Canaries cut Whites' lead

09 January 2010 04:56
Leeds United's lead at the top of League One has been cut to six points after they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Wycombe Wanderers, while Norwich City saw off Exeter City 3-1. The Whites took just four minutes to break the deadlock at Elland Road, with midfielder Jonny Howson lining up a shot from just outside the area which beat the despairing dive of visiting keeper Scott Shearer. Just past the half-hour mark Shearer denied Jermaine Beckford with a superb save and his efforts paid dividends 18 minutes into the second half as John-Paul Pittman fired in an equaliser. He fought off the attentions of Richard Naylor to drill a low shot past Casper Ankergren in the home goal. Grant Holt headed the Canaries ahead with eight minutes played at Carrow Road, cashing in on some fine approach play by winger Wes Hoolahan to record his 21st goal of a prolific season. Michael Nelson sent a close-range header over the top as half-time beckoned, before Chris Martin doubled the advantage 13 minutes from time. Simon Lappin's cross was laid back to Martin by Holt and his deflected shot left keeper Paul Jones with no chance. Marcus Stewart gave the Grecians hope with a reply four minutes later, only for Holt to cash in on some fine approach work by Hoolahan to make the final score 3-1 within 60 seconds.

Source: ESA