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  • Date:15 Oct 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Carrow Road
  • Attendance:26,567
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  • Graham (11)
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94:03 +4.03

Header by Leroy Lita from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

93:24 +3.24

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc Tierney on Danny Graham. Direct free kick taken by Joe Allen.

93:02 +3.02

Grant Holt concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Williams. Leon Britton takes the direct free kick.

88:34

A cross is delivered by Danny Graham, Header by Leroy Lita from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

86:45

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by David Fox.

78:13

Shot from just outside the box by Elliott Bennett goes over the crossbar. Andrew Crofts comes on in place of Wesley Hoolahan.

77:11

The ball is delivered by Marc Tierney, clearance by Ashley Williams.

75:06

Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Leon Barnett gets a block in.

73:20

Stephen Dobbie produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target. (Swansea) makes a substitution, with Ashley Richards coming on for Neil Taylor.

71:52

Grant Holt takes a shot. Save by Michel Vorm.

69:51

Drilled left-footed shot by Bradley Johnson. Save made by Michel Vorm.

69:22

The ball is sent over by Kyle Naughton, save made by Michel Vorm.

68:22

Effort from just outside the box by Scott Sinclair goes over the bar. Leroy Lita on for Nathan Dyer.

66:18

Steve Morison leaves the field to be replaced by Grant Holt.

64:34

Ashley Williams concedes a free kick for a foul on Wesley Hoolahan. Indirect free kick taken by Bradley Johnson.

64:19

Anthony Pilkington challenges Angel Rangel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Angel Rangel takes the direct free kick.

62:40

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by David Fox. A goal is scored by Anthony Pilkington from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Norwich 3-1 Swansea.The assist for the goal came from Bradley Johnson.

59:47

Stephen Dobbie joins the action as a substitute, replacing Wayne Routledge.

58:44

Corner taken right-footed by David Fox, Danny Graham manages to make a clearance.

57:06

Scott Sinclair has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

55:55

Effort from just outside the area by Anthony Pilkington goes over the bar.

55:05

The ball is delivered by Bradley Johnson.

54:53

Elliott Bennett sends in a cross.

53:37

Nathan Dyer produces a cross, blocked by Russell Martin.

53:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Russell Martin on Nathan Dyer. Ashley Williams takes the direct free kick.

52:08

Elliott Bennett produces a cross, clearance by Garry Monk.

51:33

Bradley Johnson has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.

51:05

Angel Rangel fouled by Steve Morison, the ref awards a free kick. Angel Rangel takes the free kick.

49:51

David Fox takes the inswinging corner, Header from close in by Bradley Johnson misses to the right of the target.

46:35 +1.35

The ball is delivered by Elliott Bennett. Danny Graham takes a shot. Marc Tierney gets a block in.

45:51

The ball is crossed by Anthony Pilkington, save by Michel Vorm.

43:13

The referee blows for offside. John Ruddy takes the free kick.

38:52

Anthony Pilkington sends in a cross.

38:07

Nathan Dyer concedes a free kick for a foul on Wesley Hoolahan. John Ruddy restarts play with the free kick.

37:28

Corner taken right-footed by Joe Allen, Leon Barnett manages to make a clearance.

37:08

Steve Morison crosses the ball, Angel Rangel makes a clearance.

36:10

Wayne Routledge crosses the ball, Russell Martin gets a block in. Joe Allen takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Marc Tierney.

34:52

Wesley Hoolahan challenges Ashley Williams unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michel Vorm takes the free kick.

33:47

Shot by David Fox from outside the box goes over the net.

33:17

The ball is sent over by Elliott Bennett, blocked by Neil Taylor.

32:05

Steve Morison takes a shot. Michel Vorm makes a save.

30:41

Joe Allen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marc Tierney. Direct free kick taken by John Ruddy.

29:21

Effort from inside the area by Anthony Pilkington misses to the left of the goal.

28:22

Pass corner from left by-line crossed in by Joe Allen, Marc Tierney manages to make a clearance.

25:37

Scott Sinclair takes a shot. Leon Barnett gets a block in.

24:47

Centre by Neil Taylor. Effort on goal by Angel Rangel from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.

24:38

A cross is delivered by Neil Taylor.

22:22

Steve Morison has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

19:38

Anthony Pilkington takes a shot. Angel Rangel gets a block in.

