Monday April 9, 2012 Day 33 Finished White Hart Lane

Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 2 Norwich City

  • Defoe 32’
  • Pilkington 13’
  • Bennett 66’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Tottenham Hotspur
    • Norwich City
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    • 90+5' FULL TIME. Norwich get a famous win at White Hart Lane and it is fully deserved too. Elliott Bennett with a brilliant winner on an afternoon when Norwich could have had three penalties. Spurs look in trouble now.
    • 90+5' Bale hammers in a shot from the left and although Ruddy initially appears caught in two minds he clasps hold of the ball. Just seconds remaining now.
    • 90+3' Adebayor penalised for a poor challenge and Norwich have the chance to run the clock down.
    • 90+1' We will have five minutes of added time.
    • 90' Johnson smacks a shot into Nelsen but when the ball bounces back to him he curls an effort just wide of the post. Norwich aren't exactly sitting on this lead.
    • 89' A cross from Morison strikes the arm of Nelsen and it should have been a penalty again for Norwich! That is three they have not been given now.
    • 88' Adebayor penalised for handball as another attack peters out for Tottenham.
    • 86' Modric tries to get a shot away from just outside the box but loses his balance when swinging his boot at the ball.
    • 84' Johnson lashes one over the bar as Norwich go in search of a third goal.
    • 83' So Spurs have seven minutes remaining to turn this around. Newcastle are now winning 2-0 and Chelsea can also draw level if they beat Fulham later.
    • 81' Morison gets onto a long ball to the back post and heads back across goal. However, the ball slides out of play after failing to find a Norwich shirt.
    • 80' Wilbraham will be unable to continue after taking a big bang to the head and Simeon Jackson replaces him.
    • 78' Ouch. Van der Vaart and Wilbraham are in a sickening clash of heads and both men will require treatment.
    • 77' Stat from Infostrada: "Tottenham are unbeaten in their last six PL games against Norwich, since a 3-1 defeat in December 1993 – Chris Sutton (2) and Efan Ekoku scored the goals."
    • 75' Up the other end, Bale heads just wide as Spurs push for an equaliser. As things stand they will be level with Newcastle on 59 points, two behind Arsenal who will have played a game less. Newcastle are winning 1-0 at home to Bolton.
    • 74' Howson has space in the box when getting on the end of a long ball but passes up the chance to shoot and instead his pass for Wilbraham is poor.
    • 73' Another change for Norwich as Pilkington is replaced by Andrew Surman.
    • 72' Stat from Infostrada: "Tottenham’s only home defeats this season were against the Manchester clubs, 5-1 to City and 3-1 to United."
    • 71' Spurs make a positive change as Rafael van der Vaart comes on for Livermore in midfield.
    • 70' A change for Norwich as Holt is replaced by Steve Morison.
    • 68' Walker attempts to get into the act with a ridiculous effort from 40 yards that flies high into the stands.
    • 67' This has been a quite brilliant second half so far. More of the same please.
    • 66' GOAL! Tottenham 1-2 Norwich! Elliott Bennett with a superb strike to put Norwich back in front! Martin plays the ball into the midfielder and with Spurs stepping off, he advances to the edge of the box before hammering a glorious shot inside the far post. Wow.
    • 65' Fantastic, breathless end-to-end stuff at present. Really exciting stuff.
    • 64' Tottenham hit the woodwork! Modric releases Bale with a fine pass to the right of the box and the winger cuts back onto his left before firing a shot against the bar!
    • 62' Spurs race up the other end and Elliott Bennett goes into the book for bringing down Defoe. Norwich are furious about missing out on a penalty again.
    • 61' More controversy! Wilbraham is knocked to ground in the penalty area by Adebayor as the ball is dropping from the air and that could well have been a spot-kick.
    • 59' Now Johnson goes into the book for pulling back Lennon. A silly booking.
    • 58' Great chance for Norwich! Holt appeared offside when running onto a pass in the left channel but dinks a fine pass to Johnson at the back post. The bouncing ball is then hammered over by the midfielder, who really should have scored.
    • 56' Lennon feeds Bale on the edge of the box and his fearsome strike takes a minor deflection before flying off target. The corner comes in for Nelsen but his first-time effort soars over.
    • 55' Pilkington floats a long free kick into the box and Johnson hooks his boot at the ball to connect on the volley. However, he doesn't get the necessary power behind it and Friedel catches on his line.
