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  • Date:27 Dec 2011
  • Kick-off:19:30
  • Venue:Carrow Road
  • Attendance:26,807
  • Bale (54) Bale (66)
Goal!

Live Commentary

95mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Steve Morison. Free kick taken by Brad Friedel.

94mins

Jake Livermore on for Scott Parker.

94mins

Corner taken short by Wesley Hoolahan.

93mins

Corner from the left by-line taken by Anthony Pilkington, Russell Martin takes a shot. Luka Modric gets a block in.

92mins

Centre by Anthony Pilkington, William Gallas makes a clearance.

91mins

The ball is swung over by Danny Rose, Zak Whitbread makes a clearance.

91mins

Leon Barnett produces a cross, Brad Friedel makes a comfortable save.

90mins

The ball is crossed by Gareth Bale.

90mins

Emmanuel Adebayor produces a cross, clearance made by Leon Barnett.

87mins

The ball is swung over by Anthony Pilkington, Steve Morison has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

87mins

A cross is delivered by Anthony Pilkington, William Gallas manages to make a clearance.

85mins

Niko Kranjcar joins the action as a substitute, replacing Rafael Van der Vaart.

85mins

Shot from just outside the box by David Fox goes over the bar.

85mins

Elliott Bennett delivers the ball, Younes Kaboul manages to make a clearance.

84mins

Wesley Hoolahan fouled by Scott Parker, the ref awards a free kick. Wesley Hoolahan restarts play with the free kick.

84mins

The ball is crossed by Anthony Pilkington, Brad Friedel makes a comfortable save.

83mins

Shot by Luka Modric. Save made by John Ruddy.

80mins

Foul by Danny Rose on Elliott Bennett, free kick awarded. John Ruddy takes the free kick.

79mins

Emmanuel Adebayor produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

78mins

A cross is delivered by Elliott Bennett.

78mins

Corner taken by Wesley Hoolahan from the left by-line, Scott Parker manages to make a clearance.

78mins

A cross is delivered by Wesley Hoolahan, clearance made by Younes Kaboul.

76mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Grant Holt. William Gallas takes the free kick.

75mins

Andrew Crofts goes off and Anthony Pilkington comes on.

75mins

Elliott Bennett joins the action as a substitute, replacing Adam Drury.

74mins

The ball is delivered by Danny Rose, Leon Barnett makes a clearance.

73mins

Gareth Bale crosses the ball, clearance by Zak Whitbread.

72mins

Direct free kick taken by Rafael Van der Vaart.

71mins

David Fox concedes a free kick for a foul on Raniere Sandro. Danny Rose joins the action as a substitute, replacing Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

70mins

Shot by Luka Modric from 20 yards. Comfortable save by John Ruddy.

69mins

Unfair challenge on Kyle Walker by Zak Whitbread results in a free kick. Booking for Zak Whitbread. Direct free kick taken by Scott Parker.

69mins

Drilled right-footed shot by Leon Barnett. Save by Brad Friedel.

68mins

Raniere Sandro gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wesley Hoolahan. David Fox restarts play with the free kick.

67mins

Gareth Bale fires in a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Norwich 0-2 Tottenham.Assist on the goal came from Luka Modric.

66mins

Emmanuel Adebayor is flagged offside by the assistant referee. John Ruddy takes the indirect free kick.

64mins

Leon Barnett joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ritchie De Laet.

62mins

Shot on goal by Kyle Walker from just inside the area goes over the target.

62mins

The ball is sent over by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

59mins

Adam Drury produces a cross, Scott Parker makes a clearance.

58mins

A cross is delivered by Luka Modric, clearance made by Adam Drury.

57mins

The ball is delivered by Rafael Van der Vaart, Zak Whitbread manages to make a clearance.

57mins

Corner taken short by Rafael Van der Vaart.

57mins

Centre by Kyle Walker, Adam Drury makes a clearance.

55mins

Gareth Bale grabs a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Norwich 0-1 Tottenham.Assist on the goal came from Emmanuel Adebayor.

55mins

William Gallas crosses the ball, clearance by Grant Holt.

55mins

Centre by Rafael Van der Vaart, Grant Holt manages to make a clearance.

54mins

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Rafael Van der Vaart, Zak Whitbread makes a clearance.

54mins

A cross is delivered by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Ritchie De Laet manages to make a clearance.

52mins

William Gallas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Surman. William Gallas is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Strike comes in from Andrew Surman from the free kick.

