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Carrow Road (ATT 26,819) 31st August 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: H Webb

Norwich Norwich City vs Southampton Southampton

Norwich 1

N Redmond (68)


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  1. Stay with for report and reaction from Carrow Road. Thanks for joining me this afternoon.

  2. Redmond's goal proved to be the difference between two very evenly matched sides. Norwich will take a great deal of confidence into the international break, and though Southampton will reflect on their first defeat of the season, they played their part in a very entertaining game.

  3. Norwich get their first win of the season!

  4. 90+2

    Snodgrass wants a penalty after driving into the Saints box but Webb says no! Fonte cut across the Norwich winger and it looked a penalty to me.

  5. 90

    Four added minutes for Norwich to hold out, and Ruddy begins the extra time by claiming another cross. The home keeper has been very solid.

  6. 89

    ... which is well claimed by Ruddy.

  7. 88

    Lambert is given a free-kick around 30 yards out, just off-centre, but the Norwich wall stands firm. Saints, however, win a corner...

  8. 86

    Redmond leads a Norwich break and the winger again gets in the box before driving a shot at goal but Boruc makes a diving parry.

  9. 84

    Lovren again brings the ball out from the back and sprays a lovely pass out to Chambers on the right. The Saints full-back, though, delivers a poor ball which is easily cleared.

  10. 80

    Rodriguez is immediately involved when Lambert's fine lofted pass finds the substitute's chest but Ruddy springs from his line to smother the danger.

  11. 78

    Osvaldo's full debut is over as the Italian makes way for Jay Rodriguez. Saints trying something different in their search for an equaliser.

  12. 76

    Howson replaces Elmander as Norwich look to secure the midfield area.

  13. 75

    Ward-Prowse blocks Johnson's long-range drive as Norwich knock the ball around confidently. Saints cannot get hold of the ball and Osvaldo resorts to fouling Garrido.

  14. 72

    Schneiderlin makes way for Steven Davis. The Northern Irishman scored twice in the midweek League Cup win at Barnsley and Southampton need something similar today.

  15. 70

    Southampton immediately set off in search an equaliser, but possession in the Norwich half leads only to a perfectly-timed crunching tackle from Turner on Lambert.

  16. 68

    Redmond receives the ball on the right touchline before driving forward, throwing a step-over at Ward-Prowse and driving a low shot inside Boruc's near post. Great goal!

  17. 68


  18. 66

    A Maradona-esque run from Saints centre-half Lovren is finally brought to an end by the Norwich defence. Step-overs, nutmegs, dummies - that dribble had it all!

  19. 62

    A surprising substitution: Lallana goes off, with no apparent injury, and is replaced by Ramirez. The departing Saints skipper has looked like one of their biggest threats but Pochettino wants to try something different. Lambert takes the Southampton armband.

  20. 61

    Osvaldo is down after being caught on the wrong end of Turner's elbow. It's not deliberate but it certainly wasn't a wise challenge by the Norwich defender.

  21. 58

    Redmond tortures Chambers again and delivers the ball into the box but Elamder's header goes high and wide of the goal. The striker was leaning back and it was not a simple chance. Redmond, though, looks like one of Norwich's best routes to goal.

  22. 57

    Elmander's through-ball to van Wolfswinkel is intercepted by the Saints defence but at the expense of a corner. Norwich take it quickly but Snodgrass over-hits his delivery and the ball drifts out for a goal kick.

  23. 54

    Redmond's strength and trickery causes panic on the left and his floated cross is flicked away by Saints stopper Boruc but only to Elmander. The Norwich striker, though, cannot get his effort away and the danger is eventually cleared. Entertaining start to the second-half, with both teams going for three points.

  24. 52

    Norwich wake up and win a set-piece on the right. A Snodgrass delivery lands on the head of Fer but the midfielder directs his effort wide of the goal.

  25. 51

    Ruddy has to deny Osvaldo again - this time, though, with a more routine save. The Southampton striker works a yard of space away Whittaker to the left of the box but Ruddy collapses to his left to gather.

  26. 49

    SAVE! Some neat interplay on the right results in Osvaldo receiving the ball with his back to goal. The Italian takes a neat touch to spin before volleying at Ruddy, who dives to his right to parry the ball away for a corner.

  27. 48

    Elmander is limping after slipping on the recently-sprinkled pitch and turning his ankle slightly. The Norwich striker looks okay to continue after some treatment.

  28. 47

    Southampton start on the front foot, winning a corner on the right but Johnson heads away from in front of the near post.

  29. 46

    Southampton get the second-half underway. Neither side has made any changes.

  30. Lallana came closest to breaking the deadlock when he struck the post with a volley from the edge of the box and referee Webb has rejected penalty appeals at both ends. Both sides will feel satisfied, if not delighted, but what do you think? Email me or reach me on Twitter @IanWatson1.

  31. The extra 60 seconds passes without incident and we are goalless at the break.

  32. 45

    One minute added time...

  33. 44

    Redmond, who has been quiet in the last 20 minutes, wins a free-kick deep on the left, but the delivery is dealt with by the Southampton defence.

  34. 39

    POST! Fer gives away a free-kick 40 yards from goal and Ward-Prowse delivers. Norwich win the first header, but Lallana smashes a left-footed volley against the post, with Ruddy motionless. So close for Saints!

