Saturday February 4, 2012 Day 24 Finished Carrow Road

Norwich City 2 - 0 Bolton Wanderers

  • Surman 70’
  • Pilkington 85’

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  1. Norwich strike late to beat Bolton

    Norwich strike late to beat Bolton

    Andrew Surman and Anthony Pilkington's goals in the final 20 minutes helped Norwich down Bolton 2-0 in the Premier League at Carrow Road. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Norwich City
    • Bolton Wanderers
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90'+3 FULL TIME. Norwich take all three points after a 2-0 win over Bolton. They got the job done in the end, and that means they currently sit 9th in the table. Bolton remain 19th.
    • 90' We are going into injury time at Carrow Road, and Bolton look resigned to defeat here.
    • 88' Petrov still toiling for a goal; this time his pulls his volley just wide from 20 yards.
    • 85' GOAL! This time it does count and Pilkington makes it 2-0. Martin pokes a shot at goal after Bolton failed to clear a corner. Bogdan fumbles the shot and Pilkington buries the rebound from close-range.
    • 84' Luckily for Pilkington, the flag was up against Holt.
    • 83' Another unbelievable miss by Norwich, as Holt lays the ball to Pilkington, who has his shot cleared off the line by Mears.
    • 81' Morison has a header blocked by Knight. Morison claiming it hit Knight's arm - but it didn't.
    • 79' Ngog goes down under the challenge of Ruddy. It was all a bit untidy in the box, and Ngog hits the deck after the pair tangled. Not a penalty if you ask me.
    • 77' Bolton pushing for an equaliser as Petrov lashes another powerful effort at goal from the edge of the box, but Ruddy palms it over his bar.
    • 74' Norwich sub: Morison on, Jackson off. Jackson is forced off after picking up a knock to his ankle.
    • 73' Bolton sub: Tuncay on, Eagles off. Surprising change, as Eagles was one of the few Bolton players creating anything.
    • 72' Crucial breakthrough, but should Bolton have made the most of Norwich losing both centre-backs in the first half?
    • 71' GOAL! Norwich finally get their reward and Surman gets the goal! Jackson makes it with his cutback from the right to Surman, whose initial effort is blocked by Wheater, but he rifles in at the second attempt.
    • 70' This time Hoolahan runs into space in front of the Bolton defence, but his shot from 20 yards is just too high.
    • 68' Jackson surges forward down the left after a mistake by Wheater, but Jackson's shot is tame and gathered easily by Bogdan.
    • 66' Huge miss by Davies! Eagles puts a cracking cross in from the right and Davies, who only needs to get a touch on the ball, fails to make contact altogether.
    • 64' Grant Holt has a go at the same thing at the other end, and almost puts his volley out of the stadium.
    • 63' Petrov has a go himself this time, but he lashes his volley into row Z. Bolton going for this though.
    • 61' The ball drops the Petrov on the left and he drills it across the face of goal - sometimes referred to as the corridor of uncertainty - but no other Bolton player was on the same wavelength. If they had been, a tap-in would have been waiting.
    • 59' Bolton sub: Davies on, Muamba off. Coyle senses Bolton can nick a goal here, and has made a positive change.
    • 58' Bolton chance! Petrov swings a devilish corner in from the right that Eagles gets a slight touch on. But it goes down as a great save by Ruddy, who denies the former Manchester United striker under his own crossbar.
    • 57' Eagles finds Ngog, who swivels and tries to squeeze a shot inside Ruddy's near post - but the goalkeeper palms it out for a corner.
    • 56' Norwich still dominating, but are guilty of over-intricate play on the edge of the Bolton box. "Get it in the box," Paul Lambert yells from the technical area.
    • 54' Driving run by Eagles sees him enter the box before he plays in Ngog, who tries to roll the defender rather than playing it back to Eagles. Instead, Fox is able to poke the ball away from Ngog.
    • 52' Jackson should have done better after excellent work by Holt again.
    • 51' Big chance for Norwich! Holt flicks the ball brilliantly into the path of Jackson, who takes his shot early put drags it wide of the far post.
    • 50' Petrov finds Wheater with his corner from the left, and the defender puts his header just wide.
    • 49' Norwich really fired up for this second half.
    • 48' Norwich intent on getting the ball into the box towards Holt at the start of this second half, but Holt heads Drury's cross well wide.
    • 47' No changes for either side at the break.
    • 46' KICK OFF. Norwich get the second half going.
    • HT Will Norwich suffer in the second-half without their first-choice centre-backs? Or will Bolton finally buckle under the Norwich pressure? Tweet me your thoughts on the game here and I'll feed them into the commentary.
    • 45' HALF TIME. Time up at the end of the first-half. It's Norwich 0-0 Bolton.
    • 44' Norwich attack through Surman, who miscontrols the ball. Bolton attack through Reo-Coker, who overhits his pass to Petrov. I think both sides will welcome the half-time break to regroup.