51mins

Scott Parker takes a shot. David Fox gets a block in.

50mins

Luka Modric has a drilled shot. Blocked by Russell Martin.

49mins

Gareth Bale produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.

49mins

The ball is crossed by Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Andrew Crofts makes a clearance.

47mins

Emmanuel Adebayor produces a drilled right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post.

46mins

Benoit Assou-Ekotto concedes a free kick for a foul on Wesley Hoolahan. David Fox takes the direct free kick.

46mins

Benoit Assou-Ekotto delivers the ball.

46mins

Emmanuel Adebayor sends in a cross.

46mins

Kyle Walker delivers the ball, clearance by Russell Martin.

44mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Wesley Hoolahan on Scott Parker. Free kick crossed by Rafael Van der Vaart.

42mins

Corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart, save by John Ruddy.

42mins

The ball is sent over by Kyle Walker, Adam Drury gets a block in.

42mins

Kyle Walker crosses the ball, Ritchie De Laet manages to make a clearance.

41mins

Kyle Walker crosses the ball, clearance made by Ritchie De Laet.

41mins

The ball is swung over by Gareth Bale, clearance by Zak Whitbread.

38mins

Effort from long distance by Rafael Van der Vaart goes wide right of the goal.

36mins

Steve Morison produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

35mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Gareth Bale. John Ruddy restarts play with the free kick.

35mins

Luka Modric sends in a cross, Wesley Hoolahan manages to make a clearance.

35mins

Short corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the left by-line.

35mins

Shot by Gareth Bale from 12 yards. Fantastic save by John Ruddy.

31mins

Shot from deep inside the area by Gareth Bale goes over the bar.

28mins

Inswinging corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart, save by John Ruddy.

27mins

Gareth Bale takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Wesley Hoolahan gets a block in.

27mins

The ball is swung over by Ritchie De Laet, save made by Brad Friedel.

26mins

The ball is delivered by Steve Morison, clearance made by Younes Kaboul.

26mins

The ball is crossed by Grant Holt.

26mins

Wesley Hoolahan sends in a cross.

25mins

The ball is crossed by Andrew Crofts, Younes Kaboul manages to make a clearance.

25mins

Adam Drury produces a cross.

24mins

Shot from just outside the area by Younes Kaboul misses to the left of the target.

23mins

Ritchie De Laet concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Bale. Rafael Van der Vaart takes the direct free kick.

23mins

The ball is swung over by Kyle Walker, clearance by Russell Martin.

21mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Emmanuel Adebayor. John Ruddy takes the indirect free kick.

20mins

Grant Holt challenges Younes Kaboul unfairly and gives away a free kick. Brad Friedel takes the free kick.

20mins

Steve Morison delivers the ball, save made by Brad Friedel.

19mins

Shot from just outside the box by Kyle Walker misses to the right of the goal.

18mins

A cross is delivered by Gareth Bale, clearance by Russell Martin.

18mins

A cross is delivered by Ritchie De Laet, clearance made by Scott Parker.

16mins

David Fox has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Brad Friedel makes a save.

16mins

Ritchie De Laet delivers the ball, Younes Kaboul makes a clearance.

14mins

The ball is delivered by Andrew Surman, Younes Kaboul manages to make a clearance.

13mins

A cross is delivered by Kyle Walker, clearance by Andrew Surman.

12mins

Grant Holt challenges Raniere Sandro unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by William Gallas.

10mins

Corner taken by Rafael Van der Vaart from the right by-line, John Ruddy makes a comfortable save.

10mins

The ball is delivered by Kyle Walker, Adam Drury manages to make a clearance.

10mins

Corner taken short by Rafael Van der Vaart.

10mins

Shot by Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Russell Martin gets a block in.

9mins

Corner taken by Luka Modric from the right by-line.

8mins

Grant Holt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Rafael Van der Vaart crosses the ball in from the free kick, Grant Holt manages to make a clearance.

8mins

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Luka Modric, Zak Whitbread makes a clearance.

7mins

Rafael Van der Vaart decides to take the corner short, The ball is delivered by Luka Modric, clearance made by Adam Drury.

6mins

Shot by Gareth Bale. Save made by John Ruddy.

4mins

Rafael Van der Vaart takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by John Ruddy.

3mins

Grant Holt fouled by Raniere Sandro, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ritchie De Laet.

2mins

A cross is delivered by Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

1mins

Steve Morison has an effort at goal. Save made by Brad Friedel.

