Saturday January 21, 2012 Day 22 Finished Carrow Road

  1. Sturdy Norwich deny Chelsea

    Sturdy Norwich deny Chelsea

    Norwich City kept their first Premier League clean sheet of the season as they held Chelsea to a 0-0 draw at Carrow Road. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Norwich City
    • Chelsea
    • - 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+4' Norwich have their first clean sheet of the season, and Chelsea are denied! Goalless at Carrow Road.
    • 90+3' Malouda's flick header nearly finds Mata on the left but it skips out of play and that will surely be that.
    • 90+2' Lukaku takes on Whitbread, but the defender denies him and the final touch comes off the Chelsea man. Goal kick. Just over a minute left.
    • 90+1' Sturridge's cross from the left is cleared as far as Malouda, who takes on a shot on his weaker right foot, and sends it way out towards the corner-flag. Hopeless.
    • 90+1' Three minutes of added time to be played.
    • 90' Elliott Bennett is on for Andrew Surman as Norwich make their final change.
    • 88' David Luiz flicks down for Malouda, whose powerful strike is blocked - possibly by Lukaku.
    • 88' Malouda's 20-yard shot gets a deflection and Chelsea maintain the pressure with a corner on their right.
    • 87' Sturridge plays a clever ball for Malouda in the box, but Ruddy does well to put the ball behind.
    • 86' Bosingwa crosses from the right, Martin clears and Ashley Cole's ambitious follow-up bobbles wide.
    • 85' Mata clips another of his neat balls into the box. However, his radar has been a bit wonky today and Ruddy claims.
    • 84' Mata lofts a ball into the box for Terry, who is still forward from the corner... Ayala heads it away.
    • 83' Ayala blocks a Sturridge cross - corner Chelsea.
    • 82' MATA!! Hits a low shot on the turn, and Ruddy denies him with another fine save! The shot might have been hitting the outside of the post but Ruddy wasn't taking any chances.
    • 81' Powerful run from Lukaku, who drives in from the right, holding Whitbread off. However, his low cross leaves much to be desired and Norwich clear.
    • 80' And Chelsea's final substitution: Michael Essien is on for Raul Meireles.
    • 79' Norwich changes: Andrew Crofts on for David Fox, and Simeon Jackson on for Steve Morison.
    • 78' This from OptaJoe: 11 - 'Fernando Torres has now failed to score in 11 consecutive PL apps, beating his previous worst record of 10 apps (Jan-Apr 2011). Decline'
    • 77' Off goes poor old Fernando Torres - on comes Romelu Lukaku.
    • 76' Chelsea are trying to be a little too intricate here. Malouda gets the ball stuck under his feet as he tries to dribble into the box. Norwich stand firm.
    • 74' The ball goes out off the back of David Luiz - Morison continuing to make a nuisance of himself.
    • 73' RAMIRES!!! His powerful strike from outside the box is well-taken by Ruddy! Well done by the goalkeeper there.
    • 72' Norwich win a free-kick just inside the Chelsea half... Whitbread to lump it forward. Morison chests down but is muscled out of it by Torres.
    • 71' The corner comes to nothing and Chelsea may get a chance to break here... Sturridge tries a difficult through ball to Torres but cannot quite pull it off.
    • 70' Corner Norwich - both centre-backs come up for it...
    • 69' Lukaku is warming up - I may get my wish...
    • 68' Ooh... Meireles strikes another powerful shot from 25 yards, but it flashes over the top of Ruddy's goal.
    • 67' Chelsea are starting to turn the screw here - Norwich under real pressure.
    • 66' It's starting to open up now. Ramires crosses from the right... hooked clear by Ayala.
    • 65' The corner is met by Malouda, who does not make a proper connection with his volley and sends it bouncing towards Ruddy.
    • 64' Cole makes a rare foray down the left and sees his cross blocked for a corner.
    • 62' Meireles handles at the edge of the Chelsea box and Norwich want a penalty! Clattenburg waves play on! The midfielder had his hands up and it looked a certain handball. Whether a free-kick or a penalty I don't know, but it was an obvious infringement.
    • 61' Good play from Sturridge to open the pitch up forn Mata on the left side of the box... he shoots for the near post and Ruddy makes a decent save!
    • 60' Fernando Torres's misery goes on. On the upside, he's still in his first calendar year at Chelsea - just.
