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Carrow Road (ATT 26,107) 26th September 2011 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: C Foy

Norwich Norwich City vs Sunderland S'land

Norwich 2

L Barnett (31)
S Morison (48)


S'land 1

K Richardson (86)

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Last Updated at 4:38 pm, September 27th 2011

  1. Stayed tuned for all the post-match reaction from Carrow Road as Norwich celebrate back-to-back wins.

  2. A great performance by Norwich as they hold onto claim their first home win of the season.

  3. Norwich hang on to win

  4. 90+4

    Sunderland try and put pressure on Ruddy with a long free-kick but he gets to the ball before Ji to quash the danger.

  5. 90+3

    Sunderland are piling on the pressure but a hopeful punt into the Norwich area bounces off Gardner and rolls out

  6. 90+2

    Sunderland win the ball back and get a corner which Norwich manage to defend

  7. 90+1

    Ruddy booked

  8. 90+1

    Norwich have the ball high up the field in the Sunderland half on the left touchline eating away the seconds

  9. 90

    The fourth official has put five minutes added time on the board

  10. 89

    Vaughan is having to leave the field after picking up yet another injury. You have to feel for the lad. He looks to have pulled a muscle of some sort.

  11. 88

    O'Shea booked for a tackle on Tierney

  12. 87

    Ji gets into a promising area but he puts a terrible delivery into the box. Really has to do better.

  13. 86

    Could Sunderland get something out of this? Is there time enough for the equalisre? Hold on to your hats!!!!

  14. 85

    Sunderland work the ball out to Richardson on the edge of the box who hits a sweet low drive past Ruddy. Great effort

  15. 85


  16. 84

    CHANCE!!! Vaughan turns Bramble well and advances to the edge of the box but he drags his shot wide. Good effort though.

  17. 83

    Crofts replace Bennett

  18. 82

    Holt is down after challenging for a high ball with Bramble. Holt leaves the pitch for treatment.

  19. 80

    Johnson again is alert to the danger as he scampers across to put pressure on Ji who miscontrols a pass as a result. He's been superb tonight

  20. 79

    Fox sets Holt off down the right and he tries to center for Vaughan but his pass is deflected by Brown

  21. 78

    With Holt on the pitch Norwich now have fresh legs as they go in search of a third

  22. 77

    Holt replaces Morison

  23. 77

    Holt replaces Morison

  24. 77

    Vaughan replaces Pilkington

  25. 76

    Morison flicks the ball on for Hoolahan but O'Shea is across to clear the ball

  26. 75

    The pressure will be firmly back on Bruce if Sunderland fail to get anything from this game

  27. 74

    Johnson is again there as Richardson floats in a cross he is there to head it away

  28. 72

    Johnson gets back to cut out a hint of Sunderland danger and is someone that has worked his socks off tonight

  29. 71

    Sunderland now have a few more options in terms of an attacking sense but they are not making the most of them yet

  30. 70

    O'Shea motors down the right touchline but he over hits his delivery and it misses everyone and goes out for a goal kick

  31. 69

    O'Shea tries to find Wickham but the pass is behind the striker and runs out of play

  32. 68

    CHANCE!!! Great cross by Elmohamady from the left touchline and Wickham gets up but his header is straight at Ruddy

  33. 67

    Dong-Won Ji replaces Larsson

  34. 67

    Wickham replaces Sessegnon

  35. 65

    Elmiohamdy tries to take on Martin but he is matched every step of the way by Martin

  36. 64

    Bruce is getting ready to make some changes as he can see this game slipping away from him

  37. 63

    Bennett does not allow Richardson to let the ball run out and puts him under real pressure

  38. 62

    CHANCE!!! Bennett finishes off a flowing counter attack with a low drive that is well save d by Mignolet. The ball is parried to Martin but his cross cum shot flashes across the area.

  39. 60

    Johnson closes down Gardner who tries to turn away on the touchline but he is stopped by a firm challenge

  40. 59

    Ruddy kicks the ball out while under no pressure after recieving a back pass from Barnett

  41. 57

    Larsson gives the ball away cheaply to Morison who heads for goal. But Bramble matches him stride for stride and directs him away from goal

  42. 56

    Sunderland are trying to find a way through but Richardson out on the left flank is unable to control O'Shea's raking pass

  43. 55

    Morison is full of running and tries to get around Bramble and to the byline but the Sunderland man gets a stiff tackle in

  44. 53

    Norwich are well up for this and with the crowd behind them it will be difficult for Sunderland

  45. 52

    CHANCE!! Bennett turns O'Shea before flashing a shot just past the near post from the edge of the ball

  46. 51

    Sunderland will need to find a response quickly to ensure they can stay in this game

  47. 50

    A long ball up to Morison has Bramble scrambling back to make a challenge to quell the danger

  48. 49

    The home fans are bouncing here at Carrow Road and the noise levels have been ramped up

  49. 48

    Sunderland would have been under instructions to keep it tight but that game plan has now been ripped to shreds.