    • 53' Great save by Ruddy! Assou-Ekotto slips the ball forward to Adebayor in the box and the striker flicks a return pass into the path of the left-back with his heel. It's a lovely touch, equalled only by Ruddy's save as he prevents Assou-Ekotto from slotting the ball home.
    • 52' Elliott Bennett fouls Assou-Ekotto when going in late on the Frenchman and he hobbles away. However, Spurs won't be pressed into another change as Assou-Ekotto can play on.
    • 51' Pilkington is tasked with taking the free kick but gets it completely wrong as the ball flies high over the bar. That is a poor attempt.
    • 50' Pilkington and Wilbraham combine before the former is brought down by a clumsy challenge from Walker. That's a yellow all day long.
    • 49' Pilkington with a dangerous corner from the left but Holt can't get the necessary connection as the ball squirms away.
    • 47' Chance for Spurs! Early in the second half Lennon finds space down the right and cuts the ball back for Bale, 15 yards from goal. However, his first-time effort with the instep of his left boot is blocked by a Norwich shirt.
    • 46' Tottenham change: Emmanuel Adebayor has replaced Saha in attack.
    • 46' KICK OFF!
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    • 45+2' HALF TIME. Spurs can consider themselves to be fortunate to be level as Norwich should have had a penalty when leading 1-0. Less than a minute later, Defoe equalised.
    • 45+2' It is a like-for-like replacement for Spurs but Kaboul has been in fine form this season and his absence will be felt.
    • 45+1' Here is the change as Nelsen comes on for Kaboul, who appeared to tweak his knee when landing after making that earlier header.
    • 45' Kaboul is down injured and is wincing when receiving treatment. Spurs are getting Ryan Nelsen ready on the sidelines.
    • 44' Pilkington plays the ball forward to Holt, who has eluded King once again. However, his attempt to loft the ball over Friedel on the turn is poor as the ball soars into the stands.
    • 43' Kaboul leaps to meet a deep free kick at the back post but can't direct his header on target.
    • 42' Stat from Opta: "Tottenham have scored in their last 22 league games on home soil."
    • 41' Holt gets in behind the Spurs defence to meet a dangerous inswinger from Pilkington but he is ruled offside when just failing to connect properly with his head.
    • 40' Bale and Modric combine tidily in midfield before Walker wins a corner, despite the ball appearing to run out of play just before his cross deflected behind. Norwich go unpunished though.
    • 38' Howson slips a quick, neat pass into Pilkington and the winger tries to curl the ball into Holt at the back post, only to over hit his cross.
    • 37' Stat from Infostrada: "Jermain Defoe’s previous 11 PL goals were all scored in the second half."
    • 36' Norwich boss Lambert remonstrated with the match officials after King went unpunished but there's not a lot you can do after the decision has been made. Norwich should have been 2-0 up against a 10-man Spurs side; instead they are 1-1 against 11 men.
    • 35' Norwich exploit yet more unconvincing defending as Ward gets onto a free kick from Elliott Bennett at the back post and sees his excellent volley repelled by Friedel.
    • 34' Norwich will be absolutely furious as replays confirm that King did in fact King did have his hands all over Holt as he brought him to ground.
    • 33' GOAL! Tottenham 1-0 Norwich! Livermore releases Defoe with a superb through-ball after Norwich are caught in possession and Defoe draws Ruddy before lifting the ball over the keeper. What a finish.
    • 32' Controversy! Holt denied what looks to be a very strong claim for a penalty. He turns King and then appears to be dragged to ground by the centre-back.
    • 31' Spurs chase up the other end and a low cross from Bale from the left fizzes across the face of goal with Defoe just unable to connect as he slides in.
    • 30' The ball is rolled off to Johnson and his thunderous effort hits the base of the wall. A bit of a wasted opportunity.
    • 29' Defoe penalised for a push on Johnson just outside the box. Norwich have a free kick in a dangerous area...
    • 28' Now Friedel is called into action to tip wide a wicked inswinging free kick from the right. Norwich win a corner as a result but Kaboul heads clear.
    • 27' Walker hits the byline and delivers a dangerous cross that Ruddy gets his fingers to. Russell Martin then turns it behind for a corner when clearing but Spurs waste the set-piece.
    • 26' Stat from Infostrada: "Norwich City are the first club this season to have 10 English players in the starting line-up."
    • 25' Norwich's presence in the Spurs box causes problems from a corner but Bale breaks quickly and sees a well-hit effort deflect wide for a corner. Nothing comes of the set-piece.