Match Preview

Martin relishing Bale battle New dad Russell Martin is not about to lose any sleep at the prospect of shackling "on fire" Tottenham wing-back Gareth Bale at Carrow Road. Scotland international Martin, 25, has produced a string of consistent displays in the Norwich defence - including in the 4-2 win over Newcastle earlier this month when his partner Jasmine had gone into labour ahead of the birth of their first child, Reno. With Kyle Naughton, on loan from Spurs, set to serve a one-match ban, the likelihood is Martin will be asked to move out to the right side of defence. The former Wycombe defender, capped against Wales at the end of last season, is ready for whatever challenge high-flying Spurs conjure up. "If I get put out there at right-back for one game, it is no problem as I have played there for a lot of my career - but it is going to be hard for anyone to stop Bale, because he is on fire, just like the whole Spurs team," Martin told Canaries Player. "You can't just concentrate on one person, because they have got players all over the pitch who can change games in an instant. "We know how tough it is going to be, but we have worked hard to get here and we have not been overawed so far, I am sure that will continue." Martin added: "Spurs are flying and have overtaken Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool, they look like they will be challenging for the title this season, so it does not get any easier. "Hopefully our fans will enjoy another top team coming down and we can give them a good game." Martin joined up with his former Wycombe boss Paul Lambert again at Norwich in November 2009, and became an integral part of the squad which won successive promotions up to the top flight. The Canaries have acquitted themselves well on their return to the top flight, and are the highest-placed of all three promoted clubs. Martin admits it has been a "magic" couple of seasons at Carrow Road, but knows there is plenty of hard work ahead over the next five months if Norwich are to retain their status among the elite sides of English football. "You can see how far we have come as players, as a team and as a club," Martin said. "It has been a magic two years - to see us ninth in the Premier League at Christmas, no-one would have expected it." Norwich have yet to keep a clean sheet in any of their 17 Barclays Premier League games, and it is understood defensive reinforcements are on Paul Lambert's wanted list. "I have told the club the players I would like to try and get in," Lambert told BBC Radio Norfolk. "We have to box clever with what we are trying to do. It is up to the club to try and sort something out." Tottenham can forget about finishing in the top four unless they perform well over the festive period, Emmanuel Adebayor has warned. Spurs play at Norwich before heading to Swansea on New Year's Day and then play West Brom on January 3 at White Hart Lane. Despite failing to overcome Chelsea last week, Spurs are brimming with confidence having lost just once in their last 14 matches to move up to third in the Barclays Premier League. But with Tottenham just three points ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal, Adebayor knows failure to deliver against three teams they are expected to beat over the coming week could cost the club dearly. "We have to do whatever it takes to win those games if we are going to finish in the top four. Otherwise, forget about it," the striker said. Spurs' season started off poorly as they lost heavily to both Manchester sides before recovering to go on an 11-match unbeaten run that propelled them to third in the table. The Togo striker has proved a controversial figure at times during his eventful career, but he insists it is important to remain calm when decisions go against him. "At the moment everything is going against me from the point of view of referees, but that's football to be honest," the 27-year-old said. "I just have to keep laughing and enjoying myself. We are all human beings. We can't start jumping on referees. He got it wrong against Chelsea, but that's part of football." Forward Rafael van der Vaart looks set to be in contention after his hamstring injury proved less serious than first feared. The 28-year-old Holland international was substituted at half-time of Thursday's 1-1 draw against Chelsea due to the problem, but a subsequent scan showed no tear.

