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Britannia Stadium (ATT 14,249) 29th August 2005 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: M Pike

Stoke Stoke City vs Norwich City Norwich

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Stoke sink sorry Norwich

By Paul Higham.   Last Updated: 29/08/05 9:35pm

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Norwich's miserable start to the season continued with a 3-1 defeat at Stoke as Darren Huckerby was sent off.

Things looked promising for the visitors as Dean Ashton cancelled out Martin Kolar's early opener, but Kevin Harper struck on the stroke of half time and Huckerby saw red in the second half, before Mamady Sidibe (pictured) added a third for The Potters.

The Canaries were amongst the favourites for promotion this season but they have endured a nightmare start to the season and now find themselves stuck in the bottom three without a win in six games.

Nigel Worthington's men could not have had a worse start at The Britannia Stadium, as Kolar gave the hosts the lead inside ten minutes.

Ashton gave the visitors hopes as he levelled the scores up at 1-1 on 38 minutes when he lashed home from 12 yards after Jim Brennan's hopeful cross.

Harper's goal was a real blow for Norwich as it came on the stroke of half time, but Robert Green could do nothing as Harper turned on the right of the box before curling a wonderful left-footed shot into the top corner.

The second half turned into an ill-tempered battle and it all got too much for Huckerby who was given a straight red card on 52 minutes for using foul and abusive language towards referee Mike Pike after failing to win a free kick.

Norwich looked viable down after the sending off and it was no surprise when powerful marksman Sidibe rifled in on 69 minutes to secure a welcome 3-1 win for Johan Boskamp's men.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 46 90
2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
10 Birmingham City 46 63
11 Cardiff City 46 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 59
15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 46 55
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 46 26

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