    • 23' Jake Livermore tries to find Bale on the left with a sweeping diagonal pass but the ball is cut out just as the winger appears ready to collect and burst forward.
    • 22' Stat from Opta: "Spurs have kept just one clean sheet in their last six home league games."
    • 21' Jonny Howson retains possession with a clever flick in midfield. Well, he has been compared to Andres Iniesta by Paul Lambert of course.
    • 20' Stat from Infostada: "Anthony Pilkington with his eighth PL goal of the season. The previous six matches in which he scored resulted in five wins and one defeat for Norwich."
    • 19' Gareth Bale, who has been quiet so far, appears to be struggling with a possible groin problem. He was a doubt before the game due to a knock picked up against Sunderland.
    • 17' Normally the return of King from a knee injury results in a more accomplished Tottenham performance at the back. Not today: they have been a shambles in the last five minutes or so.
    • 16' More dodgy defending as King plays the ball into the path of Pilkington as he tries to clear from his own box. However, the goalscorer takes a heavy touch and loses control himself.
    • 14' That was a sloppy goal to concede from Tottenham's point of view but they have been a touch rattled by Norwich's energy and application so far.
    • 13' GOAL! Tottenham 0-1 Norwich! It is Anthony Pilkington with the goal for the visitors! Poor defending from Spurs as first Kaboul loses possession on the edge of his own box and then Walker and King contrive to deflect the ball into the path of the midfielder, who slots the ball home calmly.
    • 12' Modric has a shot from a tight angle deflected behind for a corner but Ruddy does well from the set-piece as he comes off his line to claim the ball.
    • 11' Panic in defence for Tottenham. Norwich threaten to break in behind the home back four through Grant Holt and after Kyle Walker touches the ball back to Brad Friedel, he has to nick it away from Holt as he charges in.
    • 10' Saha produces a fine piece of control on his chest following a long ball but Ryan Bennett tidies up.
    • 9' Norwich clear from a Spurs corner but Aaron Lennon takes up possession again and delivers a deep cross to the back post where Younes Kaboul is unable to pull the ball down as he leaps in the air.
    • 8' Defoe drifts into the box but Norwich clear for a throw in an advanced position. Luka Modric plays in Saha in the box and when the ball rolls free the Croatian is unable to then collect himself.
    • 6' Stat from Opta: "Tottenham have lost just two of their last 33 Premier League games at White Hart Lane (W20 D11 L2)."
    • 5' Bradley Johnson chases onto a ball over the top of the Spurs defence but the midfielder times his run poorly and is caught offside.
    • 4' Chance for Spurs! Jermain Defoe finds space in the box and lays the ball off to Louis Saha, who sees his firm low effort spilled by John Ruddy, forcing Norwich to scramble the ball clear.
    • 3' Norwich are also 4-4-2, ensuring this game has a rather traditional feel to it with regards tactics at least.
    • 2' Spurs line up in the 4-4-2 that has not served them particularly well so far this season and Norwich are quick to put left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto under pressure.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 15:00 The players stream onto the pitch, shake hands and start limbering up. Just minutes from kick-off now.
    • 14:55 Are you on that Twitter thing? Yeah? Why not follow me then. Go on, you may as well. Follow Tom Adams on Twitter!
    • 14:50 Chelsea and Newcastle are both three points behind Spurs at the start of play. Chelsea host Fulham in a west London derby at 8pm while Newcastle host Bolton at 3pm. You can follow the latter game live here.
    • 14:45 Tottenham may be in a difficult run of form but they have an easy run-in with six games remaining. Harry Redknapp is certainly calm about their chances of qualifying for the Champions League. More here.
    • 14:40 Norwich striker Grant Holt scored his 13th of the season against Everton and has been tipped as a possible shock contender for a place in the England squad for Euro 2012. The player himself says it is his dream.
    • 14:35 Here are some stats to get you in the mood: "Norwich have failed to score in their last five Premier League games against Spurs. The Canaries have won just one of the last 13 games against Spurs in all competitions (W1 D2 L10)."
    • 14:30 Scott Parker is sidelined due to injury for Spurs so Jake Livermore comes into midfield. Ledley King, Aaron Lennon, Louis Saha and Jermain Defoe also come in as Harry Redknapp makes five changes from the side that drew at Sunderland. Norwich bring in Bradley Johnson, Anthony Pilkington and Aaron Wilbraham for Wes Hoolahan, David Fox and Andrew Surman after drawing 2-2 with Everton.