Formation:41212Manager: Paul Lambert

Norwich

Formation: 4411Manager: Harry Redknapp

Tottenham

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

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Match Report

Bale brace keeps Spurs on the pace Gareth Bale tore Norwich apart with a brilliant brace as Tottenham moved seven points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City with an easy 2-0 win at Carrow Road. After laying siege to the Norwich goal in the first half, Spurs finally found the opener 10 minutes after the break when Bale picked up Emmanuel Adebayor's pass to drive under John Ruddy. Bale then latched on to Luka Modric's pass to sprint 45 yards before lifting the ball over the on-rushing Norwich goalkeeper with a sublime finish to kill off the match 12 minutes later. The performance may have been slightly ropey in the first-half, but the devastating display from Bale highlights just why Tottenham are proving that they should be deemed credible title challengers. The Londoners, who have a match in hand over all their rivals, will head in to the new year as the capital's top club, and with games against Swansea and West Brom coming up, few would back against Harry Redknapp's men putting more pressure on both Manchester teams over the next few days. With Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool all drawing over the past 24 hours, Tottenham had the perfect chance to put themselves within striking distance of the summit. They received a boost before kick-off with the news that Norwich duo Adam Drury and Ritchie de Laet, who had begun just five league games between them this season, started at full-back due to Kyle Naughton's suspension and an injury to Marc Tierney. A speculative volley from Steve Morison gave Brad Friedel an early test, but Redknapp's team soon started to dictate play. Bale drew saves from Ruddy on two occasions after terrorising De Laet with his searing pace. Grant Holt somehow managed to escape without a caution for an apparent elbow on Benoit Assou-Ekotto as the left-back attempted to play a one-two with Adebayor on the left. Replays showed the striker had clearly led with his forearm in attempting to shrug the defender off the ball in a challenge that perhaps merited a red card, but referee Michael Oliver kept his cards in his pocket. Norwich grew in confidence briefly, but they soon found themselves on the back foot again. Russell Martin put in a crucial header to deny Adebayor a great chance from six yards after a teasing cross from Kyle Walker. Norwich appealed for a penalty when the ball struck Younes Kaboul in the box but Oliver waved play on. Bale slammed a deflected shot just wide, but he was soon presented with another chance thanks to an error from Martin. The Welshman nicked the ball off the dallying defender and charged through clear at goal but he could only blast over. A superb 50-yard ball from Rafael van der Vaart sent Adebayor free. The striker edged the ball past the on-rushing Ruddy, but he could not recover it to tap home and the ball went out of play. Another Spurs attack came moments later when Bale got on the end of Modric's through-ball but Ruddy pulled off a good save. Martin put in a sliding tackle to deny Adebayor, who then blazed over in injury-time as Tottenham's half ended in frustration. William Gallas slipped on the edge of the box, bringing down Andrew Surman and earning himself a booking as Norwich began the second half with more confidence. Surman picked himself up and curled a low shot that drifted inches wide, with Friedel scrambling for his far post. Spurs took the lead 10 minutes in to the second half. Van der Vaart picked out Adebayor in the box, he held the ball up and fended off three Norwich defenders before squaring to Bale who got the ball out from under his feet to shoot under Ruddy after being left unmarked 12 yards out. Assou-Ekotto found Walker unmarked at the back post after a clever one-two with Modric but the right-back cleared the bar by at least 10 yards with a poor shot. Adebayor converted Assou-Ekotto's cross soon after but the Togo striker was ruled out for offside. Bale grabbed his second of the game to make it 2-0 in the 67th minute. Parker won the ball off Morison and laid the ball to Modric, who sent the Welshman galloping through on a 45-yard dash. Bale kept his composure after a heavy first touch before dispatching the coolest of chips over an on-rushing Ruddy. Adebayor squared for Modric as Tottenham looked for a third but the Croatian could only muster a weak shot that Ruddy gathered easily. Martin headed wide in injury time as Norwich looked for a consolation, but it never came and Spurs played the rest of the match out comfortably for a vital three points.

Form Guide

    LWLWDD
  • Norwich
  • VS
  • Tottenham
  • WWWLWD

Last Meetings

  • Norwich
  • 0 - 2
  • Tottenham
  • 26/12/2004
  • Tottenham
  • 0 - 0
  • Norwich
  • 12/09/2004
  • Tottenham
  • 1 - 0
  • Norwich
  • 17/04/1995
  • Norwich
  • 0 - 2
  • Tottenham
  • 26/12/1994
  • Norwich
  • 1 - 2
  • Tottenham
  • 02/04/1994
  • Tottenham
  • 1 - 3
  • Norwich
  • 27/12/1993

Top Scorers

Norwich

  • G Holt 6
  • S Morison 6
  • A Pilkington 4
  • W Hoolahan 2
  • R Martin 2
  • B Johnson 2
  • L Barnett 1
  • A Surman 1
  • S Jackson 1
  • R De Laet 1

Tottenham

  • E Adebayor 8
  • J Defoe 6
  • R Van der Vaart 5
  • G Bale 5
  • A Lennon 2
  • R Pavlyuchenko 1
  • L Modric 1
  • Y Kaboul 1
  • K Walker 1

Goals

Norwich

    • Total goals 58
    • Goals per game 27
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 9 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Tottenham

    • Total goals 63
    • Goals per game 32
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 7 (For) 2 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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