Monday September 26, 2011 Day 6 Finished Carrow Road

Norwich City 2 - 1 Sunderland

  • Barnett 31’
  • Morison 48’
  • Richardson 86’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Norwich City
    • Sunderland
    • 90+6' FULL TIME: Norwich 2 Sunderland 1. The Canaries are up to ninth. Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+5' Ruddy gathers the ball cleanly despite a rash challenge from Dong as Richardson's shot carries through to the keeper.
    • 90+4' Naughton has been booked for time-wasting.
    • 90+4' Sunderland are piling bodies forward but to no avail. Wickham lost sight of the ball on one occasion.
    • 90+2' Barnett concedes a needless corner and Ruddy is booked for preventing it from being taken.
    • 90+2' Norwich are trying to run down the clock but you sense there could be one last chance for the visitors.
    • 90+1' Five minutes of added time and the Canaries are a man short for injury time.
    • 89' James Vaughan has collapsed with what could be a knee injury. It could leave City down to 10 men for the rest of the game.
    • 89' O'Shea is booked for a foul on Tierney. The first of the night.
    • 88' Have the visitors left it too late? It was an excellent strike by the full-back.
    • 86' GOAL! Sunderland have a lifeline as a patient move ends in Richardson hammering a sublime shot past Ruddy, possibly with the aid of a slight deflection off Barnett.
    • 85' Sub James Vaughan goes solo and drags his shot just wide. Decent effort.
    • 84' Andrew Crofts is on for the impressive Bennett.
    • 83' Holt is penalised after a challenge from Bramble but it's the Norwich man who is down hurt.
    • 82' Brown stylishly mops up at the back but the Black Cats desperately need the ball in the other penalty area - and fast.
    • 80' Elmohamady gets away with a potentially disastrous backwards pass. He's not had a good night, the Egyptian.
    • 78' Pilkington and Morison are off for James Vaughan and Grant Holt.
    • 77' Vaughan tries his luck from distance but it's a comfortable stop for Ruddy after Dong set the chance up.
    • 76' A spell of Sunderland possession ends with Gardner's wasteful pass straight through to Ruddy.
    • 74' Johnson makes a calm and clever header back to Ruddy. Good work by the former Leeds man.
    • 73' Sunderland desperately need a spark of innovation from somewhere as another misplaced pass gives Bendtner no chance in attack.
    • 71' O'Shea goes on the overlap but fails to deliver with the cross.
    • 69' Elmohamady's best moment is a delicious cross that Wickham wins in the air but can only head straight at Ruddy. An instant chance for the ex-Ipswich hitman.
    • 67' Elmohamady wins a corner but there's a double change first. Connor Wickham replaces Sessegnon and Dong-won Ji is on for Larsson.
    • 64' Sessegnon has his latest dreadful effort - it probably won't be long before he's replaced.
    • 63' City break from the corner and Russell Martin feeds Bennett, who works Mignolet. The rebound comes back to Martin but his cross is wayward.
    • 63' Awful defending by Bradley Johnson allows Bendtner to steal in but his shot is superbly saved by Ruddy and out for a corner.
    • 63' Sessegnon is unable to profit from a Brown pass as Naughton defends impressively.
    • 60' Ruddy skies a clearance but there's been no great threat to his goal.
    • 58' Morison gets through again but he allows Bramble to recover the ground and make a decent block.
    • 58' Barnett is back on defensive duty to hack away into the crowd. No signs of life yet from Sunderland but a goal could change all that.
    • 56' Bramble lunges in on Morison but only concedes a corner. A slightly risky challenge from the centre-back there.
    • 54' Bennett skips away from Vaughan but lashes his shot wide of Mignolet's right-hand post.
    • 52' Sessegnon moves onto a Bendtner flick-on with menace and then produces an apologetic shot way, way off target.
    • 51' Bramble cuts out Pilkington's intended pass through to Morison. City have their tails up.
    • 50' The home fans are jubilant again - you get the feeling Bruce needs to make a change here.
    • 49' Just the start to the second half Sunderland didn't want. It's Morison's first Premier League goal.
    • 48' GOAL! Norwich have a man over down the left and Tierney chips over a cross for Morison to power home his header from close range.
    • 48' Mignolet claws away a cross from Pilkington after the wide man got the better of O'Shea down the left.