    • 14:25 TEAMS: Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Livermore, Modric, Bale, Saha, Defoe. Subs: Cudicini, Adebayor, Van der Vaart, Kranjcar, Rose, Sandro, Nelsen. /// Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Ryan Bennett, Ward, Drury, Elliott Bennett, Howson, Johnson, Pilkington, Holt, Wilbraham. Subs: Steer, Morison, Crofts, Jackson, Surman, Hoolahan, Barnett.
    • 14:20 Spurs - who have won only one game in seven and drew 0-0 at Sunderland on Saturday - will go a point above rivals Arsenal in third with a victory today. They start the day only three clear of Newcastle and Chelsea in the final Champions League place.
    • 14:15 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Premier League game between Tottenham and Norwich at White Hart Lane.
  • Summary

    • 90' Johnson smacks a shot into Nelsen but when the ball bounces back to him he curls an effort just wide of the post. Norwich aren't exactly sitting on this lead.
    • 89' A cross from Morison strikes the arm of Nelsen and it should have been a penalty again for Norwich! That is three they have not been given now.
    • 78' Ouch. Van der Vaart and Wilbraham are in a sickening clash of heads and both men will require treatment.
    • 74' Howson has space in the box when getting on the end of a long ball but passes up the chance to shoot and instead his pass for Wilbraham is poor.
    • 66' GOAL! Tottenham 1-2 Norwich! Elliott Bennett with a superb strike to put Norwich back in front! Martin plays the ball into the midfielder and with Spurs stepping off, he advances to the edge of the box before hammering a glorious shot inside the far post. Wow.
    • 64' Tottenham hit the woodwork! Modric releases Bale with a fine pass to the right of the box and the winger cuts back onto his left before firing a shot against the bar!
    • 61' More controversy! Wilbraham is knocked to ground in the penalty area by Adebayor as the ball is dropping from the air and that could well have been a spot-kick.
    • 58' Great chance for Norwich! Holt appeared offside when running onto a pass in the left channel but dinks a fine pass to Johnson at the back post. The bouncing ball is then hammered over by the midfielder, who really should have scored.
    • 53' Great save by Ruddy! Assou-Ekotto slips the ball forward to Adebayor in the box and the striker flicks a return pass into the path of the left-back with his heel. It's a lovely touch, equalled only by Ruddy's save as he prevents Assou-Ekotto from slotting the ball home.
    • 47' Chance for Spurs! Early in the second half Lennon finds space down the right and cuts the ball back for Bale, 15 yards from goal. However, his first-time effort with the instep of his left boot is blocked by a Norwich shirt.
    • 35' Norwich exploit yet more unconvincing defending as Ward gets onto a free kick from Elliott Bennett at the back post and sees his excellent volley repelled by Friedel.
    • 33' GOAL! Tottenham 1-0 Norwich! Livermore releases Defoe with a superb through-ball after Norwich are caught in possession and Defoe draws Ruddy before lifting the ball over the keeper. What a finish.
    • 32' Controversy! Holt denied what looks to be a very strong claim for a penalty. He turns King and then appears to be dragged to ground by the centre-back.
    • 30' The ball is rolled off to Johnson and his thunderous effort hits the base of the wall. A bit of a wasted opportunity.
    • 13' GOAL! Tottenham 0-1 Norwich! It is Anthony Pilkington with the goal for the visitors! Poor defending from Spurs as first Kaboul loses possession on the edge of his own box and then Walker and King contrive to deflect the ball into the path of the midfielder, who slots the ball home calmly.
    • 11' Panic in defence for Tottenham. Norwich threaten to break in behind the home back four through Grant Holt and after Kyle Walker touches the ball back to Brad Friedel, he has to nick it away from Holt as he charges in.
    • 4' Chance for Spurs! Jermain Defoe finds space in the box and lays the ball off to Louis Saha, who sees his firm low effort spilled by John Ruddy, forcing Norwich to scramble the ball clear.
    • 14:25 TEAMS: Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Livermore, Modric, Bale, Saha, Defoe. Subs: Cudicini, Adebayor, Van der Vaart, Kranjcar, Rose, Sandro, Nelsen. /// Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Ryan Bennett, Ward, Drury, Elliott Bennett, Howson, Johnson, Pilkington, Holt, Wilbraham. Subs: Steer, Morison, Crofts, Jackson, Surman, Hoolahan, Barnett.

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