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

Norwich Norwich City vs Sunderland Sunderland

Norwich 2

L Barnett (31)
S Morison (48)

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Sunderland 1

K Richardson (86)

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Canaries come out on top

Black Cats continue to struggle as Canaries see them off

Last Updated: 26/09/11 10:57pm

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Barnett: Celebrating scoring the opening goal for Norwich against Sunderland

Barnett: Celebrating scoring the opening goal for Norwich against Sunderland

Leon Barnett and Steve Morison notched the goals for Norwich as they beat Sunderland 2-1 to claim back-to-back Premier League wins.

Man of the Match The choice of Bradley Johnson might surprise some people but he gets this for all the work he did off the ball. He did all the unglamorous work of getting back and filling in the gaps. Showed great industry. Save of the Match Bradley Johnson almost blotted his copybook as he miscued a clearance which allowed Bendtner to get in. His deft flick looked like it was going in but John Ruddy produced a top save to tip it wide. Goal of the Match Kieran Richardson has been pining for an attacking role and this goal will help to press his claims. He scored with a sweet low drive from the edge of the box that arrowed into the net and left John Ruddy rooted to the spot. Moment of the Match Steve Morison scoring the second goal for Norwich and claimed his first Premier League goal of the season. A great moment for the former non-league striker. Talking point The defeat leaves Sunderland boss Steve Bruce back under pressure and with just five points on the board. They have now lost three games in the league this season and you have to wonder how long Bruce will be given to turn things around.

The Canaries' first goal came from the unlikely source of Bennett who finished off a neat passage of play from close range.

Morison extended their advantage shortly after the restart with a thumping header to put them in control, but Kieran Richardson ensured a nervy finish with a late goal.

However, Norwich hung on to claim their first home win of the season and moved up to ninth in the league.

Both teams were unchanged from last weekend, when Sunderland had thumped Stoke 4-0 at the Stadium of Light.

After a bright start from the visitors, Morison created space for a shot at the edge of the Sunderland area, but his low strike was well held by Simon Mignolet.

Titus Bramble missed a high ball through the middle, which suddenly released Wes Hoolahan 20 yards out, but he lobbed the ball over the advancing Mignolet and high into the stands.

Norwich continued to look lively through Anthony Pilkington down the right.

Despite their dominance, the Canaries were unable to further test Mignolet and slowly Sunderland grew into the match.

The visitors moved the ball quickly from the right into the centre in the 21st minute, but Craig Gardner crashed his 20-yard shot over.

Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner, on loan from Arsenal, pulled the ball down with a neat touch before firing goalwards, with Canaries goalkeeper John Ruddy getting down quickly to make the save.

Threat

Pilkington, who scored at Bolton last weekend, continued to look Norwich's main threat as he darted into the right side of the area before his cross was blocked.

The Canaries, though, were ahead in the 31st minute.

David Fox fed Bennett into the right side of the Sunderland area with a neat one-two. The former Brighton winger dashed to the goal-line before cutting the ball back through the six-yard box to Barnett who tapped in from close range.

Sunderland looked for an immediate response, but Stephane Sessegnon ballooned his 20-yard effort wide.

Norwich came out of the blocks quickly at the start of the second half - and were rewarded when Morison doubled the host's lead in the 48th minute.

Pilkington got away down the left, and his run into the box saw overlapping full-back Marc Tierney clip the ball across goal where Wales striker Morison got above Wes Brown to power a header into the roof of the net from six yards.

The Canaries had their tails up now - with Bennett drilling wide after more positive build-up by the hosts.

There was then a massive let-off for the hosts when Bradley Johnson's miskick in the six-yard box gifted the ball to Bendtner at the near post - but the on-loan Arsenal man saw his flick touched across the face of goal by Ruddy.

From the resulting corner, Norwich broke quickly through Russell Martin, who fed Bennett on the left.

Palmed

The winger cut inside to drill an angled shot at Mignolet, which the Belgian goalkeeper palmed out and Martin's follow-up was deflected wide.

With 23 minutes left, Sunderland sent on Connor Wickham for Sessegnon, the former Ipswich striker receiving a less than warm welcome from the Norwich faithful.

The £8million signing had a chance to make an instant impact and silence the Barclay End - but headed straight at Ruddy from a corner.

Norwich made a double change in the 78th minute when James Vaughan replaced the hard-working Pilkington and captain Grant Holt came on for Morison.

Vaughan, a summer signing from Everton, dragged his 20-yard shot wide after another quick break by the home side.

Sunderland, though, set up a grandstand finale when Richardson drilled a low, angled shot into the bottom right corner.

Vaughan, who missed the start of the season with a knee injury, looked to be struggling and had to be helped off as Norwich had to see out five minutes of stoppage time with 10 men.

Norwich CityTeam StatisticsSunderland
2Goals1
11st Half Goals0
4Shots on Target6
3Shots off Target6
5Blocked Shots2
7Corners4
4Fouls7
0Offsides1
2Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
68.6Passing Success75.8
19Tackles14
63.2Tackles Success85.7
42.8Possession57.2
51.4Territorial Advantage48.6

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