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Carrow Road (ATT 26,440) 29th October 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Taylor

Norwich Norwich City vs Blackburn Rovers Blackburn

Norwich 3

S Morison (53)
B Johnson (82)
G Holt (pen 90+4)

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Blackburn 3

J Hoilett (45+3)
Yakubu (62)
C Samba (64)

Norwich comeback stuns Rovers

Controversial injury-time penalty earns Canaries draw

Last Updated: 29/10/11 7:15pm

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Substitute Grant Holt's controversial injury-time penalty completed a sterling Norwich fightback and earned a 3-3 draw against struggling Blackburn.

Man of the match: Junior Hoilett. At times there was some outstanding wing play from both sides, but Hoilett just shades the man of the match vote from Norwich's Anthony Pilkington thanks to his thunderous opening goal. Save of the match: Former England keeper Paul Robinson showed he hasn't lost his international class by getting down low to his right and beating away David Fox's first half volley with a terrific one handed save. Goal of the match: Both sides scored cracking goals in this high-scoring thriller but again the plaudits must go to Junior Hoilett for his unstoppable 18-yard drive after cutting infield in first half stoppage time. Talking point: Did referee Anthony Taylor get the big decision right when he awarded a last gasp penalty to Norwich? Blackburn certainly think he got it wrong after Steven N'Zonzi was adjudged to have handled in his own box.

Rovers, who started the game anchored to the foot of the Premier League, looked set for their first away win of the season after second-half strikes from Yakubu and skipper Chris Samba put them 3-1 ahead at Carrow Road.

Junior Hoilett opened the scoring with a wonderful strike just seconds before the half-time break, with Norwich's Steve Morison levelling shortly after the restart.

Two goals in three minutes put under-fire Steve Kean's men in command before Norwich reduced the deficit when Bradley Johnson's wayward shot took a huge deflection off Rovers defender Jason Lowe and looped over a stranded Paul Robinson.

And the comeback was completed when Holt smashed home from 12 yards after Steven N'Zonzi was harshly adjudged to have handballed in added time.

Opening

Rovers, clearly boosted by their midweek Carling Cup win over Newcastle, created the first opening as Mauro Formica fired a dipping 20-yard drive over.

Norwich keeper John Ruddy, who made a fine late save to earn a point at Liverpool, dropped a corner which Yakubu flicked goalwards and hit Kyle Naughton who was on the post.

The Canaries eventually opened up Rovers down the left through Marc Tierney and Anthony Pilkington, with Morison knocking the ball over from close range under pressure from Gael Givet.

Rovers should have been in front on 12 minutes, but Yakubu blazed an angled drive over after a pass from Ruben Rochina split the Norwich defence.

Slowly Norwich settled and Pilkington's fierce volley from Elliott Bennett's right-wing cross was knocked behind before David Fox was denied by a fine save at full stretch from Robinson.

The home side broke through again through Morison and Pilkington down the left to cut the ball back across the face of goal. However, the on-rushing Bennett could only smash his shot into the sidenetting.

With five minutes to half-time, Blackburn won a free-kick in a dangerous position when Hoilett cut inside for the left and was tripped by Fox.

Lead

Pedersen whipped the ball towards the far post, which looped over Ruddy, but the Norwich keeper managed to recover and claim the catch before it squirmed over the line.

In stoppage time, Rovers snatched the lead when Canada-born youngster Hoilett cut in from the left again, before whipping an 18-yard effort over Ruddy into the far corner.

There was more urgency about Norwich at the start of the second half, and Morison levelled on 53 minutes with a fine finish.

Wes Hoolahan knocked the ball back into the Rovers box and an attempted clearance dropped to the Wales striker on the edge of the penalty arc. The former Millwall frontman calmly controlled the bouncing ball with his left foot before then dispatching it back with his right over Robinson.

As Carrow Road suddenly found its voice, Johnson should have done better when he met a looping cross from Pilkington into the six-yard box but his header lacked power.

Rovers, though, refused to roll over and were back in front after 62 minutes.

Yakubu got ahead of the Norwich defence on to a pass from Formica to drill the ball past Ruddy at the near post.

Changes

Before Norwich could regain their composure they were 3-1 down.

Pedersen's free-kick from the left was allowed to fly right across the six-yard box, where Samba headed in at the far post.

Lambert made some attacking changes as he sent on both Holt and Simeon Jackson.

The Canada forward broke down the left and centred for Morison, who in turn fed Holt on the overlap, but the striker's cross through the six-yard box was hacked clear by Givet.

Norwich, though, had a lifeline with eight minutes left when Johnson's deflected 20-yard shot looped up off Lowe and over a stranded Robinson.

Just when Blackburn, who let in two stoppage time goals as their Carling Cup tie went into extra time, looked to have held out for a much-needed first away win, N'Zonzi handled a high ball at the far post to concede a penalty.

Holt stepped up to ram the ball into the bottom left corner and earn Lambert's battling side a share of the spoils.

Norwich CityTeam StatisticsBlackburn Rovers
3Goals3
01st Half Goals1
6Shots on Target4
7Shots off Target4
1Blocked Shots3
6Corners2
9Fouls11
1Offsides0
2Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
78.8Passing Success81.1
22Tackles15
77.3Tackles Success73.3
49.1Possession50.9
52.7Territorial Advantage47.3
415Total Passes445
38Total Crosses18
167Lost Balls170
61Recoveries49

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