Saturday February 11, 2012 Day 25 Finished The Liberty Stadium

Swansea City 2 - 3 Norwich City

  • Graham 23’, 87’ (pen.)
  • Holt 48’, 63’
  • Pilkington 51’

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  1. Norwich come from behind to stun Swansea

    Norwich come from behind to stun Swansea

    A brace from Grant Holt helped Norwich stage a dramatic second-half comeback to snatch a 3-2 Premier League at Swansea. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Swansea City
    • Norwich City
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • - That's what a football match should be like - pure excitement. Swansea will be disappointed with that ten minute spell at the start of the second half, it cost them dearly.
    • 90+5 FULL-TIME and what a game! Norwich come back from 1-0 down to take a 3-1 lead before Swansea pull one back. It finishes 3-2 at the Liberty Stadium and Norwich do the double over Swansea for the first time since 1962.
    • 90+5 Caulker smashes a shot into a pile of players in the box, it hits Lita and goes out for a goal-kick.
    • 90+4 Norwich continue to deal with everything Swansea can throw at them, but can they hold out?
    • 90+3 Swansea break and Naughton clears for a corner. Sigurdsson's corner finds Caulker yet again but Ruddy saves brilliantly and tips it over the bar.
    • 90+2 Paul Lambert is giving Elliott Ward a pep-talk from the touchline, he can't switch off now.
    • 90+1 Danny Graham has his head in his hands after going so close. Sigurdsson hits the ball across goal and the striker fires inches wide from 12 yards out.
    • 90' FIVE MINUTES of added time given! Norwich look furious as Swansea get a renewed sense of hope.
    • 88' Holt plays a lovely pass to Morison who prods a shot towards goal with the outside of his right boot but Vorm saves very well as it goes for a corner.
    • 87' Holt isn't happy with the fourt official for giving that penalty, but the striker really has nothing to complain about, it was a clear penalty.
    • 86' GOAL! Danny Graham steps up and sends John Ruddy the wrong way from the penalty spot. 2-3 to Norwich now, this should be some final five minutes!
    • 85' PENALTY! Grant Holt pulls Ashley Williams' shirt and Martin Atkinson awards a spot-kick. No complaints.
    • 84' Another great save! Sigurdsson's free-kick looks as though it's going over but it dips at the last minute as the goalkeeper tips it onto the bar.
    • 83' David Fox gives away a free-kick just 30 yards out, this is well within Gylfi Sigurdsson's range.
    • 82' Norwich are doing their best Swansea impression, pinging the ball around midfield like there's no tomorrow!
    • 81' Simeon Jackson comes off for Steve Morison and the away fans sing his name with a standing ovation. He's been brilliant today.
    • 80' GREAT SAVE FROM VORM! Holt finds room in the area before pulling it back for Wes Hoolahan on the penalty spot. The midfielder hits it first time but Vorm tips his shot over the bar.
    • 79' Rangel wins a free-kick but Ruddy saves Sigurdsson's cross.
    • 78' It all opens up for Norwich on the counter attack but Neil Taylor blocks Holt's cross with his face.
    • 77' Routledge smacks a cross against Naughton and it appears to hit his arm in the penalty area. The referee says it was the defender's face and awards a corner.
    • 76' Elliott Bennett, provider of two assists, comes off for Wes Hoolahan.
    • 75' Swansea have switched to a 4-4-2 now with Lita pairing up with Graham up front.
    • 74' What a shot from Naughton! The defender picks up a short corner from Surman and spanks a shot towards goal. Michel Vorm tips the ball acrobatically onto the bar and it bounces clear. So close from the Spurs loanee.
    • 72' Scott Sinclair comes off for Wayne Routledge, and Lita comes on for Nathan Dyer.
    • 71' Drew Surman wastes a brilliant chance. Simeon Jackson once again causing problems as he pulls the ball back across the box for Surman who slices his effort way over the bar.
    • 70' It looks as though Rodgers is going to bring on Leroy Lita and Wayne Routledge.
    • 69' Brendan Rodgers is looking puzzled on the bench. He needs to do something here, there's still 20 minutes left.
    • 68' If the scores stay like this, Norwich will move up to 8th place on 35 points while Swansea will slip to 12th on 30 points.
    • 67' Swansea are pressing well now, searching and probing for a way past the Norwich defence.
    • 65' I may have got a bit over-excited in that mad few minutes and claimed that Karl Pilkington was playing for Norwich. Of course, I meant Anthony. Sorry about that. In other news, Ricky Gervais is about to come on for Grant Holt...
    • 64' Remember when I said you shouldn't expect to see Norwich repeat their 3-1 win over Swansea at Carrow Road? Turns out, I was way off the mark. For a change.
    • 63' Elliot Bennet slips a sweet pass through to Holt who runs down the right wing and smashes a low shot past Vorm. Incredible.
    • 63' 3-1 NORWICH! Unbelivable!
    • 62' Scott Sinclair has been kept very, very quiet today. It's either brilliant marking by Kyle Naughton, or he's having an off-day.
    • 61' Pilkington gives the ball away to Dyer who has a chance to break. He doesn't though, he's immediately closed down by a platoon of Nrowich players.
    • 60' This game is being played at some pace. I'd be hunched double struggling for air if I was on the pitch. Looks exhausting.
    • 59' The Swansea defence are working incredibly hard at the moment, Norwich are pushing and pressing from all angles.
    • 58' Jackson and Surman play a one-two but Caulker slides in brilliantly to clear from Surman.
    • 57' Dyer breaks with pace but his cross goes straight out for a goal-kick.
    • 55' Adam Drury hasn't recovered from his first-half injury and comes off for Leon Barnett.
