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Carrow Road (ATT 25,204) 28th December 2005 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: C Penton

Norwich Norwich City vs Burnley Burnley


Charlton upsets Clarets

By Chris Stanton.   Last Updated: 28/12/05 3:45pm

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Goals from Simon Charlton and Darren Huckerby ensured Norwich continued their renaissance with a 2-1 win over high-flying Burnley at Carrow Road.

City started well and only a block from Michael Duff prevented Paul McVeigh's sweetly struck cross causing havoc in the visitors' defence.

McVeigh then took matters into his own hands but fired wide before Simon Charlton chanced his arm from 30 yards.

The lead, that Norwich's superior start merited, did arrive just after the quarter hour mark and it was from the unlikely source of Charlton.

Youssef Safri's quick free kick caught The Clarets napping and, after taking a touch, Charlton beat goalkeeper Brian Jensen via a deflection.

Amid a gathering snowstorm, The Canaries doubled the lead five minutes before half time through Darren Huckerby. Having been played in by Dean Ashton, Huckerby curled the ball into the top corner of the net to leave Jensen helpless.

Chances came and went in the second half before The Clarets got a foothold in proceedings when Jon Harley's shot ballooned off Safri and into the back of the net.

The home side always looked the more likely scorers and substitute Leon McKenzie could have put some gloss on the scoreline but missed from six yards.

Canaries manager Nigel Worthington will be left to count the cost of this victory, however, after he lost both Ashton and McKenzie to injury in the second half.

Click below for an individual match summary:
Norwich City 2-1 Burnley



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2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23