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Carrow Road (ATT 24,262) 15th November 2008 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: G Hegley

Norwich Norwich City vs Swansea City Swansea

Swans sweep past Canaries

Martinez's men come out on top in five-goal thriller

Last Updated: 15/11/08 6:46pm

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Martinez: Winning feeling

Martinez: Winning feeling

Swansea came out on top in a five-goal thriller with Norwich to grab the points at Carrow Road.

On-loan Fiorentina striker Arturo Lupoli put the Canaries ahead in the 28th minute with a well-struck shot.

Swansea drew level through Jason Scotland, who struck in the 43rd minute, and two quick-fire goals after the restart from Darren Pratley and Ferrie Bodde put them 3-1 ahead.

Angel Rangel put through his own net to give Norwich a lifeline in the 61st minute but Roberto Martinez's side held on for victory.

The visitors began the brighter as Scotland thrashed a shot narrowly wide from 25 yards in the first minute.

Two minutes later, Norwich signalled their attacking threat when Lupoli headed wide from 12 yards.

Opportunity

Leroy Lita - on loan at Norwich from Reading - then sent a weak header over the bar from a good position.

Both Lupoli and Lita spurned further decent opportunities to edge Norwich ahead but Swansea remained a threat and Bodde's shooting from distance posed a threat.

Yet with 28 minutes played they were ahead as Mark Fotheringham found Lupoli and the Italian showed a touch of class to sweep the ball home right-footed from 12 yards.

Swansea sought to find a response and Jordi Gomez's 25-yard strike was tipped over by Canaries goalkeeper David Marshall.

However, they were level in the 43rd minute when Rangel found Scotland and he rifled the ball home from 12 yards.

Norwich came close to regaining the lead in the 45th minute when Matthew Pattison hit a post with a 20-yard shot.

Yet it was Swansea who came out after the break to hit the hosts with a devastating double blow which put them 3-1 ahead and effectively secured the points.

Fine block

In the 47th minute, Gomez swung in a corner from the right flank and Pratley rose highest to plant a firm header into the net.

Gomez was the provider again a minute later when he found Bodde in space and the midfielder fired home right-footed from six yards.

And Gomez almost found the net himself in the 51st minute when he collected the ball and drilled a shot wide of the post.

But Norwich got right back into the game in the 61st minute when he fired right-footed into his own net from 12 yards.

Canaries midfielder Wes Hoolahan then tested Dimitrios Konstantopoulos with a fine shot from 18 yards but Mark Gower almost added a fourth for Swansea in the 78th minute.

He hit a fierce shot from 20 yards which required a fine block from former Liverpool defender Jon Otsemobor.

Norwich pressed hard for an equaliser in the closing stages but Swansea held on doggedly to enhance their promotion credentials and leave the Canaries too close to the relegation zone for comfort.

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