  35. 37

    Wanyama again disappoints when he puts a sloppy pass out of reach Ward-Prowse and out for a goal-kick. Saints need more from the former Celtic midfielder.

  36. 35

    CLOSE! Wanyama is dispossessed, allowing Redmond to run at the Saints defence. He and Snodgrass combine to work the ball to Whittaker, who flashes the ball across the face of goal but the touch he wants never arrives.

  37. 33

    A lovely build-up gives way to desperate defending in the Southampton box. Snodgrass put Lovren on his backside on the byline before standing up a floater to the far post. Van Wolfswinkel's header hits Chambers on the hand - no penalty - before the Saints defence throw themselves in front of shots from Fer and Snodgrass and eventually clear.

  38. 30

    New England Under-21 coach Gareth Southgate is in attendance today, watching Redmond, Ward-Prowse and perhaps Shaw if he gets off the Saints bench.

  39. 27

    It's Boruc's turn to come from his line to claim a delivery from the right - this one coming from Whittaker, who was level with the edge fo the box. Saints go down the other end and Osvaldo winds up for a spectacular bicycle kick but Turner's head reaches Lallana's cross first.

  40. 24

    Ward-Prowse has the chance to deliver a set-piece into the box from deep on the right but his floated ball is claimed well by Ruddy.

  41. 21

    Southampton have now settled and Ruddy has to rush from his line to deny Osvaldo. The offside flag was up, but this is more encouraging from Saints.

  42. 19

    Few Saints protested Webb's decision. The incident was very similar to the penalty appeal Manchester United had rejected against Frank Lampard on Monday Night Football last week. Appeals waved away on both occasions, but Johnson's hands were away from his body.

  43. 19

    Lallana has been pushed up closer to the strikers as Southampton attempt to get a grip of the game and the move almost reaps immediate reward. After some trickery on the edge of the box, Lallana creates enough space to get off a shot which strikes Johnson on the hand. 'No penalty', says ref Webb.

  44. 16

    CHANCE! Snodgrass delivers a set-piece from deep on the right which gets a flick on the way onto Fer's chest, but as the midfielder looks to bundle the ball in from close range, Boruc springs forward to spread himself and block the shot. Fine save from the Pole in goal.

  45. 15

    The game swings from end-to-end, with a Saints attack down the right breaking down, allowing Snodgrass to break on the opposite side, but his delivery into the box is easily clutched by Boruc.

  46. 14

    Redmond's feet are too quick for Wanyama and referee Webb gives Norwich the free-kick. Garrido and Johnson eventually work a crossing position for the full-back but Southampton are strong enough to clear.

  47. 11

    Another period of Norwich pressure results in Johnson creating space 25 yards from goal but his shot is dragged well wide of goal. Poor effort, but the hosts' build-up play looks quick and tidy so far.

  48. 8

    Southampton get into the Norwich box for the first time but Turner eventually tidies up, heading back to Ruddy under pressure from Ward-Prowse.

  49. 8

    Snodgrass recovered to take the set-piece but his driven attempt fails to clear the first man. Disappointing delivery from the Scotland international.

  50. 7

    Snodgrass has earned free-kick close to the right corner of the Southampton box. This could be dangerous for Saints...

  51. 4

    A great dribble and drive from Redmond results in the ball whistling narrowly wide of Boruc's right-hand post. The England Under-21 wideman has started on the left, with Snodgrass on the right. Both players will look to cut in off the flank, just as Redmond did there. Fine effort.

  52. 1

    Norwich start on the front foot before Lallana dribbles the ball to safety and earns a free-kick by his own corner flag.

  53. The two teams attempt to out-huddle each other before the players sprint off into their positions. And we're off...

  54. Today's referee, Howard Webb, leads out the two teams as Fat Boy Slim blares out at Carrow Road

  55. Southampton have never won their opening two away games in a top flight season and they are looking for their first back-to-back victories on the road for the first time in 12 years. Can the Saints do it?

  56. The sun is shining at Carrow Road and the guest of honour, professional boxer and former Norwich striker Leon McKenzie, has just been presented to the sell-out crowd.

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  58. I'm Ian Watson and I'd like to hear your thoughts on the game today. Both sides have named attacking line-ups, with the inclusions of Osvaldo and Elmander especially intriguing. How will both sides adapt to playing two strikers? What are your predictions? You can email me at or reach me on Twitter at @ianwatson1.

  59. The headlines from the team news: Norwich bring in Sebastien Bassong, Robert Snodgrass and Johan Elmander after their defeat at Hull. Southampton give a full debut to Dani Osvaldo while Danny Fox also starts in place of Luke Shaw.

  60. The two benches: Norwich: Bunn, Martin, Tettey, Howson, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Becchio. Southampton: K Davis, Clyne, Yoshida, S. Davis, Rodriguez, Ramirez, Shaw.

  61. Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino has named the following XI: Boruc, Chambers, Fonte, Lovren, Fox, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, Ward-Prowse, Lallana, Osvaldo, Lambert.

  62. The teams are in. Norwich line up as follows: Ruddy, Whittaker, Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Snodgrass, Fer, Johnson, Redmond, Elmander; van Wolfswinkel.

  63. Good afternoon and welcome to live commentary of Norwich's Premier League clash with Southampton at Carrow Road.



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