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Carrow Road (ATT 26,840) 17th November 2012 - Kick off 17:30 Ref: A Taylor

Norwich Norwich City vs Manchester United Man Utd

Norwich 1

A Pilkington (60)


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  1. Full Time. All over! Brilliant win for Norwich. Anthony Pilkington with the only goal and the Canaries held on for the victory. United off the top of the Premier League.

  2. 90+5

    Anderson with a shot and Scholes is closing in on the rebound but Ruddy's handling is superb again.

  3. 90+3

    Chance for Van Persie to whip in a free-kick. He does so and Bassong diverts the ball towards his own goal - brilliant save from Ruddy!

  4. 90+2

    Rafael booked for dissent.

  5. 90+1

    Elliott Bennett on for Snodgrass.

  6. 90

    There will be four minutes added time.

  7. 90

    Carrick sees his shot blocked and Norwich are on the break. Howson is through on goal - he's one-on-one. But he drags the shot horribly wide.

  8. 89

    Ruddy again claims the ball. He's been faultless this evening.

  9. 87

    Morison swings a ball across the box but he doesn't have too much support at the moment.

  10. 86

    Rafael does well to dig out a cross but Ruddy claims.

  11. 85

    Young again crosses for Welbeck but he cannot direct the ball goalwards.

  12. 83

    Anderson for Ferdinand.

  13. 83

    Howson for Hoolahan.

  14. 83

    Morison for Holt.

  15. 82

    Scholes pulling the strings and United's full-backs pushed forward but Norwich defending stoutly.

  16. 81

    And when the ball comes into the box it is a poor one allowing Norwich to clear.

  17. 81

    Whittaker with a great defensive header to clear for a corner.

  18. 79

    United continuing to probe but with Norwich sitting deep there looks to be no way through.

  19. 76

    Van Persie with the cross and Welbeck cannot get enough on the header. It's easy for Ruddy to save.

  20. 75

    Young with a cross and Welbeck's header is deflected wide. Corner.

  21. 74

    Holt holds the ball up well and then Johnson has the chance to run clear but he fails to control the pass. Rafael then commits a desperate foul and gives away a free-kick.

  22. 72

    Ferguson is off the bench and imploring for some urgency from his players. Norwich retaining their shape and looking relatively untroubled.

  23. 70

    Rafael's speculative effort is blocked.

  24. 70

    Welbeck on for Hernandez.

  25. 69

    Scholes on for Valencia.

  26. 67

    Another United attack breaks down and it's all falling a little flat for the visitors. The Canaries in determined mood here.

  27. 64

    Johnson adjudged to have been fouled by Hernandez. Not sure about that one and the Mexico international is livid. United frustrated.

  28. 64

    The ball comes to Giggs in the area but the ball ricochets back off him under pressure and that's a goal-kick.

  29. 62

    Norwich pushing for another. Pilkington twists and turns before forcing a cross goalwards for Ferdinand to shovel away.

  30. Nice one-two from the impressive Hoolahan and he finds Garrido in space on the left. The full-back crosses and finds the near-post run of Pilkington who loops a header over Lindegaard to give Norwich the lead.

  31. 60

    Goal! Anthony Pilkington with a header!

  32. 59

    Giggs with a clever ball to Van Persie but when Valencia crosses Norwich are able to clear. Rafael then has a run into the home defence but sees his shot blocked.

  33. 57

    Pilkington swings in a cross from the left but gets too much on it and that's a goal-kick.

  34. 56

    Ferguson might be thinking of making a change here. He has Anderson, Scholes and Welbeck among others as options on the bench.

  35. 54

    Eventually Garrido crosses and there is nobody at the far edge of the box.

  36. 54

    Crowd vocal as Norwich retain possession well. Not going anywhere fast but it's good football.

  37. 52

    Giggs with the ball over the top and Hernandez has made a typically superb run to find space. Ruddy has to come out of his area to kick the ball into the stands.

  38. 51

    Snodgrass whips in a dangerous cross and Lindegaard is under severe pressure but somehow United smuggle the ball away from goal.

  39. 50

    Snodgrass does well to intercept a pass to Evra and is then fouled by the full-back as he attempts to break.

  40. 49

    Van Persie swings the ball in but Norwich can clear.

  41. 48

    Pilkington concedes a corner.

  42. 47

    Young with an excellent lofted ball to Van Persie and again the forward misses his kick when well placed. He has so much time he can go and retrieve the ball and cut in on his left to shoot at Ruddy at the second attempt but the keeper saves down low.

  43. 47

    United keep the ball for the entire first minute of the half before Valencia drills in a cross from the right that Ruddy claims.

  44. 46

    Manchester United kick-off and we are underway in this second half.

  45. Half Time. The referee brings the first half to an end and we're goalless at Carrow Road. Ruddy has made several saves and it's been a fairly bright game but no glaring opportunities just yet.

  46. 45

    There will be one minute of added time.

  47. 44

    Giggs with another teasing ball forward to Hernandez but Turner just about intercepts it.

  48. 43

    Another corner after Smalling attempts a Cruyff turn in the box and sees his shot blocked. But when Van Persie crosses, Ruddy claims the ball at the second attempt.

  49. 42

    Vall comes out to Young at the far post and he shoots low but Ruddy is there to push the ball wide.

  50. 42

    Valencia wins a corner off Garrido.

  51. 40

    Chance! Beautiful ball from Giggs as he lofts the ball over the Norwich defence. Van Persie is on the end of it but can only manage an ugly lunge at the ball with his left foot and completely misses his kick when well placed.

