Sunderland struggled in the first half, and an energetic Norwich City took advantage with an energetic performance.
Twelve minutes later, Alexander Tettey let fly with a brilliant volley from 25 yards out, straight into the top corner.
The limp display forced Gus Poyet to swap Jack Colback and Ki Sung-Yeung for Sebastian Larsson and Lee Cattermole before half time. Two minutes later, they had a penalty turned down.
City started brightly in the second half, with Ricky van Wolfswinkel having a header tipped over. Brown then thumped a close-range header straight at John Ruddy. Norwich had the best chance as Snodgrass curled a free-kick just over. Defeat was guaranteed when Marcos Alonso was sent off for a second yellow card in the 92nd minute.
20’ - SNODGRASS GOAL - A low cross from Martin Olsson is passed by Wes Brown to Elmander, who tees up Snodgrass to score.
32’ - TETTEY VOLLEY - Tettey makes it two with a wonderful volley from outside the box, after John O’Shea heads clear.
41’ - SUNDERLAND PENALTY APPEAL - As the ball is played from Jozy Altidore to Fabio Borini on the right, Olsson grapples with Phil Bardsley, and Sunderland’s penalty appeals are turned down.
48’ - VAN WOLFSWINKEL HEADER - Hoolahan’s cross is headed into the ground, and Vito Mannone tips it over the bar.
51’ - BROWN HEADER - A great cross from Johnson is straight at Ruddy after Brown heads at the back post.
75’ - HOOLAHAN CHANCE - Wes Hoolahan plays a one-two with Hooper on the edge of the box but his low shot is easily saved.
83’ - SNODGRASS FREE-KICK - Norwich go close as Snodgrass curls a 25-yard effort just over.
90+2’ - ALONSO RED CARD - Alonso receives a second yellow for either a handball or an elbow as he challenged for a corner.
Norwich have scored two goals in the first half of a PL match for the first time since Dec 2012 (4-3 win at Swansea, was 3-0 at HT) – and for the first time in the PL at home since their 2-1 home win v today’s opponents Sunderland on Dec 2nd 2012.
Norwich have won all their previous eight PL matches where they have led by a two-goal margin (or better) at half-time.
Norwich lead by a two-goal margin (or better) at half-time at home for the first time since their 2-0 home win v Aston Villa in May 2012.
Do Sunderland need a new new manager? Gus Poyet’s Brighton team played attractive football, but showed little steel. That’s what is needed now. While it would make less than no sense to bring Paolo Di Canio back again, a manager who also favoured a disciplinarian approach could not lead his side to a worse performance than Poyet did today.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Alexander Tettey (Norwich City): Norwich did not have to play anywhere near close to well to beat a rotten Sunderland, so Tettey deserves the award for a preposterously well-struck volley for Norwich.
Norwich: Ruddy 6, Martin 6, Yobo 6, Bassong 6, Olsson 7, Snodgrass 6, Howson 6, Tettey 7, Hoolahan 6, Elmander 6, van Wolfswinkel 6. Subs: Johnson 6, Hooper 6, Redmond 6.
Sunderland: Mannone 6, Bardsley 5, Alonso 5, O'Shea 5, Brown 5, Bridcutt 4, Colback 4, Ki 4, Johnson 5, Borini 5, Altidore 5. Subs: Larsson 5, Scocco 5, Cattermole 5.
MATCH IN A TWEET
- Sports & Recreation
- Norwich City
- Alexander Tettey
- Robert Snodgrass
- Gus Poyet
- Johan Elmander