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Carrow Road (ATT 26,781) 26th November 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Clattenburg

Norwich Norwich City vs Queens Park Rangers QPR

Norwich 2

R Martin (15)
G Holt (73)

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QPR 1

L Young (59)

Holt sends Canaries soaring

Double switch reaps dividends for Paul Lambert's Norwich

Last Updated: 26/11/11 5:45pm

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Grant Holt stepped off Norwich City's bench to lift Paul Lambert's troops to a crucial 2-1 Premier League win over QPR.

Man of the Match: Andrew Surman. He was involved throughout and his set-pieces caused numerous problems for the visitors. Goal of the Match: Luke Young. The Rs defender showed great anticipation and composure to follow up Jamie Mackie's shot and slot home the rebound. Pass of the Match: Wes Hoolahan played in a difficult cross for the visitors' defence to deal with, allowing Grant Holt to bundle the match-winning goal home from close range. Moment of the Match: Lambert's double switch. The Canaries boss introduced Holt and Hoolahan in the 70th minute and the duo combined minutes later to win the game. Talking points: Will Norwich's home form be good enough on its own to keep the Canaries up? Will QPR's defending ultimately cost them as they have yet to keep a clean sheet this season.

The game was in the balance in the second half at Carrow Road after Luke Young cancelled out Russell Martin's first-half opener.

Martin opened the scoring when he netted from close range after Anton Ferdinand failed to deal with Andrew Surman's corner.

The Rs were back on level terms just before the hour mark when Young slotted home after Jamie Mackie's long-range shot crashed off the post.

However, Norwich had the final say when talisman Holt bundled the ball home in the 73rd minute from Wes Hoolahan's pinpoint cross.

The match started at a quick pace, with both sides eking out half-chances in the opening exchanges.

Third-choice QPR goalkeeper Radek Cerny - making his first appearance of the season due to injuries to Paddy Kenny and Brian Murphy - was called into action in the eighth minute when Simeon Jackson struck a well-hit shot from 20 yards.

The Canaries continued to press forward and in-form Steve Morison almost netted his fourth in as many games but, having wriggled past Ferdinand, was thwarted by a low save by Cerny.

Test

Fellow Wales international Andrew Crofts was the next to test the Hoops' backline, twice seeing shots deflect behind for corners.

The latter set-piece from Surman landed dangerously in the six-yard box and, after Ferdinand failed to clear, Martin reacted quickly to tuck home the opener.

The goal was just reward for the home side's dominance of the first 15 minutes, but they were fortunate not to give away a needless penalty almost immediately.

Shaun Wright-Phillips ghosted into the box and tumbled over the outstretched arms of John Ruddy, although referee Mark Clattenburg waved away the claims for a penalty.

The Rs were only impressing in fits and starts and the home side soon came close to doubling their advantage.

Morison, who was proving a handful for the QPR defence, found space on the edge of the box to unleash a curling effort that drifted just over the bar.

However, Norwich's attacks began to dry up as half-time approached and QPR began to enjoy more possession.

Shaun Derry almost connected with a whipped Wright-Phillips free-kick in the 45th minute, before the diminutive winger saw a shot saved by Ruddy and Mackie hit the rebound into the side-netting.

Mix-up

The second period started in much the same vein and Wright-Phillips almost netted four minutes in after a mix-up in the box between Ruddy and Leon Barnett.

The Rs, though, did not enjoy quite the same possession as they did at the end of the first half, leading Warnock to replace Clint Hill with Jay Bothroyd in the 57th minute as they searched for a leveller.

The alteration paid dividends within two minutes as a speculative Mackie drive came back off the post into the path of Young, who slotted home from a tight angle.

The equaliser was no more than QPR deserved as they continued to look the stronger of the two sides.

As a result, Lambert brought on Hoolahan and Holt in an attempt to change the path of the game and got the desired effect in the 73rd minute.

After Holt saw a header blocked on the line by Young, the striker was not to be denied moments later as he directed home Hoolahan's cross.

Norwich pressed for a third after regaining the lead but looked susceptible on the break, with Young almost capitalising as his cross clipped the bar.

QPR's push for another equaliser continued but resolute defending and wayward finishing allowed the Canaries to secure a victory that sees them leapfrog their opponents in the table.

Norwich CityTeam StatisticsQueens Park Rangers
2Goals1
11st Half Goals0
5Shots on Target3
9Shots off Target9
3Blocked Shots1
6Corners4
18Fouls9
2Offsides1
1Yellow Cards0
0Red Cards0
71.1Passing Success78.4
16Tackles13
56.2Tackles Success61.5
43.7Possession56.3
46.4Territorial Advantage53.6
287Total Passes370
14Total Crosses28
154Lost Balls175
31Recoveries43

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