  50. 47

    Tierney puts in a terrific delivery that Morison gets up above Wes Brown to power home a header. Great goal for Norwich.

  51. 47

    GOAL!!!! MORISON!!!!

  52. 47

    Pilkington takes on O'Shea and gets to the byline but Mignolet tips away a dipping cross

  53. 46

    Bendtner tries to come deep and link up the play but he gives the ball away

  54. 46

    Sunderland get the second half on the way

  55. Danny says: Norwich have played well, but Bendtner will break his duck and level, before Holt comes on and wins it in stoppage time.

  56. John says: Isn't it a pleasure to see a Premiership team that has 10 Englishmen and 1 Irishmen as their starting lineup, brings back good memories!!!!

  57. Nicholas Zanith has emailed in saying: I actually think Norwich will win 2-1, they've played really well recently.

  58. Got any thoughts on how the second half might play out? Get them in to

  59. Remember you can bet in-play at Norwich are now 2/5 to pick up the points, with Sunderland 8/1 and the draw 11/4. You can get 4/1 on Norwich to win 2-0.

  60. Norwich 1 Sunderland 0. The Canaries hold a slender lead at the interval. Barnett is the unlikely hero for the hosts. Sunderland look like a side short on confidence. Can they haul themselves back into the tie after the break?

  61. 45+1

    Larsson finds space on the right flank. He only has Sessegnon to aim at. He opts to cut back to the edge of the box, where Bendtner volleys wide of the target.

  62. One minute of stoppage time to be played.

  63. 45

    Martin unable to get a head to the delivery. Sunderland struggle to clear their lines, until Mignolet drops on the loose ball.

  64. 44

    Brown surrenders possession to Hoolahan. He moves goalwards and pulls the trigger. His shot deflects behind for a corner.

  65. 43

    Bendtner makes progress down the right. He feeds the ball inside, but there is no room. Norwich working so hard to get the ball back.

  66. 42

    Norwich look comfortable at the moment. Morison tries to barge his way through, but the door is slammed in his face.

  67. 41

    Steve Bruce does not look like a happy camper on the sidelines. Can you blame him?

  68. 40

    Sunderland are on the attack with Richardson but his run is brought to an end

  69. 39

    Hoolahan again shows his class as he wrong foots Brown to win a free-kick

  70. 38

    Norwich have been good value for their lead though

  71. 37

    Hoolahan just finds a bit of space in between the lines and tries to play in Morrison but he just over hits his pass

  72. 36

    Sunderland will hope they can get an equaliser before the interval to stay in this game

  73. 35

    Bendtner tried to cushion a header back to Larsson but it goes out of play

  74. 34

    Bennett tries to get around the back of the Sunderland defence again but this time they are alert to the danger

  75. 33

    A stray pass from Richardson to Sessegnon allows Norwich to regain possesion and go on the attack

  76. 32

    Elmohamady lands awkwardly after going up to contest a header with Tierney and has to leave the field for treatment. But he returns and is able to continue

  77. 31

    Sunderland must be totally shocked as they had looked the most likely to score a goal

  78. 30

    Bennett gets to the byline after playing a one two with Fox. His cross to the near post is met by Barnett who makes no mistake from close range.

  79. 30

    GOAL!!! BARNETT!!!!

  80. 28

    Brown again clears the danger after Pilkington twists and turns before putting a cute delivery to the near post

  81. 27

    Norwich show they are dangerous on the counter as Morrison tries to find Hoolahan with a cute reverse pass by Mignolet races out to clear the ball

  82. 26

    Sunderland are enjoying a good spell now as they try and find a way through.

  83. 25

    CHANCE!! Great skill by Bendtner as he controls a pass from Sessegnon instantly and before turning and hitting a sweet volley that's well saved by Ruddy.

  84. 24

    Bramble causes a few nerves as he allows the ball to bounce while under pressure but he is able to get the ball back to Mignolet to clear the danger.

  85. 21

    Brown uses his experience to shield Morrison as he tries to get onto Pilkington's dangerous looking delivery.

  86. 20

    CHANCE!! Great play by Bendtner who drifts out wide before pulling the ball back for Gardner who side foots his effort over the bar.

  87. 19

    Bramble gets booed by the Norwich fans which is probably due to his Ipswich connections where he started his career.

  88. 18

    Hoolahan tries to get away from Vaughan in midfield but the Sunderland man tracks him back and gets the tackle in. Stops a promising situation.

  89. 16

    Richardson looked to be out possession but got back well to put a block in on Bennett to stop him from crossing.

  90. 15

    Sunderland have enjoyed the majority of the possesion and look dangerous.

  91. 14

    Bendtner shows great skill to control the ball and bring it down but he's unable to get his shot off.

  92. 13

    Larsson plays a super cross field ball out to Elmohamady but he is closed down by the hardworking Tierney.

