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Headed chance falls to Leroy Fer. David Marshall makes a block.
The referee blows for the end of the match.
Craig Bellamy manages to make a clearance.
Steven Caulker makes a clearance.
Sebastien Bassong takes a shot. Steven Caulker gets a block in.
Aron Gunnarsson makes a clearance.
Headed chance falls to Leroy Fer. Parried by David Marshall back into danger.
Nathan Redmond sends in a cross.
Ben Turner manages to make a clearance.
Kevin Theophile-Catherine takes a shot. John Ruddy safely holds on.
Craig Bellamy crosses the ball.
Martin Olsson takes a shot. Jordon Mutch gets a block in.
Robert Snodgrass crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Robert Snodgrass fouled by Ben Turner, the ref awards a free kick.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel is brought on as a substitute for Jonathan Howson.
Russell Martin crosses the ball.
Clearance by Steven Caulker.
Free kick taken by John Ruddy.
David Marshall takes the free kick.
Leroy Fer challenges Jordon Mutch unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass.
Craig Bellamy sends in a cross.
Clearance by Ben Turner.
Header at goal by Sebastien Bassong misses to the right.
Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the left by-line.
Nathan Redmond takes a shot. A parry by David Marshall prevents the goal.
Sebastien Bassong sends in a cross.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Robert Snodgrass.
Craig Bellamy joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gary Medel.
Gary Hooper goes off and Johan Elmander comes on.
Anthony Pilkington goes off and Nathan Redmond comes on.
Robert Snodgrass restarts play with the free kick.
Robert Snodgrass fouled by Jordon Mutch, the ref awards a free kick.
Martin Olsson crosses the ball.
Peter Whittingham manages to make a clearance.
Shot by Anthony Pilkington missed to the left of goal.
The ball is sent over by Gary Hooper.
Peter Whittingham has an effort direct from the free kick. Blocked by Michael Turner.
Foul by Alexander Tettey on Jordon Mutch, free kick awarded.
Jordon Mutch concedes a free kick for a foul on Leroy Fer.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Snodgrass by Peter Whittingham.
Clearance made by Michael Turner.
Fraizer Campbell fouled by Alexander Tettey, the ref awards a free kick.
Header at goal by Gary Hooper goes right of the post.
Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the .
Clearance made by Alexander Tettey.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aron Gunnarsson by Gary Hooper.
Ben Turner restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Gary Hooper.
Fraizer Campbell concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Turner.
The second half kicks off.
Aron Gunnarsson replaces Bo-Kyung Kim.
The ref blows to end the first period.
Clearance made by Ben Turner.
Gary Hooper has an effort at goal. Parried by David Marshall back into danger.
Robert Snodgrass sends in a cross.
Header at goal by Russell Martin misses to the right.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Robert Snodgrass.
Anthony Pilkington takes a shot. David Marshall makes a block.
Leroy Fer takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Jordon Mutch.
Robert Snodgrass produces a cross.
Bo-Kyung Kim has an effort at goal. A parry by John Ruddy prevents the goal.
Shot by Gary Hooper. David Marshall parries the effort to safety.
Centre by Fraizer Campbell.
Clearance by Martin Olsson.
Centre by Martin Olsson.
Kevin Theophile-Catherine manages to make a clearance.
Peter Odemwingie challenges Alexander Tettey unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Anthony Pilkington takes a shot and cleared the bar.
Unfair challenge on Andrew Taylor by Anthony Pilkington results in a free kick.
Steven Caulker manages to make a clearance.
Shot by Gary Hooper. Blocked by Steven Caulker.
Jordon Mutch takes a shot. A parry by John Ruddy prevents the goal.
Free kick taken by David Marshall.
Martin Olsson fouled by Peter Odemwingie, the ref awards a free kick.
Unfair challenge on Leroy Fer by Peter Odemwingie results in a free kick.
Clearance by Jordon Mutch.
Alexander Tettey takes the free kick.
Leroy Fer fouled by Gary Medel, the ref awards a free kick.
Jordon Mutch makes a clearance.
Sebastien Bassong restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Peter Whittingham.
