Sebastien Bassong and Anthony Pilkington fire Norwich to a 2-1 win over Sunderland

02 December 2012 05:52
Sunderland were denied a much-needed win by Norwich on Sunday as Sebastien Bassong and Anthony Pilkington fired the Canaries to a 2-1 victory at Carrow Road. Chris Hughton's men were in control during the opening half and saw their efforts rewarded, first when Sebastien Bassong bundled in Robert Snodgrass' free-kick on eight minutes, then again as Anthony Pilkington picked up Bradley Johnson's pinpoint long pass before shrugging off Carlos Cuellar to fire home. Sunderland snatched one back on the stroke of half-time to swing the momentum in their favour ahead of the break, with Craig Gardner driving the ball past Mark Bunn from the edge of the box after some tidy work from Adam Johnson on the left, but they were unable to find another despite dominating the second half. The defeat piles more pressure on Martin O'Neill's Black Cats side, who remain on the brink of the Premier League drop zone, just a point from safety, while the Canaries have gone eight without defeat. More to follow. Norwich City Team Statistics Sunderland 2 Goals 1 2 1st Half Goals 1 3 Shots on Target 5 2 Shots off Target 10 3 Blocked Shots 1 2 Corners 6 11 Fouls 17 3 Offsides 4 0 Yellow Cards 2 0 Red Cards 0 76.6 Passing Success 75.5 14 Tackles 14 92.9 Tackles Success 85.7 49.7 Possession 50.3 44.8 Territorial Advantage 55.2 445 Total Passes 441 11 Total Crosses 24 172 Lost Balls 172 37 Recoveries 64 55.7 1st Half Poss. 44.3 42.8 2nd Half Poss. 57.2

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