17:17

The assistant referee signals for offside against Danny Graham. John Ruddy takes the indirect free kick.

12:53

The ball is sent over by Nathan Dyer, blocked by Leon Barnett. Joe Allen decides to take a short corner. Angel Rangel has an effort at goal. Blocked by Anthony Pilkington.

12:33

Wayne Routledge produces a cross, blocked by David Fox.

11:18

Danny Graham fires in a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Norwich 2-1 Swansea.Scott Sinclair provided the assist for the goal.

8:29

Angel Rangel gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Anthony Pilkington. A cross is delivered by David Fox, Russell Martin finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty area. Norwich 2-0 Swansea.Assist by David Fox.

6:58

Wayne Routledge takes a shot. Comfortable save by John Ruddy. Centre by Steve Morison.

4:17

Elliott Bennett produces a cross, Ashley Williams manages to make a clearance.

3:16

Garry Monk challenges Steve Morison unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee shows Garry Monk a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by David Fox.

0:56

Kyle Naughton crosses the ball. A goal is scored by Anthony Pilkington from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Norwich 1-0 Swansea.The assist for the goal came from Steve Morison.

0:39

David Fox takes a shot. Blocked by Garry Monk.

Match Preview

Lambert gives Swans due respect Norwich manager Paul Lambert believes every game in the Barclays Premier League is difficult and thinks Saturday's clash with Swansea is no different. The Canaries come into the match on the back of an impressive performance at reigning champions Manchester United, although they eventually lost 2-0 at Old Trafford. After a two-week break, Norwich face fellow promoted side Swansea at Carrow Road, and Lambert, who has no fresh injury worries, believes the Swans will provide as stern a test as any of the top flight's elite. "I think every game is hard," he said. "I don't just look at the Swansea game and think it is going to be easier than Manchester United were. "That was really, really hard and I don't think tomorrow will be any different. "Every match in the Premier League is tough and we have to earn the right to beat them and vice versa. "I don't think it will be a defining moment on what is going to happen. "I think throughout the course of the season a lot of things happen and you pick up points where people don't think you will. "Then you lose when people expect you to win so I am not one to think what could happen. "It is another game that we will try to win." Norwich carved out a series of excellent chances against United. Anthony Pilkington hit a post and rolled an effort wide when he was clean through as the visitors pushed for a goal, before Anderson and Danny Welbeck sealed an unconvincing win for the champions. Lambert was delighted with the level of his side's performance in the north west, but believes the match highlighted the importance of taking their chances. "I think we are one of a million teams going there and probably saying the same things," he said. "You just can't keep Manchester United out for 90 minutes. Somewhere along the line they are going to score. "We had to score when we had the opportunities and I was absolutely delighted with how we played. "We couldn't have done any more and when we had the chance to score, we should have taken them. But we didn't take them and, Sod's Law, then they went up the park and scored. "But the way we played, I thought we were excellent." Swansea are boosted by the return to full fitness of midfielder Leon Britton for their trip to Norwich. Britton missed the home win over Stoke with a back problem but has been passed fit for the visit to Carrow Road, although he may have to settle for a place on the bench after Joe Allen, Mark Gower and Wayne Routledge impressed against the Potters. Speaking ahead of the clash, Britton has warned his Swansea team-mates that facing Norwich will be every bit as tough as their early-season visits to Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea. Those fixtures all ended in defeats, although the Swans were unfortunate not to pick up a point against the Gunners, and there is an expectation that the clash with Lambert's side will represent their first genuine chance of breaking their duck away from the Liberty Stadium. But Britton believes that is a dangerous attitude to take. The 29-year-old said: "Carrow Road is a tough place to go, it has a great atmosphere and they have fantastic support. "It's always sold out there and the fans make a fantastic noise. "It's a difficult place to play football although so are Stamford Bridge, the Emirates and the Etihad Stadium. "They are all tough to play at so this will be no different to playing at those grounds." While Swansea's maiden Premier League campaign has caught the imagination of many in south Wales, much of the Principality is currently holding its breath in anticipation of Wales' Rugby World Cup semi-final against France in Auckland. And while Britton may be a born-and-bred Londoner, he says knowing several of the Ospreys players in Warren Gatland's squad means he will be backing the men in red. "I have been in Wales a long time and you see how much rugby means to the nation," he said. "It's great for Wales and Swansea in general. I room with Joe Allen on away trips and I am sure we will be up watching it and cheering them on. "A lot of the boys play for the Ospreys and they were cheering us on last season when we were doing well and hopefully they will get to the final. "I bumped into Alun Wyn Jones at the end of last season and he had a picture on his phone of their lads in a hospitality box cheering us on, so we are backing them and hopefully they can do it." end