    • 54' Swansea start to pile on the pressure as Norwich drop deeper and deeper.
    • 53' What a terrible start to the second half by Swansea. What on earth did Paul Lambert say at half time?
    • 52' Phew. Can we catch our breath yet? There's smoke rising from my keyboard, I'm typing so quickly.
    • 50' 2-1 NORWICH! Andrew Surman dinks a pass through to Bennett who runs to the edge of the area before cutting it back for Anthony Pilkington to shoot. It looked like it was going wide until it struck Neil Taylor and wrong-footed Michel Vorm.
    • 49' Off the post! Caulker heads Surman's corner against the Norwich post! It's a frantic start to the second half.
    • 48' Back at the other end, Graham races clear through but can't round the keeper as Ruddy saves his shot and it goes for a corner.
    • 47' GOAL to Norwich! Fox's free-kick was cleared to Martin. The defender's volley wasgoing out for a goal-kick before Ward played it back across goal for Holt to head in. The Swansea defenders were at a standstill, thinking the ball was going out of play. Incredible scenes.
    • 46' Nathan Dyer gives away a needless free-kick in a dangerous position for Norwich.
    • 45' Swansea kick-off to get the second 45 minutes underway.
    • - What do you think? Can Norwich come back from a goal down in the second half? What does Paul Lambert need to do to turn it around?
    • - The possession stats show the home side had 52% and Norwich's 48%. It's certainly been a tight opening 45 minutes here.
    • - Swansea had five shots on goal in that first half and a further two off target to Norwich's three on- and five off target.
    • 47' HALF-TIME. Swansea lead at the break after a Danny Graham's brilliant finish. It was against the run-of-play, but they look good for their lead. Norwich's best chance of the half fell to Surman who headed straight at Vorm from a few yards out.
    • 45' "Both sides a credit to the Prem , with excellent­ coaches. Producing superb football! Have added real­ quality to the Prem. Hope both of you get to keep­ your managers & best players long-term. Swansea­ to win as they're usually irresistible at home.­" says Stoke fan Ivan K in the comments.
    • 44' Two minutes additional time given.
    • 43' Swansea are dropping deep now to see this half out, but they counter with typical speed before Sigurdsson loses possession.
    • 42' That looked like a good crossing-position to me, but Sigurdsson elects to pass it back to Caulker instead.
    • 41' Adam Drury with a mistimed tackle on Dyer and gets booked for his troubles. Free-kick to Swansea.
    • 40' Constant pressure from Swansea in the final five minutes of the first half, but Taylor's shot from distance goes way wide and Norwich can breathe again.
    • 39' Dyer breaks and plays it out wide to Sinclair who crosses first time. Danny Graham is poised to make it 2-0 when Elliot Ward slides in from nowhere and clears for a corner. Tremendous tackle from the defender.
    • 38' I can't imagine Paul Lambert will be too disappointed with this performance. His side are finding space on the flanks and seeing a lot of the ball. If they can carve out a few more chances, a goal won't be far away.
    • 36' Great cross from Pilkington as Surman heads straight at Vorm from six yards out. The midfielder should have done better with that delicious cross from the winger.
    • 35' Norwich give the ball back to Swansea and they can rebuild from the back.
    • 34' The Norwich left-back is getting treatment now - looks as though he got caught by Rangel as he cleared the ball. He looks fine, so should come back on.
    • 33' Drury is down injured but Swansea carry on playing but luckily for the Canaries, Danny Graham's shot is blocked well by Martin.
    • 32' Norwich need to get the ball to Holt for him to hold up and allow the midfield to support him if they want to get any joy out of this Swansea defence.
    • 31' Sigurdsson delivers a vicious free-kick but Caulker fouls Drury and is penalised.
    • 30' Russell Martin mounts Danny Graham and gives away a free kick just inside the Norwich half. He's moaning about it, but it was definitely a foul.
    • 29' Swansea look a lot more comfortable on the ball now, but they're still giving away possession in the final third.
    • 28' Jackson and Pilkington link up on the left and Grant Holt heads the resulting cross way over the bar. Norwich are finding some space down the left flank - Rangel is being kept very busy.
    • 27' A poor corner gets cleared as far as Pilkington on the edge of the area, who sees his shot deflected for a corner. The follow-up is another poor delivery and it's cleared once again.
    • 26' Holt trots down the left wing and puts in a low cross towards Jackson but Caulker clears for a corner.
    • 25' That was Danny Graham's ninth Premier League goal this season, the most for an uncapped English player.
    • 24' Angel Rangel goes down like a sack of spuds and complains that Holt has elbowed him int he face. He didn't, it was a slight accidental brush across his chin but Martin Atkinson awards a free-kick.
    • 23' Well, that was against the run-of-play, but Swansea won't be complaining. Paul Lambert will be livid though - it was such a good start from Norwich and to switch off like that is very, very poor.
    • 22' GOAL to Swansea! Just like that, Nathan Dyer plays in Danny Graham with a great pass and the striker scores a lovely goal as he curls the ball past Ruddy.
    • 22' Holt kicks Steven Caulker in the belly entirely accidently, but it still looks painful.
    • 21' Dyer plays in Rangel on the right but his cross is cut out by Ruddy before it can reach Graham.
    • 20' Norwich really upping the tempo now and have are forcing Swansea back. Grant Holt tries a first-time shot from distance, but it's an easy save for Vorm.
