner, Sessegnon, Bendtner.

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