    • 47' The Black Cats try to assert some authority again, as they did at the start of the first half.
    • 46' The second half kicks off with Norwich holding a 1-0 lead.
    • 45+2' HALF TIME: Norwich 1-0 Sunderland. Please join us for the second half.
    • 45+1' Sebastian Larsson does well to pick out Bendtner but the on-loan Arsenal attacker dabs an ineffective volley wide.
    • 45' Brown's first mistake is a bad one. He gifts the ball to Hoolahan whose shot cannons off Kieran Richardson and goes behind for a corner.
    • 44' Foc's delightful pass sparks a race between Mignolet and Morison, which is won by the keeper.
    • 43' Elmohamady's woeful cross drifts out of play and there's glum faces in the away end. This hasn't been too good for the Black Cats thus far.
    • 41' Brown chops down Hoolahan but escapes a yellow card and wins the header from the free-kick.
    • 39' Bramble defends stoutly when Hoolahan tries to release Morison and Mignolet gets his clearance right.
    • 38' The visitors win a corner but it's headed away and Elmohamady is flagged offside from the return pass.
    • 37' Sessegnon blazes well off target after a promising build-up. The Benin international has been very disappointing so far.
    • 36' Brown has to come across to cut out another pass intended for the dangerous Bennett.
    • 35' Elmohamady is back on the field and okay to continue. The home fans are in good voice after the goal.
    • 34' Elmohamady is down receiving treatment after falling awkwardly over Morison.
    • 32' Bennett played an incisive one-two with Fox on the right-hand side of the box to carve out the opening and it was an inviting cross into the path of Barnett, who couldn't miss.
    • 31' GOAL! Leon Barnett opens his Premier League account by tapping home from close range. It's great work from Bennett to set it up.
    • 29' Anthony Pilkington's driving run causes a ripple of panic but Brown clears for a corner, which is headed away by Gardner.
    • 28' A neat trick by O'Shea sparks a spell of sustained Black Cats pressure which, ultimately, comes to nothing.
    • 26' Bendtner gets in a decent snap-shot following a pass by Sessegnon. It's a comfortable save for John Ruddy but another bright moment from the Danish striker.
    • 24' Brown defends expertly again to repel the threat of Morison.
    • 22' Better again from Sunderland until Sessegnon drags an awful attempt well wide.
    • 22' Craig Gardner is off target with a deliberate effort with his right foot from inside the D. Bendtner did well to pick him out and it's a poor attempt really.
    • 20' Sessegnon gets a talking-to from referee Foy but no card is produced.
    • 18' A slick move is brought to an abrupt end by Brown's shuddering challenge. The centre-back should prove to be an astute acquisition for the Black Cats.
    • 16' Bramble is being jeered by the home fans because of his ex-Ipswich affiliation but he makes a flawless backpass under pressure.
    • 14' Elliott Bennett's cross is food and drink for Mignolet. Sunderland go up the other end and cause a few problems with a Stephane Sessegnon pass but it's cleared.
    • 13' Kyle Naughton bravely forces a corner from Wes Brown's rugged challenge.
    • 10' The match has settled down a little and it's a good watch. On this evidence, both teams are capable of playing some neat football.
    • 8' David Fox makes a superb crossfield pass but the ball eventually ends up in Mignolet's grasp. Norwich are starting to get on top.
    • 7' Mignolet looks shaky as he slices a ball behind for a corner. The home fans enjoyed that one.
    • 6' Wes Hoolahan spurns a great opening when Titus Bramble makes a hash of a long ball. It's flipped over Mignolet but well over the bar too.
    • 4' Skipper O'Shea's through ball is just too long for Nicklas Bendtner, who has started brightly.
    • 4' Steve Morison has the first shot of the game but the Wales international's effort is easily fielded by Mignolet.
    • 3' Ahmed Elmohamady feels he should have a free-kick but there's nothing doing from referee Foy.
    • 2' Sunderland, playing in light blue, make a positive start.
    • 1' Underway at Carrow Road, it's a decent atmosphere and should be a good game.
    • 19:58 Close to kick-off, really looking forward to this one.
    • 19:55 Simon Mignolet has had to cut the sleeves off his goalkeeper's jersey to avoid a clash with the hosts' yellow kit!