    • 42' Eagles's corner is cleared to Petrov who thumps an effort at goal from the edge of the box. It flicks off a Norwich man for another corner, but Norwich clear their lines.
    • 41' Mears wins a corner for Bolton, who are ending the first half the stronger.
    • 39' Norwich sub: Bennett on, Whitbread off.
    • 37' Whitbread has walked straight down the tunnel. Not good news for Norwich.
    • 36' Now Norwich's Whitbread has gone down injured. Paul Lambert will not be thrilled if he loses both centre-backs before half-time.
    • 35' Good spell by Bolton, but the visitors are unable to break Norwich down. They are passing in front of Norwich, without penetrating.
    • 34' Pilkington went for it, but it's well off target.
    • 33' Jackson is fouled on the edge of the box by Wheater, who tells the referee that it was a soft one. It probably was, but Norwich have a good opportunity to go for goal here.
    • 31' Fox exchanges passes with Hoolahan before firing his low shot well wide from distance. Holt is not happy with his teammates after that, he is telling them to get the ball into the box.
    • 29' The game in a bit of a lull at the moment. Bolton seemingly happy to sit back and soak up the pressure for as long as it takes.
    • 27' It's cleared by Holt, but Eagles clips a superb ball back into the box but Ngog is offside.
    • 26' Petrov has forced Bolton's first corner of the match.
    • 24' What a miss! Grant Holt lays the ball into Surman's path but, with the goal at his mercy from seven yards, Surman strikes it against the bar. Huge miss for Norwich.
    • 23' Norwich sub: Martin on, Ayala off. Big blow for Norwich, as Ayala has to be replaced after pulling his hamstring.
    • 22' But Ayala has damaged his hamstring making that challenge - he doesn't look in a good way.
    • 21' Eagles collects Ngog's throughball and darts into the box, but his shot is blocked brilliantly by Ayala.
    • 20' Bolton really struggling to create anything at the moment. Defending well so far, but how long can they maintain this?
    • 18' Jackson beats the offside trap and is clear down the right. But, rather than wait for support, the striker goes for goal from an impossible angle and Bogdan saves.
    • 17' Norwich beginning to pull the strings here.
    • 16' Another big chance for Norwich! This time Jackson pokes it wide after good work by Surman, who persisted to make the space to pull back to the Canadian striker.
    • 15' Superb move by Norwich, that.
    • 14' Great chance for Norwich! Pilkington drives forward and finds Jackson wide right. Jackson clips a good ball to the penalty spot, where Holt volleys first time straight inton the arms of Bogdan.
    • 12' Bolton attack on the counterattack through Eagles, who cuts in from the right, but fires his left-footed shot into his own man on the edge of the box - Nigel Reo-Coker.
    • 11' This one finds Holt at the near post but, stooping, the forward can't direct his header on target.
    • 10' Whitbread and Ayala were both forward from the back for that one, and the former attacks it with his head and forces another corner.
    • 9' Jackson forces the first corner of the game off Wheater.
    • 7' Bolton easing their way into this one now, but Eagles disappoints with his ball into the box - overhitting it way out of play.
    • 6' The home side look very comfortable with the ball - Bolton seeing very little of it as yet.
    • 4' Norwich enjoying far more of the ball in the early stages.
    • 3' At the other end, Ngog is clean through and goes down on the edge of the box under some pressure. May have been harsh, but Norwich have got away with one there.
    • 2' Good start by Norwich. A nice build-up sees the ball played out to Pilkington on the right wing, but his hanging cross is plucked from the sky by Bogdan ahead of Holt.
    • 1' KICK OFF. Bolton get us underway.
    • 14.55 The players are emerging from the tunnel. We are just a few moments from kick-off at Carrow Road.
    • 14.50 Bolton are looking to go unbeaten in three consecutive Premier League matches for the first time in a year – since a three-match streak from February to March 2011.
    • 14.45 Grant Holt has scored seven Premier League goals this season, the joint-most for an uncapped English player alongside Scott Sinclair and Danny Graham.
    • 14.40 Norwich boss Paul Lambert continues his rotation policy in attack, opting for Simeon Jackson and Grant Holt up front, with Steve Morison on the bench.
    • 14.35 NORWICH: Ruddy, Naughton, Whitbread, Ayala, Drury, Fox, Pilkington, Surman, Hoolahan, Holt, Jackson. Subs: Steer, Martin, Johnson, Morison, Crofts, Bennett, Wilbraham /// BOLTON: Bogdan, Mears, Wheater, Knight, Ricketts, Eagles, Muamba, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Mark Davies, Ngog. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Sanli, Kevin Davies, Klasnic, Pratley, Boyata, Sordell
    • 14.30 Norwich last completed a league double over Bolton in 1970-71, with both teams in the old Division Two. Bolton finished bottom of the league that season and were relegated.
    • 14.25 Norwich won 2-1 at Bolton when the teams last met in the Premier League in September. It was the club’s first league win of the season.
    • 14.20 Hello everyone. Welcome to live coverage of this Premier League match between Norwich and Bolton at Carrow Road.
  • Summary

