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  • Date:26 Sep 2011
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Carrow Road
  • Attendance:26,107
  • Barnett (30) Morison (47)
  • Richardson (85)

Live Commentary

94:44 +4.44

Andrew Crofts decides to take a short corner.

93:51 +3.51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Grant Holt on Wes Brown. Simon Mignolet takes the direct free kick.

93:34 +3.34

The referee books Kyle Naughton for time wasting.

91:50 +1.50

John Ruddy booked. Ahmed Elmohamady takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Marc Tierney.


Marc Tierney fouled by John O'Shea, the ref awards a free kick. John Ruddy takes the free kick. John O'Shea goes into the referee's book.


Kieran Richardson scores a goal from long range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Norwich 2-1 Sunderland.The assist for the goal came from Dong-Won Ji.


Shot from outside the area by James Vaughan misses to the left of the target.


Elliott Bennett leaves the field to be replaced by Andrew Crofts. Foul by Grant Holt on Titus Bramble, free kick awarded. Simon Mignolet takes the free kick.


Grant Holt concedes a free kick for a foul on Connor Wickham. David Vaughan takes the direct free kick.


Foul by Dong-Won Ji on James Vaughan, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by David Fox, Wes Brown makes a clearance.


James Vaughan replaces Anthony Pilkington. Grant Holt on for Steve Morison.


David Vaughan takes a shot. John Ruddy makes a save.


Wesley Hoolahan fouled by Wes Brown, the ref awards a free kick. Kyle Naughton takes the direct free kick.


Connor Wickham takes a shot. John Ruddy makes a save.


Outswinging corner taken by Ahmed Elmohamady from the right by-line, clearance made by Marc Tierney.


Connor Wickham on for Stephane Sessegnon. Dong-Won Ji joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sebastian Larsson.


Foul by Stephane Sessegnon on Leon Barnett, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by John Ruddy.


Effort on goal by Stephane Sessegnon from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.


Elliott Bennett takes a shot. Simon Mignolet makes a save.


Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line.


Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. John Ruddy makes a save.


Kyle Naughton takes a shot. Craig Gardner gets a block in.


Inswinging corner taken by David Fox.


Elliott Bennett produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.


Stephane Sessegnon has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.


Steve Morison grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Norwich 2-0 Sunderland.Marc Tierney provided the assist for the goal.

45:36 +0.36

Effort from the edge of the area by Nicklas Bendtner goes wide of the right-hand post.


Corner taken by David Fox.


Wesley Hoolahan takes a shot. Titus Bramble gets a block in.


Foul by Wes Brown on Wesley Hoolahan, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by David Fox, Wes Brown makes a clearance.


The referee blows for offside against Ahmed Elmohamady. Indirect free kick taken by John Ruddy.


Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line, Marc Tierney manages to make a clearance.


Stephane Sessegnon takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.


Leon Barnett finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Norwich 1-0 Sunderland.Elliott Bennett provided the assist for the goal.


Kyle Naughton takes a shot. Craig Gardner gets a block in.


Inswinging corner taken by David Fox from the left by-line played to the near post, Craig Gardner makes a clearance.


Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Save made by John Ruddy.


Stephane Sessegnon has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.


Effort from just outside the area by Craig Gardner goes over the bar.


Marc Tierney fouled by Stephane Sessegnon, the ref awards a free kick. Russell Martin takes the direct free kick.


Sebastian Larsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kyle Naughton. John Ruddy takes the free kick.


David Vaughan takes a shot. Leon Barnett gets a block in.


Corner taken by David Fox from the right by-line, Nicklas Bendtner manages to make a clearance.


Outswinging corner taken by David Fox from the right by-line, clearance by Nicklas Bendtner.


Corner taken by David Fox, Steve Morison takes a shot. Titus Bramble gets a block in.


Wesley Hoolahan produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.


Steve Morison is adjudged to have handled the ball. Wes Brown restarts play with the free kick.


Steve Morison takes a shot. Save by Simon Mignolet.