Formation:4411Manager: Paul Lambert

Norwich

Formation: 451Manager: Brendan Rodgers

Swansea

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

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Match Report

Pilkington salvo sinks Swans Anthony Pilkington scored twice as Norwich continued their impressive start to the season by beating fellow top-flight newcomers Swansea 3-1 at Carrow Road. Pilkington, a #2million summer signing from Huddersfield, opened the scoring after just 50 seconds before Russell Martin doubled the Canaries' lead soon after with a 12-yard header. Danny Graham drilled home to pull one back for Swansea, but the Welshmen never looked like equalising and Pilkington sealed the win for the home side just after the hour when he swivelled neatly in the box before firing home from close range. Paul Lambert's side were installed as favourites for the drop after their promotion, but they now sit ninth in the league after picking up 11 points from their opening eight games. Swansea displayed little of the fight that saw them beat Stoke two weeks ago and are still in search of their first top-flight win in 19 years. It was clear from the first 10 minutes who was going to win the contest of the two recently-promoted teams. Just four hours after Wales exited the rugby World Cup, Swansea were looking to restore a bit of happiness to their nation, but they made the worst possible start and went behind after just 50 seconds. Canaries striker Steve Morison knocked down Elliott Bennett's cross at the back post to find Pilkington, who fired past Michel Vorm from close range with a crisp half-volley. Morison's hulking figure and sheer pace caused Swansea problems all afternoon and Garry Monk was perhaps fortunate to receive just a booking when he pulled back the Wales striker as he broke through the away defence. Swansea could not get into the game and they found themselves 2-0 down in the ninth minute when Martin headed home unmarked from 12 yards after getting on the end of David Fox's pinpoint cross. The two-goal cushion lasted less than two minutes, however, as Swansea raced up the other end to pull one back with their first real chance of the game. Scott Sinclair skillfully skipped between Bennett and Fox and, despite falling to the ground, stuck a leg out to hook the ball across the box to Graham, who powered home from six yards for his second in two games. Swansea started to play more confidently and Angel Rangel came close to equalising with a powerful 30-yard shot that flew just over. Morison then battled his way past three Swansea defenders before laying the ball off to Pilkington, but he hammered in to the side netting from an acute angle. Vorm then athletically tipped wide a Morison shot as the big striker kept bullying the away defence. Swansea ended the first half the stronger side and they thought they should have had a penalty when Nathan Dyer went down after what looked to be a legitimate challenge from Bradley Johnson, but the referee waved played on. Bennett beat his marker down the right in first-half injury time and floated over a speculative cross that landed on top of the crossbar and bounced out for a goal-kick. The start of the second half was nowhere near as entertaining as the opening period of the first, with both sides playing scrappily in midfield and wasting chances up front. Pilkington went for glory 35 yards out after some good work by Kyle Naughton and Wes Hoolahan but ploughed his shot in to the stand. Manager Brendan Rodgers, unhappy with Swansea's start to the second half, brought on Stephen Dobbie for Wayne Routledge. His hopes of a revival were quickly dashed, though, as slack marking allowed Norwich to score their third. The ball fell to Johnson in the box after Swansea failed to clear a Canaries corner and he laid a calm pass in to the path of Pilkington, who cleverly swivelled and poked home from eight yards. Morison's afternoon came to a premature end 25 minutes from time when he came off with what looked like an injury and was replaced by Grant Holt. Rodgers brought on Leroy Lita for Dyer soon after and Vorm then saved well to deny Johnson from 25 yards. Vorm had to be at his best moments later to keep out Holt's powerful 25-yard piledriver. Dobbie wasted a chance to put Swansea back in the game when he miscued his shot after Graham had beaten two Norwich defenders to sneak into the box. Lita had an opportunity to pull one back for the visitors in the last minute but his poor header flew at least five yards wide and Swansea went home to a despondent Wales with nothing.

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