    • 85' GOAL! This time it does count and Pilkington makes it 2-0. Martin pokes a shot at goal after Bolton failed to clear a corner. Bogdan fumbles the shot and Pilkington buries the rebound from close-range.
    • 83' Another unbelievable miss by Norwich, as Holt lays the ball to Pilkington, who has his shot cleared off the line by Mears.
    • 71' GOAL! Norwich finally get their reward and Surman gets the goal! Jackson makes it with his cutback from the right to Surman, whose initial effort is blocked by Wheater, but he rifles in at the second attempt.
    • 66' Huge miss by Davies! Eagles puts a cracking cross in from the right and Davies, who only needs to get a touch on the ball, fails to make contact altogether.
    • 58' Bolton chance! Petrov swings a devilish corner in from the right that Eagles gets a slight touch on. But it goes down as a great save by Ruddy, who denies the former Manchester United striker under his own crossbar.
    • 51' Big chance for Norwich! Holt flicks the ball brilliantly into the path of Jackson, who takes his shot early put drags it wide of the far post.
    • 24' What a miss! Grant Holt lays the ball into Surman's path but, with the goal at his mercy from seven yards, Surman strikes it against the bar. Huge miss for Norwich.
    • 21' Eagles collects Ngog's throughball and darts into the box, but his shot is blocked brilliantly by Ayala.
    • 16' Another big chance for Norwich! This time Jackson pokes it wide after good work by Surman, who persisted to make the space to pull back to the Canadian striker.
    • 14' Great chance for Norwich! Pilkington drives forward and finds Jackson wide right. Jackson clips a good ball to the penalty spot, where Holt volleys first time straight inton the arms of Bogdan.
    • 14.35 NORWICH: Ruddy, Naughton, Whitbread, Ayala, Drury, Fox, Pilkington, Surman, Hoolahan, Holt, Jackson. Subs: Steer, Martin, Johnson, Morison, Crofts, Bennett, Wilbraham /// BOLTON: Bogdan, Mears, Wheater, Knight, Ricketts, Eagles, Muamba, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Mark Davies, Ngog. Subs: Jaaskelainen, Sanli, Kevin Davies, Klasnic, Pratley, Boyata, Sordell

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