    • 59' TORRES!! What a miss!! Sturridge's cross from the right is deflected into the Spaniard's path.. he has two defenders bearing down on him and he prods his shot wide from eight yards!
    • 58' Fernando Torres goes for goal from 25 yards and laces a shot high and wide. That's not good. He grimaces. How frustrating must it be to have once been so good, and now be playing like this?
    • 57' Morison sprays a crossfield ball from the left... it's poor. Really poor. He holds his head in shame. Throw-in Chelsea.
    • 56' It could be a good opportunity for AVB to take another look at Romelu Lukaku - Chelsea look like they need a different option up front.
    • 54' Holt twists and turns in the Chelsea box and digs out a cross from the left... held by Cech.
    • 53' David Luiz! Malouda tees up the centre-back at the edge of the box, but he curls his shot high and wide.
    • 52' Whammo! A Good Old Fashioned aerial collision between Terry and Holt. Nobody hurt. Grrr...
    • 51' Torres tries to dribble into the box from the left but he takes a heavy touch and Whitbread clears.
    • 49' AND THERE IT IS!! Torres on Whitbread inside the Norwich half. We have a free-kick...
    • 48' OK, I'm now just sitting here willing somebody to commit a foul...
    • 47' Fantastic work by Pilkington, sprinting down the right and leaving Terry and Cole for dust - but then he wrecks all his good work by blazing an atrocious shot over when he had three to aim for in the middle!
    • 46' Second half under way! No further changes from either manager - Frank Lampard has gone off with a calf injury, replaced by Florent Malouda.
    • - A staggering half-time stat from OptaJoe, which pretty much says it all: '0 - Neither Norwich City or Chelsea committed a single foul in the first half of this match. Friendly.'
    • 45+2' That's half time, and it has been a fairly quiet game so far. Norwich halfway to their first clean sheet of the season.
    • 45+1' Good defending from Pilkington to clear up after a Torres cross is not cleared properly... and that will be the last action of the first half.
    • 45' Malouda finds Mata, whose shot is way off target. He will consider that a chance, but he has blazed it high over the top.
    • 44' Surman crosses from the Norwich left... Cech goes up and makes a good catch. Decent goalkeeping at both ends.
    • 43' Poor cross from Bosingwa on the Chelsea right, side-footing it straight out of play.
    • 41' Meireles hits a rasping 25-yarder that Ruddy plucks out of the air.
    • 40' Torres darts down the right flank, but the ball is nicked away for a Chelsea throw. Frank Lampard is sitting next to the Chelsea dugout, looking dejected.
    • 39' Holt gets beyond Cole and stands the ball up from the right... Cech palms the ball away!
    • 38' Sturridge clips a diagonal cross towards the onrushing Torres, but Ruddy gets there first.
    • 37' OK, well it wasn't Essien or Romeu. It's Florent Malouda who comes on to replace Frank Lampard. It looks like a calf injury.
    • 36' Bradley Johnson's shot takes a wicked deflection off the heel of Terry, and Cech does well to readjust and make a decent save.
    • 35' Frank Lampard has picked up a knock and has come over towards the dugout for treatment. Romeu and Essien are the likeliest replacements if Lampard has to come off.
    • 34' This just in - fans of club other than Chelsea don't seem to like John Terry very much. We were just treated to a nice array of hand gestures from the Norwich supporters as Terry came to the edge of the pitch. Ladies and gentlemen, your England captain!
    • 33' Norwich have 10 men behind the ball and are frustrating Chelsea, who pass the ball sideways about a dozen times before playing it all the way back to Cech.
    • 31' Pilkington crosses deep from the right, Holt heads back across goal and Cech catches. Both Norwich strikers are playing well.
    • 30' This game has not really sparked into life in the opening half-hour. Chelsea have been marginally the better side, but genuine chances have been scarce.
    • 29' Chelsea win the ball in midfield and Sturridge races forward... his ball is intended either for Torres or Mata, but finds neither.
    • 27' The corner comes to Sturridge, who thrashes a wild shot into the crowd.
    • 26' Ramires finds Torres, who prods an inventive shot with the outside of his right boot. It does not have the pace to beat Ruddy, who is nonetheless forced into a decent diving save.
