Norwich 2 Scunthorpe 1: Hoolahan and Rudd rescue Hughton
23:17 GMT, 28 August 2012
Wes Hoolahan's penalty sent Norwich into round three but boss Chris Hughton was forced to concede: 'We made hard work of it.'
Hughton made 11 changes from the side
that drew 1-1 with QPR at the weekend and young keeper Declan Rudd
grabbed a rare chance to impress.
But despite key saves from Andy Barcham, Mike Grella and David Prutton his reward is likely to be a move away from Carrow Road.
Up for it: Norwich City's David Fox challenges Scunthorpe's Robbis Gibbons (right)
Norwich: Rudd, Francomb, Turner, Ryan Bennett, Tierney, Fox, Lappin (Pilkington 52), Hoolahan, Surman, Morison (Jackson 80), Chris Martin. Subs Not Used: Ruddy, Russell Martin, Johnson, Holt, Barnett.
Goals: Lappin 32,Hoolahan 56 pen.
Scunthorpe: Slocombe, Ribeiro, Mirfin, Canavan, Newey, Duffy, Gibbons, Walker (Prutton 66), Ryan, Barcham (Grant 80), Grella (Jennings 80). Subs Not Used: Severn, Hughes, Howe, Keegan.
Goals: Duffy 34.
Ref: Phil Gibbs (West Midlands).
Houghton, who confirmed he had made an enquiry for Blackburn’s Mark Bunn, added: ‘Declan did really well but needs to be playing regularly.'
Despite his heroics, the 21-year-old is not yet ready to challenge newly-capped England international John Ruddy for the number one spot.
Hughton saw Simon Lappin open the scoring with his first goal in almost five years, a fierce effort from 20 yards out.
But the League One basement side, without a point from their opening three games, hit back immediately.
Mark Duffy came in from the right and struck a magnificent drive that beat Rudd and flew into the top corner.
Hoolahan, skipper for the night, converted a 56th minute penalty after he hit the deck under Niall Canavan’s challenge.
Hughton added: ‘We expected Scunthorpe to be motivated and they made it difficult for us.’
Scunthorpe boss Alan Knill said: ‘We had a real go and we come out of the game with credit.
‘We never gave up. We’re not sure it was a penalty either. We thought Niall won the ball – but unfortunately the ref didn’t agree.’
Relief: Norwich City's manager Chris Hughton
Up and overL Norwich City's George Francomb
It was the visitors who made the
brightest start to the game and winger Andy Barcham could have put them
ahead as early as the third minute.
The former Tottenham youngster wriggled free in the Norwich penalty area before forcing a reaction save out of Declan Rudd.
then came close moments later but neither Steve Morison nor Michael
Turner could make a telling connection to David Fox's inswinging corner.
Chris Martin's speculative bicycle kick failed to hit the target with the game lacking a cutting edge in the opening exchanges.
Canaries had managed to establish a level of dominance by the half hour
mark and were rewarded with the opening goal soon after.
Andrew Surman played a pass in field to
Lappin who took a touch before firing past Sam Slocombe in the
Scunthorpe goal from 25 yards out.
Alan Knill's side have lost all three of their League One games so far this season but they did not let their heads drop and were level two minutes later.
Christian Ribeiro picked out Duffy who curled in an effort from 30 yards that went in off the inside of the post with Rudd well beaten.
Norwich were nearly back in front soon
after but defender Ryan Bennett headed Surman's corner just wide of the
post under pressure from two Scunthorpe defenders.
the game approaching half-time Scunthorpe were arguably the better side
but a mix-up between Slocombe and Ribeiro from a Hoolahan cross almost
gave the Barclays Premier League side the lead but the loose ball
Heads up: Norwich City's Steve Morison outjumps Scunthorpe's Tom Newey
Hands on: Norwich's Wes Hoolahan (right) holds off Mark Duffy
Concern: Norwich City's Simon Lappin lies injured before leaving the field
The home side
made the better start to the second half and another chance fell to
Lappin but his shot was bravely blocked by Iron defender David Mirfin.
Lappin took a knock during the challenge and was unable to continue, with Hughton introducing Anthony Pilkington in his place.
Norwich were not disrupted by the change and were back in front after 55 minutes.
was brought down in the area by Niall Canavan after a neat interchange
with Morison and the Canaries' skipper picked himself up and duly
converted the penalty.
second goal seemed to give Norwich the impetus and they came close to a
third moments later as Surman fired the ball across goal from a tight
angle with Slocombe only able parry his effort into the middle of the
penalty area, although the ball was cleared before a Norwich player
could latch onto it.
In control: Scunthorpe's Jimmy Ryan takes on Marc Tierney
Scunthorpe were still showing signs of
getting back into the game as Mike Grella beat the offside trap and
drew a smart save from Rudd with just over 25 minutes remaining.
Norwich full-back George Francomb
fired just wide of Slocombe's far post when he was picked out by Fox
while unattended on the edge of the Scunthorpe penalty area with the
Canaries starting to keep hold of the ball for longer spells.
hosts should have scored a decisive third goal 15 minutes from time but
Surman headed Marc Tierney's cross straight into the arms of Slocombe.
Scunthorpe almost punished Norwich for their wastefulness in front of goal as Rudd was forced to tip over a spectacular long-range volley from debutant David Prutton.
The former Nottingham Forest man's effort was the last real attacking threat offered by Knill's side with Norwich taking the sting out of the game in the final 10 minutes.
The five minutes of stoppage time signalled by the fourth official would have given Scunthorpe some hope but Norwich kept possession expertly to secure their safe progression into the third round of the competition.