    • 19' Ward heads Pilkington's corner down to Holt and his shot comes off his shin and skews off towards the opposite touchline. One to forget, there.
    • 18' Another corner to Norwich thanks to Jackson. He's a tricky one, isn't he?
    • 17' The home side are really struggling to get the ball forward. Danny Graham is isolated as the lone-striker with Dyer and Sinclair being marked out of the game.
    • 16' Norwich are doing very well at disrupting Swansea's style of football. Brendan Rodgers doesn't look happy at all on the touchline.
    • 15' The brilliant Michel Vorm gathers very easily from that corner. He looks as confident as ever today. Has he been the best goalkeeper in the Premier League this season?
    • 14' Jackson takes on Caulker and puts in a great cross which Taylor puts out for a corner.
    • 13' Grant Holt is doing his level best to disrupt the Swansea wall as Pilkington hits the free-kick but it's a comfortable save for Vorm in the end. Bit disappointing, that.
    • 12' Leon Britton gets all tangled up with Simeon Jackson and gives away a free-kick.
    • 11' A very hopefull cross from Drury is cleared and McEachran breaks with Dyer. Swansea aren't quick enough and Norwich get back in numbers.
    • 10' Pilkington cuts in from the left and tries to curl a shot past Vorm in but his effort goes wide.
    • 9' Great angled pass from Fox but it's a little too quick for Bennett as the ball goes out of play.
    • 8' Martin Atkinson gets in the way of play as the ball hits him. Swansea were looking to attack there and boos echo round the ground.
    • 7' Norwich are starting to see more of the ball at the moment; Jackson and Holt are pushing high up the pitch and proving to be hand outlets for the Norwich midfield.
    • 6' Swansea are taking their time so far, with Vorm taking the un-Swansea-like approach of hitting a few long balls.
    • 5' A mistake by Russell Martin plays in Sigurdsson on the edge of the area with Ruddy off his line, but the defender slides in at the very last moment to block the shot. Good recovery from Martin there.
    • 4' Dyer tries to cross for Swansea and the deflection almost reaches Danny Graham, but the former Middlesbrough striker can't quite reach it.
    • 3' Swansea are pressing Norwich very quickly, giving them little time on the ball and causing mistakes.
    • 2' Swansea start in the traditional style, passing the ball round the pitch with every player getting an early touch. The pitch, as ever, lovely lovely.
    • 1' Swansea get the first half under way at the Liberty Stadium. The sun is shining and the pitch is in the shade, a lovey day for a game of football.
    • 14:58 Lambert and Rodgers are having a wee chat on the touchline before kick-off, it all looks very friendly.
    • 14:56 The two teams are doing the obligatory handshake before the game, no Luis Suarez histrionics here though.
    • 14:55 6-0 to Norwich says Joe in our comments section. That's certainly optimistic!
    • 14:49 We've got Martin Atkinson refereeing today, he's handed out more red cards than any other referee this season with seven.
    • 14:40 Despite Norwich's fine away form, they face an incredibly tough task today. Can they do what Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea couldn't and snatch an away win? Swansea have won six and lost none of their last eight home matches in all competitions against the Canaries.
    • 14:40 Swansea's Danny Graham has netted four goals in his last three league games against Norwich City. Could be a shout for first goalscorer right there.
    • 14:36 Both these sides are in good form, Swansea have won three and lost just one of their last seven Premier League matches while Norwich have lost just one of their last six Premier League games.
    • 14:35 In a contrast of styles, Swansea have committed fewer fouls than any other Premier League side, with just 202 chalked up.
    • 14:35 Grant Holt has committed 56 fouls in the Premier League this season, more than any other player in the league.
    • 14:34 How about a couple of tasty stats before kick-off? Go on, everybody loves a stat. Try these on for size...
    • 14:33 Norwich haven't completed the league double over Swansea since way back in 1961-62, winning 2-1 at home and 3-0 away. What do you think, can they do it again?
    • 14:32 The last time these two teams met, Norwich came out 3-1 winners at Carrow Road thanks to two goals from Anthony Pilkington and one for Russell Martin while Danny Graham, scored for Swansea. Don't think we can expect that sort of scoreline today though.
    • 14:26 Norwich make three changes from the side that beat Bolton, with Elliot Ward making his first start of the season after six months out with a knee problem. Wes Hoolahan drops to the bench in favour of Elliott Bennett and Russell Martin comes in for Ayala.
    • 14:26 Josh McEachran comes in for Joe Allen in Brendan Rodgers' only change from last week's win over West Brom.
    • 14:22 Norwich team: Ruddy; Naughton, Ward, Martin, Drury; Pilkington, Surman, Fox, Bennett; Holt, Jackson. SUBS: Steer, Johnson, Morison, Crofts, Hoolahan, Barnett, Wilbraham
    • 14:21 Team news in from The Liberty Stadium. Swansea: Vorm; Rangel, Williams, Caulker, Taylor; Britton, Sigurdsson, McEachran, Dyer; Sinclair, Graham. SUBS: Tremmel, Richards, Monk, Gower, Routledge, Moore, Lita.
    • 14:08 It's a battle of the promoted clubs today; Swansea the purists and Norwich the realists. Brendan Rodgers’ side come into the game on the back of a 2-1 win at West Brom while Paul Lambert’s Canaries look to make it two wins in a row after beating Bolton last week.
    • 14:03 Good afternoon folks, and welcome to the LIVE coverage of Swansea City v Norwich City from the Liberty Stadium.
  • Summary