    • 25' Norwich have conceded in all 21 PL matches this season – the equal-longest ever run of a PL club from the start of the season without a clean sheet, level with Blackburn this season. This is also the longest in the top flight since Sheffield United (26 matches) in 1975-76.
    • 24' Oh, the ref. I forgot to say who the ref is. It's Mark Clattenburg. There.
    • 23' Holt gets mildly jostled by Terry in the Chelsea box - the muted penalty appeals are rightly dismissed.
    • 22' Norwich are very disciplined at the moment, with two banks of four any time Chelsea venture into their half.
    • 20' Ramires crosses aimlessly from the right. It doesn't find a Chelsea player but it stays in play and Norwich remain under pressure.
    • 19' Holt now feeds Morison wide on the right - he's wide out and whacks his shot into the side netting.
    • 18' Both of these sides have been better going forward than defending this season, but it has been a fairly tame opening. Neither side over-committing, or even really committing.
    • 17' Pilkington cuts in from the right and hits a long shot that pings back off a Chelsea defender.
    • 16' Great tackle by Whitbread at the edge of the Norwich boss to dispossess Torres. Good start from the centre-back.
    • 15' Now it's Norwich's turn to knock the ball between themselves. An even game so far.
    • 13' Some impressive wolf-whistling from AVB. Sadly, it's not directed at an attractive female, but at one of his players. He follows it up with a detailed tactical instruction - not the sort of thing you'd get from a builder.
    • 12' Mata finds Torres through the right channel... his touch isn't great, but you would still expect him to shoot. Instead he pulls the ball back and Norwich clear. Still not fully confident, Torres...
    • 11' Good move Norwich!! Morison plays Holt in through the middle, he cuts inside David Luiz and hits a low, left-foot shot just wide!
    • 10' Morison beats Cole with a great dummy but as he chases the ball the wind carries it out of play. A fairly strong breeze blowing towards the Chelsea goal at the moment.
    • 9' Chelsea have dominated possession so far, without creating anything of note.
    • 8' Terry lumps a long ball for Torres in the box. Ruddy initially hesitates, then finally comes to claim the ball.
    • 7' CHANCE FOR NORWICH! Steve Morison finds Pilkington, whose low shot from the right is saved by the legs of Cech and Morison is narrowly beaten to the rebound. Encouraging for the hosts, though.
    • 6' Lampard finds Sturridge on the right wing. He cuts back onto his left foot but his cross is charged down.
    • 5' Cech fields a backpass in front of a very bare-looking six-yard box. Don't want to be messing about there - every chance of a bobble.
    • 4' Meireles plays an early cross towards Torres, but it is easily headed clear by Whitbread.
    • 3' Lampard delivers the first corner of the game into a decent area, but there is nobody putting pressure on Bradley Johnson as he clears.
    • 3' With Drogba and Kalou at the African Cup of Nations, Romelu Lukaku is on the bench. I'm hoping to see more from him today.
    • 2' A diagonal ball finds Torres on the left side near the corner flag. He recycles it as Chelsea knock the ball among themselves.
    • 1' Off we go! Norwich kick off, playing from right to left as we see it. Both teams in their home kits.
    • 12:44 Bonus Norwich stat as the teams come out: Only the top current five clubs in the division have netted more goals than Norwich's 32 this season.
    • 12:43 We've focused on Chelsea in the build-up, but hw about a quick word of praise for the hosts. The Canaries are perched a lofty ninth in the table having won 7, drawn 7 and lost 7 of their games. Strikers Steve Morison and Grant Holt have combined for 15 goals this season.
    • 12:40 Twitter correspondent @thrill_bill offers an alternative answer to the Cahill question: "It's because he's teaching him a lesson for attempting to play hard-ball in the contract negotiations. That, and AVB's a p----." Quite. Twitter - @alexchick81
    • 12:35 Speaking to Sky Sports, AVB says in fluent business-speak Cahill is not in the squad because his assimilation is a process that takes time, and Ivanovic is on the bench because he also offers "a right-back solution". Back in the studio, Jamie Redknapp calls Meireles 'Morales' for the 375th time this season.
    • 12:30 On the Cahill issue, I don't know why he isn't involved. It's not like his arrival took anyone by surprise. Although I can see him struggling to nail down a first-team place. As much as David Luiz has become a national punchline, AVB really does rate him and he's not going to drop Terry. So Cahill may not find life altogether easy...
