McVeigh double sinks Crewe
By Ben Blackmore. Last Updated: 10/12/05 7:00pm
Paul McVeigh was the Norwich hero as The Canaries produced a stirring comeback to win 2-1 at Crewe.
Things had looked far from promising for Nigel Worthington's men as goalkeeper Ross Turnbull turned in a fine performance to preserve Billy Jones' early opener, but McVeigh dragged his team back into the match before finding the perfect header four minutes from time.
Having just recovered from injury, Turnbull was thrown in at the deep end by Dario Gradi, and he repaid the manager's faith within seconds of the start, saving superbly from Dean Ashton.
City made most of the early running and the powerful forward went close again, before Crewe rocked the visitors in the 17th minute.
The combination of Steve Jones and Billy Jones clicked to great effect, with the former providing the cross for the latter, who prodded past a helpless Robert Green.
McVeigh's introduction then arrived courtesy of an injury to Peter Thorne, and it sparked a much-improved display from Norwich as they fought to get back on level terms.
Carl Robinson, Dickson Etuhu and Dean Ashton all came close, but Turnbull was inspired as he blocked anything that was fired towards him.
The Alex were still continuing to pose the odd threat on the counter too, and Michael Higdon brought the very best out of Green from another testing Jones cross.
Chances continued to present themselves to Norwich after the break, and Anthony Tonkin helped his goalkeeper with two telling blocks.
The clock began to tick towards the 70-minute mark and Worthington must have felt it may not be his day as Etuhu missed another great chance from just six yards out.
However, McVeigh had other ideas and when Huckerby provided a trademark cross from the left, the Scot was on hand to finally break the Crewe resistance.
The hosts immediately responded and Higdon again tested the international credentials of goalkeeper Green, but a second goal was just not going to come for the Championship strugglers.
Norwich looked the more likely to secure all three points as the clock ticked down, and so it was to prove as McVeigh met a telling cross from Ashton to silence the home crowd.
Sky Bet Championship
Sat 10th Dec
Crewe1 - 2Norwich
Hull City1 - 0Sheff Wed
Reading5 - 1Brighton
Derby1 - 1Preston
Ipswich2 - 2QPR
Coventry1 - 0Millwall
Watford1 - 1Plymouth
C Palace1 - 1Wolves
Leeds0 - 1Cardiff
Sheff Utd3 - 0Burnley
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