    • 19:52 Eye of the Tiger has been belting out on the tannoy. The atmosphere is building.
    • 19:48 The two teams, both unchanged remember, are on the pitch going through their exercise routines.
    • 19:45 Quarter of an hour until kick-off - Canaries against Black Cats.
    • 19:40 This is another good chance for the Canaries to show they belong in the Premier League, in front of their home fans and the live TV cameras.
    • 19:36 Steve Bruce, a former Norwich player, is clearly still irked that his position was under scrutiny recently and it's easy to understand why.
    • 19:32 The last five league meetings between Norwich and Sunderland have all ended as 1-0 home wins. Let's hope for a few more goals tonight.
    • 19:28 Sunderland have got a pretty dreadful record in Monday night away games but the Wearsiders will be looking to pick up three points tonight. Both teams are mid-table and know a win will propel them up the placings.
    • 19:24 Merseysider Chris Foy is the man in the middle tonight at Carrow Road.
    • 19:21 TEAMS: NORWICH: Ruddy, Naughton, Tierney, R.Martin, Barnett, Pilkington, Bennett, Hoolahan, Fox, Johnson, Morison. Subs: Rudd, Crofts, J.Vaughan, Holt, Surman, C.Martin, De Laet. /// SUNDERLAND: Mignolet, O'Shea, Richardson, Bramble, Brown, Larsson, Elmohamady, D.Vaughan, Gardner, Sessegnon, Bendtner. Subs: Westwood, Turner, Cattermole, Wickham, Colback, Dong-won, McClean.
    • 19:19 Norwich are also unchanged. Full teams and subs to follow..
    • 19:14 Sunderland's team news is emerging. The Black Cats are set to be unchanged with John O'Shea continuing as captain. Phil Bardsley is still suspended.
    • 19:08 If Sunderland avoid defeat they will have gone five games on the road without a loss, their longest unbeaten run away from home since November 1999 (six games) in the top flight.
    • 19:08 Norwich have conceded penalties in each of their first five Premier League games equalling the feat set by Wimbledon in 1999-2000.
    • - Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Norwich's match against Sunderland - kick-off is at 8pm, but we'll be here from 7.15pm with all the latest team news and pre-match build-up.
  • Summary

    • 86' GOAL! Sunderland have a lifeline as a patient move ends in Richardson hammering a sublime shot past Ruddy, possibly with the aid of a slight deflection off Barnett.
    • 85' Sub James Vaughan goes solo and drags his shot just wide. Decent effort.
    • 69' Elmohamady's best moment is a delicious cross that Wickham wins in the air but can only head straight at Ruddy. An instant chance for the ex-Ipswich hitman.
    • 63' City break from the corner and Russell Martin feeds Bennett, who works Mignolet. The rebound comes back to Martin but his cross is wayward.
    • 63' Awful defending by Bradley Johnson allows Bendtner to steal in but his shot is superbly saved by Ruddy and out for a corner.
    • 48' GOAL! Norwich have a man over down the left and Tierney chips over a cross for Morison to power home his header from close range.
    • 31' GOAL! Leon Barnett opens his Premier League account by tapping home from close range. It's great work from Bennett to set it up.
    • 26' Bendtner gets in a decent snap-shot following a pass by Sessegnon. It's a comfortable save for John Ruddy but another bright moment from the Danish striker.
    • 22' Craig Gardner is off target with a deliberate effort with his right foot from inside the D. Bendtner did well to pick him out and it's a poor attempt really.
    • 6' Wes Hoolahan spurns a great opening when Titus Bramble makes a hash of a long ball. It's flipped over Mignolet but well over the bar too.
    • 19:21 TEAMS: NORWICH: Ruddy, Naughton, Tierney, R.Martin, Barnett, Pilkington, Bennett, Hoolahan, Fox, Johnson, Morison. Subs: Rudd, Crofts, J.Vaughan, Holt, Surman, C.Martin, De Laet. /// SUNDERLAND: Mignolet, O'Shea, Richardson, Bramble, Brown, Larsson, Elmohamady, D.Vaughan, Gardner, Sessegnon, Bendtner. Subs: Westwood, Turner, Cattermole, Wickham, Colback, Dong-won, McClean.

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