    • 12:25 This stat is brought to you by Infostrada: 'Chelsea won 3-1 when the teams last met in the PL in August at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea did the league double over Norwich last time the teams were in the same division in 2004-05, winning 3-1 away and 4-0 at home.'
    • 12:20 On which note, Villas-Boas's suggestion that top sides' 'B' teams should be able to play in the football league has met with a resoundingly negative reponse from Paul 'Thunderer' Parker. 'AVB's B team plan is a disgrace'
    • 12:20 Eurosport-Yahoo's resident taker of sideways looks at things Mark Patterson tweets: "Gary Cahill doesn't feature today, but AVB confirms he will play on Wednesday against Peterborough in the Championship for Chelsea B #cfc" Follow Mark on Twitter. But follow me first.
    • 12:15 Hello, my name's Alex Chick, and I'm just starting a hectic day of jetting around the country/looking at TV screens in a dank office. We're starting here at Carrow Road, then jetting at warp speed to Goodison Park for Everton-Blackburn at 3, then heading to Bolton as they take on Liverpool at 5.30pm. It will be a busy day, but I'll endeavour to be as prolific as possible on Twitter. You can contact me @alexchick81. Follow me on Twitter
    • 12:10 So those are the teams. Norwich make two changes, with Grant Holt and David Fox coming in. Only one change for Chelsea, as Daniel Sturridge replaces Oriol Romeu. No place for new signing Gary Cahill - not even on the bench.
    • 12:05 NORWICH: Ruddy, Martin, Johnson, Morison, Whitbread, Holt, Surman, Pilkington, Fox, Naughton, Ayala... Subs: Steer, Drury, Crofts, Jackson, Hoolahan, Bennett, Wilbraham. CHELSEA: Cech, Bosingwa, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Meireles, Lampard, Sturridge, Torres, Mata... Subs: Turnbull, Ivanovic, Essien, Romeu, Malouda, Lukaku, Bertrand.
    • 12:00 Welcome to LIVE coverage of Norwich City versus Chelsea from Carrow Road!
  • Summary

    • 82' MATA!! Hits a low shot on the turn, and Ruddy denies him with another fine save! The shot might have been hitting the outside of the post but Ruddy wasn't taking any chances.
    • 73' RAMIRES!!! His powerful strike from outside the box is well-taken by Ruddy! Well done by the goalkeeper there.
    • 68' Ooh... Meireles strikes another powerful shot from 25 yards, but it flashes over the top of Ruddy's goal.
    • 62' Meireles handles at the edge of the Chelsea box and Norwich want a penalty! Clattenburg waves play on! The midfielder had his hands up and it looked a certain handball. Whether a free-kick or a penalty I don't know, but it was an obvious infringement.
    • 61' Good play from Sturridge to open the pitch up forn Mata on the left side of the box... he shoots for the near post and Ruddy makes a decent save!
    • 59' TORRES!! What a miss!! Sturridge's cross from the right is deflected into the Spaniard's path.. he has two defenders bearing down on him and he prods his shot wide from eight yards!
    • 53' David Luiz! Malouda tees up the centre-back at the edge of the box, but he curls his shot high and wide.
    • 36' Bradley Johnson's shot takes a wicked deflection off the heel of Terry, and Cech does well to readjust and make a decent save.
    • 26' Ramires finds Torres, who prods an inventive shot with the outside of his right boot. It does not have the pace to beat Ruddy, who is nonetheless forced into a decent diving save.
    • 11' Good move Norwich!! Morison plays Holt in through the middle, he cuts inside David Luiz and hits a low, left-foot shot just wide!
    • 7' CHANCE FOR NORWICH! Steve Morison finds Pilkington, whose low shot from the right is saved by the legs of Cech and Morison is narrowly beaten to the rebound. Encouraging for the hosts, though.
    • 12:05 NORWICH: Ruddy, Martin, Johnson, Morison, Whitbread, Holt, Surman, Pilkington, Fox, Naughton, Ayala... Subs: Steer, Drury, Crofts, Jackson, Hoolahan, Bennett, Wilbraham. CHELSEA: Cech, Bosingwa, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Meireles, Lampard, Sturridge, Torres, Mata... Subs: Turnbull, Ivanovic, Essien, Romeu, Malouda, Lukaku, Bertrand.

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