    • 90+5 Caulker smashes a shot into a pile of players in the box, it hits Lita and goes out for a goal-kick.
    • 90+1 Danny Graham has his head in his hands after going so close. Sigurdsson hits the ball across goal and the striker fires inches wide from 12 yards out.
    • 86' GOAL! Danny Graham steps up and sends John Ruddy the wrong way from the penalty spot. 2-3 to Norwich now, this should be some final five minutes!
    • 85' PENALTY! Grant Holt pulls Ashley Williams' shirt and Martin Atkinson awards a spot-kick. No complaints.
    • 74' What a shot from Naughton! The defender picks up a short corner from Surman and spanks a shot towards goal. Michel Vorm tips the ball acrobatically onto the bar and it bounces clear. So close from the Spurs loanee.
    • 63' Elliot Bennet slips a sweet pass through to Holt who runs down the right wing and smashes a low shot past Vorm. Incredible.
    • 63' 3-1 NORWICH! Unbelivable!
    • 50' 2-1 NORWICH! Andrew Surman dinks a pass through to Bennett who runs to the edge of the area before cutting it back for Anthony Pilkington to shoot. It looked like it was going wide until it struck Neil Taylor and wrong-footed Michel Vorm.
    • 49' Off the post! Caulker heads Surman's corner against the Norwich post! It's a frantic start to the second half.
    • 48' Back at the other end, Graham races clear through but can't round the keeper as Ruddy saves his shot and it goes for a corner.
    • 47' GOAL to Norwich! Fox's free-kick was cleared to Martin. The defender's volley wasgoing out for a goal-kick before Ward played it back across goal for Holt to head in. The Swansea defenders were at a standstill, thinking the ball was going out of play. Incredible scenes.
    • 39' Dyer breaks and plays it out wide to Sinclair who crosses first time. Danny Graham is poised to make it 2-0 when Elliot Ward slides in from nowhere and clears for a corner. Tremendous tackle from the defender.
    • 36' Great cross from Pilkington as Surman heads straight at Vorm from six yards out. The midfielder should have done better with that delicious cross from the winger.
    • 22' GOAL to Swansea! Just like that, Nathan Dyer plays in Danny Graham with a great pass and the striker scores a lovely goal as he curls the ball past Ruddy.

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