Match Preview

Lambert staying grounded Norwich manager Paul Lambert will not allow his players to believe winning in the Barclays Premier League is easy as they prepare to take on Sunderland. The Canaries recorded a first top-flight victory at Bolton last weekend which saw them bounce back from a disappointing home loss to West Brom. However, despite the jubilation which greeted a first away Premier League win over a spell of 17 years for the Norfolk club, Lambert - who has overseen successive promotions from npower League One - is determined to keep things in perspective. "You can't forget where you were. If you do that then I think you are making a grave error, like thinking you have arrived and that it will be easy," Lambert said. "It is nothing like that at all. In my own mind I know what has been achieved here." The Norwich manager added: "I will never forget that two years ago we were in League One, and we were there for a reason - it is not a place you want to go back to. "The football club, on and off the pitch, has moved on dramatically, which is great. "The crowd has always been there, 25,000 every week, so that won't change, but the difference for them is that they're probably more vibrant for it, seeing a team that has been winning for the past two years, and they are in a great league." Norwich had produced some positive displays on their return to the Premier League following six seasons in the wilderness, if without the reward of a maximum-points haul. And Lambert accepts there has been something of a sense of relief around the squad since the Bolton game. However, the Norwich manager is under "no illusions" of the challenge which awaits his team at Carrow Road on Monday night against Steve Bruce's established Premier League outfit. "I am pretty sure last week will have heightened that belief, because it takes away everybody saying `Norwich haven't won`," Lambert told a news conference. "The level of performances have been really high, and we have had games where we might have got more points than we have done. "Now we have to try to keep the same level of performance that we have been showing of late. "However, looking at the players Sunderland have brought in during the summer, and the players that were already there, I am under no illusions how hard this is going to be. "They are established, more so than us, however, we are at home and the onus is on us to try and make the running." Lambert has no fresh injury worries, and could freshen his team up after making half a dozen changes at Bolton, with captain Grant Holt pressing for a recall. Sunderland boss Bruce will return to Norwich knowing the lesson he learnt there 27 years ago remains just as relevant today. Bruce endured a disastrous debut for the Canaries when he scored a first-minute own goal against Liverpool on the opening day of the 1984-85 season after his move from Gillingham, but went on to pick up a winners' medal in the League Cup final that season. The central defender spent three and a half years at Carrow Road before his form alerted Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson to his prowess, and the rest is history. That revival of fortunes was not lost on Bruce as he contemplated his return having guided Sunderland to a 4-0 victory over Stoke last Sunday amid speculation that his time at the Stadium of Light could be drawing to a close. He said: "In my first game for Norwich, I scored an own goal after 30 seconds - it was against Liverpool at home - and I think I scored a second own goal as well about 22 minutes later. "I think they were calling for my head that day as well - 'Who's this clown we have bought here from Gillingham? Get him back to Gillingham'. "Six months later, we were winning the cup against Sunderland, ironically, at Wembley. "I had gone from the third division to playing in the first division, as it was then, so for that, I will always be grateful to Norwich. "I had a wonderful three and a half years. I enjoyed every minute of it. We won a cup, we got relegated, we got promoted, finished fifth in the old first division, so it was a good time. "My two kids were born there. I had a really good time, I enjoyed it immensely." Bruce has no new problems ahead of the trip, with full-back Phil Bardsley set to serve the second game of a four-match suspension.

Formation:4411Manager: Paul Lambert


Formation: 442Manager: Steve Bruce


  • John Ruddy
  • Kyle Naughton
  • Russell Martin
  • Leon Barnett
  • Marc Tierney
  • Elliott Bennett
  • Bradley Johnson
  • David Fox
  • Anthony Pilkington
  • Wesley Hoolahan
  • Steve Morison
  • SUBS
  • Declan Rudd
  • Andrew Crofts
  • James Vaughan
  • Grant Holt
  • Andrew Surman
  • Chris Martin
  • Ritchie De Laet



