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Carrow Road (ATT 26,072) 3rd November 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Marriner

Norwich Norwich City vs Stoke City Stoke

Norwich 1

B Johnson (44)


Stoke 0

Bradley Johnson's first goal for over a year gave Norwich a 1-0 win over Stoke

Last Updated: 05/11/12 4:34pm

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Bradley Johnson: Midfielder's first goal in over a year

Bradley Johnson: Midfielder's first goal in over a year

Bradley Johnson's first goal for over a year earned Norwich a 1-0 win over Stoke which lifted them above their opponents in the Premier League.

Best of the Game

  • Man of the Match - It was a game that lacked huge quality of passing, but Wes Hoolahan was the foremost creative spark, and controlled the midfield with ease
  • Goal of the Match - Bradley Johnson's header was a clever finish, as Robert Snodgrass' delivery was a touch behind the midfielder, requiring an expert flick of the forehead
  • Disappointment of the Match - Criticism of Pulis' Stoke is unfounded at times, but they simply didn't attempt enough invention in midfield, preferring the direct pass to Peter Crouch
  • Attempt of the Match - Slightly tongue-in-cheek, but Wes Hoolahan's 50-yard effort stood out. It was off target, an unsure Asmir Begovic still touched the ball behind for a corner
  • Talking point of the Match - In the build-up to the free kick from which Norwich scored, Tony Pulis felt that Charlie Adam had been fouled. Adam had already been booked for simulation

Stoke were aggrieved that they had not been awarded a free-kick for a foul on Charlie Adam in the build-up to the goal and felt the free-kick which then was awarded to the hosts was harsh, but in a game of few chances, Norwich's spirit ensured the result was a deserved one.

The home side had made a decent start, with Robert Snodgrass to the fore, but the first shot in anger came from Stoke as Adam curled one just wide from 20 yards after a loose clearance from Javier Garrido.

Anthony Pilkington had the first clear sight of goal for the home side after good work by Wes Hoolahan but Asmir Begovic was able to block his low eight-yard effort with his legs.

Adam went into the book for simulation after it appeared he had received a shove, but the Scottish midfielder was seen to better effect when he drilled one into John Ruddy's midriff.

After Andy Wilkinson was booked for bringing down Snodgrass, the visitors claimed harshly, Johnson (44) rose highest to meet Snodgrass' free-kick and flick the ball into the top corner to give the home side the lead.

Pilkington then skipped to the byline and cut the ball across for Snodgrass who could not provide the crucial touch with the goal gaping.

Early in the second period, Michael Turner missed his clearance to present Jon Walters with a glorious chance but the Stoke man, under pressure from Sebastien Bassong, could not beat Ruddy from 10 yards.

Pilkington volleyed over on the stretch while Alexander Tettey, a powerhouse in the home midfield, drilled one wide from 23 yards as Norwich looked to earn some breathing space.

One of Tony Pulis' two substitutes Kenwyne Jones headed Adam's free-kick straight at Ruddy and Peter Crouch hooked one volley over the top as the pressure mounted.

Jones again drilled wide as he muscled past Ryan Barnett but Norwich were able to hold firm to record only their second home win of the season.

Having followed up victory over Tottenham in midweek, which secured a place in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup, by beating Stoke, the Canaries are now unbeaten in four games across all competitions since the international break.

Norwich had recalled captain Grant Holt and England goalkeeper Ruddy into the starting XI as manager Chris Hughton again utilised his full squad.

Stoke, who had drawn six of their nine league games before today, brought in full-back Wilkinson after Marc Wilson fractured a bone in his calf against Sunderland.

Norwich CityTeam StatisticsStoke City
11st Half Goals0
4Shots on Target4
5Shots off Target5
5Blocked Shots0
1Yellow Cards5
0Red Cards0
71.8Passing Success76.6
71.4Tackles Success84.6
51.5Territorial Advantage48.5
348Total Passes471
32Total Crosses23
188Lost Balls189
42.91st Half Poss.57.1
42.12nd Half Poss.57.9

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