  52. 38

    Chance! Snodgrass and Hoolahan do well and, when the cross comes in from the right, Holt makes the near-post run but cannot get away from Smalling who produces a great block on the edge of the six-yard box.

  53. 38

    Giggs tries an incisive ball to Hernandez but the pass is intercepted.

  54. 37

    Rafael crosses but puts the ball too close to Ruddy and the keeper collects.

  55. 36

    Carrick spots Giggs' run and aims for the veteran's head with a diagonal ball but gets too much on it and that's a goal-kick.

  56. 35

    The Canaries are still getting men behind the ball though. Carrick has no options in midfield and sees another threaded ball cut out by Tettey who is dropping deep alongside the defence at times.

  57. 33

    Norwich dominating for a period now. Succeeding in getting Holt into the game but this is allowing United more space on the break.

  58. 31

    Hoolahan doing very well. Here he sets up Tetty who fires off a speculative effort that Lindegaard saves to his right.

  59. 30

    Delay as Snodgrass is injured.

  60. 29

    Sloppy from Smalling as he surrenders possession in his own half but Johnson's right-footed shot from distance is blocked.

  61. 28

    Scrappy passage of play ends in Hernandez fouling Turner.

  62. 26

    Giggs fails to find Hernandez. Norwich coming more and more into this.

  63. 25

    Pilkington running at Rafael and he has Garrido on the overlap - and uses him. The full-back blasts a cross-shot towards goal but it misses everyone.

  64. 24

    Carrick tries a threaded pass but it runs through to Ruddy.

  65. 24

    Hoolahan is causing plenty of problems with his quality play in the hole. This time Snodgrass heads wide from Hoolahan's cross.

  66. 22

    Channel ball to Holt wins possession high up the field for Norwich.

  67. 21

    Young's corner eludes everyone.

  68. 20

    It's an open game but no great chances so far. Slow build-up from both sides at times. Tettey is robbed in midfield and that gives Hernandez an opportunity to win a corner.

  69. 18

    Young has the chance to cross but makes a mess of it and that's a goal-kick.

  70. 17

    Better possession from Norwich. A lengthy spell of control ends with Hoolahan in space and he shoots right-footed at Lindegaard from distance. It's an effort on target for the home side and that's raised the crowd.

  71. 15

    Young's curling effort is on target but easy for Ruddy to catch.

  72. 15

    This time Turner fouls Hernandez and concedes a free-kick 30 yards out.

  73. 14

    Norwich struggling to get Holt into the game at the moment.

  74. 13

    Hernandez nearly latches on to a Van Persie header but Bassong does well to outmuscle the forward.

  75. 11

    Great cross from Pilkington nearly finds Holt. End-to-end stuff now.

  76. 10

    Giggs with a training ground free-kick pulls the ball back for Van Persie but he fires over when under pressure.

  77. 9

    Young running at Whittaker at the other end and the winger is fouled, winning a free-kick in a good position.

  78. 8

    Ruddy punches away Young's corner and Norwich break through Pilkington. The winger doesn't have great pace so he tries his luck with a left-footed effort from distance in the left channel and flashes the ball across the goal, just wide of Lindegaard's far post.

  79. 7

    It's been a confident start from the visitors but not much goalmouth action just yet. Valencia crosses and Whittaker concedes a corner.

  80. 5

    Snodgrass then shoots wide with a volley.

  81. 5

    First real attack from Norwich. Tettey drives forward and spreads the play to Snodgrass who wins a throw-in.

  82. 4

    Young has two attempts to swing the ball in but both are cleared.

  83. 3

    Norwich sitting deep as Valencia and Carrick probe. Chance! Van Persie with a shot from the edge of the box and it is pushed for a corner by Ruddy.

  84. 2

    United settled into their passing game now, stroking the ball across the defence.

  85. 1

    We are underway and there is an early touch for Ruddy as he clears up the field.

  86. Thanks for your comments. The players are on the pitch and we'll be underway in a moment.

  87. But Manchester United have recovered more points from losing positions than any other team in the Premier League (15) and they are one of two sides who have not dropped any points from a match where they have taken the lead at some stage.

  88. The Canaries have won three and lost just one of their last six Premier League home games and kept four clean sheets in that run.

  89. Ryan Giggs starts today. He scored at Carrow Road in the first season of the Premier League (1992-93) and the 20th season (2011-12). He has also netted in three of the five Premier League meetings between Norwich and United at Carrow Road, as well as scoring his second-ever league goal in a 3-0 home win over Norwich in September 1991.

  90. Norwich City: Ruddy; Garrido, Bassong, Turner, Whittaker; Pilkington, Johnson, Tettey, Snodgrass; Hoolahan; Holt. Subs: Bunn, Howson, Jackson, Morison, E. Bennett, Tierney, R. Bennett.

  91. Manchester United: Lindegaard; Rafael, Smalling, Ferdinand, Evra; Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Young; van Persie, Hernandez. Subs: Johnstone, Jones, Anderson, Welbeck, Scholes, Cleverley, Fletcher.

  92. The teams are in and will be up shortly.

  93. Any thoughts or predictions? Get in touch by email at or on Twitter @GhostGoal and I'll post as many as I can.

  94. Our friends at Sky Bet have the odds for this one. United are 4/9 favourites with Norwich at 6/1. The draw is available at 7/2.

  95. Welcome to live commentary of Norwich versus Manchester United in the Premier League.

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