Free kick crossed by Peter Whittingham.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Leroy Fer on Bo-Kyung Kim.
Unfair challenge on Peter Whittingham by Jonathan Howson results in a free kick.
Gary Hooper has an effort at goal. Blocked by Steven Caulker.
A cross is delivered by Robert Snodgrass.
Corner taken by Robert Snodgrass from the right by-line.
Martin Olsson delivers the ball.
Fraizer Campbell is ruled offside.
Clearance made by Sebastien Bassong.
Martin Olsson takes a fantastic shot and cleared the crossbar.
Robert Snodgrass decides to take the corner short.
Clearance by Sebastien Bassong.
The game kicks-off.
Hughton sees reason for optimism
Manager Chris Hughton maintains Norwich are better off than where they were last season despite losing five of their opening eight Barclays Premier League games as the Canaries look to drag themselves out of the bottom three with victory over Cardiff at Carrow Road.
Norwich were beaten 4-1 at Arsenal last time out, but the final scoreline does not tell the whole story of the match, during which Hughton's side were only overrun by the league leaders after he made a positive change in formation when they had fought back to 2-1 with 20 minutes left through Jonny Howson.
Before the international break, a late two-goal burst from Chelsea saw the Canaries lose 3-1 at home in a game where Blues manager Jose Mourinho admitted he could "smell danger" as Norwich pressed on for a winner having drawn level in the second half.
Hughton now hopes his side, which could see club-record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel return from a foot injury, can translate those positive spells into points on the board.
"One of the plusses is that we are in good form at the moment. We have been beaten in the last two games by top teams who will both be pushing for the league title, but we have played well in spells," said Hughton, who took his side on a fine 10-match unbeaten league run midway through the campaign to eventually finish 11th after another dip in form.
"We felt we should have got something more from particularly the Chelsea match, so if you keep that belief and keep playing in that vein results will turn.
"If I look at our position this time last season, we are a point better off. We then went on a good run that carried us up the table and that is the game.
"When you are playing with confidence you have to try and get results.
"You see Fulham winning a couple of days ago and it lifts them a few places up the table."
Cardiff are managed by former Norwich defender Malky Mackay, who has overseen wins against Manchester City and Fulham, but his side sit just one place and a point above the Canaries.
Hughton added at a press conference: "We have got a really good group. We haven't felt the need to change anything in respect of what we are doing in training.
"They have an excellent work ethic and they are focused on turning things around. We are confident about what we do and we will go into Saturday's game looking to win."
Sweden forward Johan Elmander is expected to return to the Canaries squad after suffering a hamstring injury while on international duty.
Craig Bellamy will return for Cardiff to face his former club.
The Wales striker was rested for last weekend's defeat at Chelsea after playing 90 minutes against Macedonia and Belgium for his country.
Cardiff boss Mackay has suggested Jose Mourinho's assertion that his side are time-wasters is hypocritical.
The Chelsea manager lambasted the Bluebirds for what he saw as negative tactics during last weekend's 4-1 win over the Welsh club.
Mourinho was sent to the stands by the officials after venting his fury, and subsequently received an B#8,000 fine from the Football Association for "improper conduct".
Mackay, who is preparing his side for Saturday's meeting with Norwich at Carrow Road, insists he has not been concerned by Mourinho's comments about Cardiff.
But the Scot was also quick to point out the Portuguese has previously been accused of time-wasting himself, including during the 2003 UEFA Cup final between Porto and Celtic.
"It doesn't really bother me in the slightest," said Mackay. "I am pretty sure it was borne out of the frustration at being sent off.
"I think when you look at four minutes stoppage time being held up, nowadays that is a pretty normal standard amount of time in the second half.
"You speak to the fourth officials and they tell you that it's 30 seconds for a sub, 30 seconds for a goal.
"There were three goals in the second half, and five subs.
"Everyone is the same in terms of that. When you are frustrated it is something else you might blame.
"I remember watching Porto play Celtic in the UEFA Cup final a long time ago, that allegation was labelled at him by Martin O'Neill at the end of the game. It is just something that is borne out of frustration at being sent off."
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