Match Report

Canaries capitalise against slack Sunderland Norwich recorded their first home Barclays Premier League victory as Sunderland were made to pay for some slack defending in a 2-1 defeat at Carrow Road. Centre-back Leon Barnett put the Canaries, who had won at Bolton last week, in front in the 31st minute after winger Elliott Bennett skipped into the right side of the penalty area. Wales forward Steve Morison powered in a bullet header at the start of the second half after the Black Cats were again caught napping at the back, before substitute Kieran Richardson set up a tense finale when he drilled in a late consolation. Both teams were unchanged from last weekend, when Sunderland had thumped Stoke 4-0 at the Stadium of Light. After a bright start from the visitors, Morison created space for a shot at the edge of the Sunderland area, but his low strike was well held by Simon Mignolet. Titus Bramble missed a high ball through the middle, which suddenly released Wes Hoolahan 20 yards out, but he lobbed the ball over the advancing Mignolet and high into the stands. Norwich continued to look lively through Anthony Pilkington down the right. Despite their dominance, the Canaries were unable to further test Mignolet and slowly Sunderland grew into the match. The visitors moved the ball quickly from the right back into the centre in the 21st minute, but Craig Gardner crashed his 20-yard shot over. Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner, on loan from Arsenal, pulled the ball down with a neat touch before firing goalwards, with Canaries goalkeeper John Ruddy getting down quickly to make the save. Pilkington, who scored at Bolton last weekend, continued to look Norwich's main threat as he darted into the right side of the area before his cross was blocked. The Canaries, though, were ahead in the 31st minute. David Fox fed Bennett into the right side of the Sunderland area with a neat one-two. The former Brighton winger dashed to the goal-line before cutting the ball back through the six-yard box to Barnett who tapped in from close range. Sunderland looked for an immediate response, but Stephane Sessegnon ballooned his 20-yard effort wide. Norwich came out of the blocks quickly at the start of the second half - and were rewarded when Morison doubled the host's lead in the 48th minute. Pilkington got away down the left, and his run into the box saw overlapping full-back Marc Tierney clip the ball across goal where Wales striker Morison got above Wes Brown to power a header into the roof of the net from six yards. The Canaries had their tails up now - with Bennett drilling wide after more positive build-up by the hosts. There was then a massive let-off for the hosts when Bradley Johnson's miskick in the six-yard box gifted the ball to Bendtner at the near post - but the on-loan Arsenal man saw his flick touched across the face of goal by Ruddy. From the resulting corner, Norwich broke quickly through Russell Martin, who fed Bennett on the left. The winger cut inside to drill an angled shot at Mignolet, which the Belgian goalkeeper palmed out and Martin's follow-up was deflected wide. With 23 minutes left, Sunderland sent on Connor Wickham for Sessegnon, the former Ipswich striker receiving a less than warm welcome from the Norwich faithful. The #8million signing had a chance to make an instant impact and silence the Barclay End - but headed straight at Ruddy from a corner. Norwich made a double change in the 78th minute when James Vaughan replaced the hard-working Pilkington and captain Grant Holt came on for Morison. Vaughan, a summer signing from Everton, dragged his 20-yard shot wide after another quick break by the home side. Sunderland, though, set up a grandstand finale when Richardson drilled a low, angled shot into the bottom right corner. Vaughan, who missed the start of the season with a knee injury, looked to be struggling and had to be helped off as Norwich had to see out five minutes of stoppage time with 10 men.

Form Guide

  • Norwich
  • VS
  • Sunderland
  • DLDL

Last Meetings

  • Sunderland
  • 1 - 2
  • Norwich
  • 15/12/1990
  • Norwich
  • 3 - 2
  • Sunderland
  • 25/08/1990
  • Norwich
  • 1 - 3
  • Sunderland
  • 16/03/1985
  • Sunderland
  • 2 - 1
  • Norwich
  • 13/10/1984
  • Norwich
  • 3 - 0
  • Sunderland
  • 14/01/1984
  • Sunderland
  • 1 - 1
  • Norwich
  • 27/08/1983

Top Scorers


  • G Holt 1
  • W Hoolahan 1
  • R De Laet 1


  • S Larsson 1
  • D Ji 1



    • Total goals 9
    • Goals per game 3
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins


    • Total goals 8
    • Goals per game 2
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 81-90 mins