City survived a second-half onslaught from Sunderland
to secure their fourth straight home Premier League win and condemn the
Black Cats to yet another defeat.
A second goal in eight days from former Newcastle defender Sebastien Bassong
and a smart finish from Anthony Pilkington gave the home side a
well-deserved two-goal lead.
But Craig Gardner pulled one back just before the break for Sunderland, who
then wasted numerous chances in a second half they dominated without
managing to secure a much-needed result.
The win moves the Canaries up to 12th in the table, with Sunderland still only
one place and one point above the relegation zone.
The hosts dominated the opening exchanges and looked much sharper in
possession, with Sunderland defender Matthew Kilgallon cautioned by referee
Phil Dowd after just three minutes for tugging at Norwich skipper Grant Holt
as he turned past him.