  93. 12

    Lovely Sunderland move between Elmohamady, Sessegnon and Gardner. However, Tierney manages to stay with Gardner and just gets a nick on the ball.

  94. 11

    Mignolet's long punt up the field puts Norwich on the back foot. O'Shea shows plenty of determination to win the second balls.

  95. 10

    Barnett puts in a crunching tackle on Sessegnon as the Canaries win the ball back

  96. 9

    Sunderland move breaks down as Richardson plays a stray pass which allows Norwich to go on the attack.

  97. 7

    The second corner from Norwich also comes to nothing. Sunderland stand firm at the back. The Canaries are knocking on the door.

  98. 6

    Norwich force a corner, with Mignolet flapping slightly. Sunderland fail to clear their lines, giving Morison a chance to try his luck. His shot deflects behind.

  99. 5

    Long punt forward has Sunderland rocking. Bramble misses his clearance and Hoolahan is in. He lobs the ball goalwards, but it drops wide of the target.

  100. 4

    Norwich finding their feet and getting into the game. Lambert likes his side to play the right way.

  101. 3

    Bendtner tries to get in behind the Norwich defence but the pass was overhit.

  102. 3

    CHANCE!!! First chance of the game goes to Norwich as Morrison makes space for himself and lets off a low drive that is well saved.

  103. 2

    Elmohamady goes down under a challenge but the referee ignores his plea for a free-kick.

  104. 1

    Sunderland gain poseesion and try and play their way through midfield

  105. 1

    Norwich get the game off

  106. I will put up more of your comments at half-time but right now let's sit back and enjoy the game

  107. Tom says: I'm predicting a 2-0 win for Norwich, Morison and Holt to come on to score second.

  108. Norwich fans are having their say now.......

  109. So for all of you who want a brew now is a good time to go and if you fancy something stronger, why not?

  110. The kick-off here is just minutes away for what is sure to be an entertaining game.

  111. While they are trying to find their voice, Paul has emailed in to say: I see Sunderland taking Norwich 4-1 tonight, they're far too strong for the Canaries !

  112. It seems like the Sunderland fans are the only ones out there tonight. Where are all the Norwich fans?

  113. Seeing as so many of you are predicting that Bendtner to score, I just thought I would give you some odds for him. To score first he is 6/1 and to score at anytime he is 7/4.

  114. Michael Lauritsen says: I think Sunderland wins tonight despite playing away. One should not underestimate how Nicklas Bendtner has affected Sunderlands offensive side. I am very sure he will score his first goal tonight. A tight game maybe - but 0-2 for Sunderland.

  115. AJ wants to have his say too: I think Sunderland will be too strong for Norwich tonight, a 3-1 away win with bendtner getting the first!

  116. Rob says: Bruce seems to struggle against his old teams but i fancy 2 nil sunderland bendtnar 1st goal cmon sunderland

  117. Eric Sweeney says: I see Sunderland are unchanged from last week so Captain Cattermole is benched once again! going for an away win with Bentner grabbing a brace tonight.

  118. The emails are flooding in now.............

  119. Tonight's referee will be Chris Foy.

  120. Here are the unchanged line-ups:

  121. Craig Gordon and Fraizer Campbell (both knee) are still out injured.

  122. Phil Bardsley is banned for this game, David Meyler played 45 minutes in midweek for the reserves after a long spell out with a second serious knee injury, but this game comes too early for him.

  123. However, he has no fresh injury worries ahead of the game.

  124. Lambert will be without defenders Zak Whitbread (hamstring), while fellow defenders Elliott Ward (knee) and Daniel Ayala (both knee) remain out.

  125. The Canaries are 11/8 to continue their winning streak, Sunderland are 15/8 to gain an away win. The draw looks good value at 23/10.

  126. For those of you that like a flutter let me give you some odds.

  127. Bruce has also named the same team after winning their last team after their win against Stoke.

  128. Paul Lambert made six changes to the team against Bolton last week and he has decided to name an unchanged team.

  129. Norwich sit in a respectable 14th place in the table but they are just one point above the drop zone.

  130. Norwich managed to see off Bolton 2-1, while Sunderland looked to ease the early season pressure on Bruce with 1 4-0 win over Stoke.

  131. Both teams are going for back-to-back victories after gleaning wins in their last outings.

  132. Do you think Bruce will make a succesful return? Or will Norwich leave their former player with a blooded nose? Let me know how you see this game going by emailing me at

  133. And he will be keen to make an impression upon his return to Norfolk.

  134. Bruce spent three-and-a-half years at the club before signing for Manchester United and the rest they say is history.

  135. The game will have the added twist of Steve Bruce returning back to the club where he made his debut 27 years ago.

  136. Norwich will host Sunderland in front of an expectant crowd and the anticipation around the ground is building steadily.

  137. Good evening and welcome to Carrow Road for tonight's Premier League game.

  138. Kick-off is 2000 BST.



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