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Norwich 3 Manchester City 4 – match report

Norwich 3 Man City 4: Dzeko and Aguero ensure 10-man champions edge thriller

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UPDATED:

17:38 GMT, 29 December 2012

Manchester City overcame the controversial sending-off of midfielder Samir Nasri to beat Norwich 4-3 in a thrilling Barclays Premier League clash at Carrow Road.

The champions, beaten at Sunderland on Boxing Day, were off to a flying start when they went 2-0 up inside four minutes after Edin Dzeko's quick brace.

Norwich reduced the deficit through Anthony Pilkington's deflected free-kick, before Nasri was shown a red card by referee Mike Jones on 44 minutes for putting his head into the face of Sebastien Bassong.

Star of the show: Edin Dzeko scored within two minutes for Manchester City

Star of the show: Edin Dzeko scored within two minutes for Manchester City

MATCH FACTS

Norwich: Bunn, R Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Johnson, Snodgrass, Pilkington, Hoolahan (Jackson 74), Tettey (Howson 57), Morison (Kane 45)

Subs not used: Rudd, Barnett, R Bennett, E Bennett

Goal: Pilkington 15, Martin 63, 75

Booked: Bassong, Pilkington

Man City: Hart, Kompany, Zabaleta, Clichy, Nastasic, Nasri, Barry, Silva (Milner 56), Y Toure, Dzeko (Lescott 81), Aguero (Garcia 90)

Subs not used: Pantilimon, K Toure, Sinclair, Tevez

Goals: Dzeko 2, 4 Aguero 50, Bunn (og) 67

Booked: Clichy

Sent off: Nasri 44

Referee: Mike Jones

Attendance: 26,827

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Sergio Aguero's neat flick made it
3-1 at the start of the second half, before Russell Martin's header
reduced the deficit again.

Dzeko put City back in command at 4-2
after his shot cannoned off the post and in off goalkeeper Mark Bunn,
only for Martin's scrambled effort to set up a grandstand finish.

However, Norwich – who had beaten
both Arsenal and Manchester United at Carrow Road during a 10-match
unbeaten run – could not conjure an equaliser as they suffered a third
successive league defeat.

City were ahead inside two minutes. A
long ball down the left was worked back inside by Aguero and David
Silva for an unmarked Dzeko to sweep home from six yards.

The champions swiftly doubled their lead.

Play was allowed to continue after a crunching tackle from Vincent Kompany on Bradley Johnson.
Aguero was away again, darting into the right side of the Norwich
penalty area before drawing the goalkeeper and then cutting the ball
back to present Dzeko with another tap-in.

The Canaries had been thrashed 6-1
here by City last season, and another such defeat looked on the cards as
the Blues continued to press.

Already Dzeko scored his second early in the match

Already Dzeko scored his second early in the match

Game on: Anthony Pilkington scored a free-kick as the sides went in at 2-1

Game on: Anthony Pilkington scored a free-kick as the sides went in at 2-1

There was some brief respite on 13 minutes when Kompany tripped Robert Snodgrass just outside the Manchester City penalty area.

The Scotland international shaped to
take the free-kick himself, but instead ran over the ball, as Pilkington
drove in a low shot which deflected off Gael Clichy and past Joe Hart.

Bunn then needed to be alert to tip
over a spooned clearance from former City full-back Javier Garrido which
was dropping into the Norwich net following another lighting break from
the visitors.
City remained a threat, as Yaya Toure flashed a 20-yard drive just wide following more patient build-up from the champions.

Class: Sergio Aguero lifts the ball over Mark Bunn to make it 3-1

Class: Sergio Aguero lifts the ball over Mark Bunn to make it 3-1

Back in the goals: Aguero wheeled away after his expertly taken goal

Back in the goals: Aguero wheeled away after his expertly taken goal

Get in: Russell Martin heads home Norwich's second

Get in: Russell Martin heads home Norwich's second

Things got ugly again just before the break when Bassong upended Nasri on the far touchline.

The duo squared up face-to-face, with
Nasri pushing his head into the Norwich defender – which on
consultation with the assistant referee resulted in a red card for the
France midfielder, and a caution for Bassong.

The decision perplexed City boss
Mancini, and left him with some changes to mull over at half-time the
rain started to lash down.

Spicy: Samir Nasri was red-carded for putting his head against Sebastien Bassong's

Spicy: Samir Nasri was red-carded for putting his head against Sebastien Bassong's

Oh dear: Nasri was dismissed just before half-time

Oh dear: Nasri was dismissed just before half-time

Norwich made a substitution just
before the interval, with striker Steve Morison hobbling off because of
what appeared to be a thigh problem and on-loan Harry Kane replacing him
for a first appearance since breaking his metatarsal in September.

City were soon back on the offensive following the restart and restored their two-goal cushion on 50 minutes.

Toure delivered a perfectly-weighted
angled ball which Bassong could not cut out and dropped into the path of
Aguero. The Argentina forward produced an exquisite chip to beat the
advancing keeper and put City back in control.

To their credit, the home side
continued to look to get back into the match, as a low shot from
substitute Jonny Howson's was touched wide by Hart.

From the resulting short-corner, it
was 3-2 when Bassong's header back across the six-yard box from
Snodgrass' clever centre was guided into the top right corner by Martin
on 63 minutes.

However, City quickly restored their advantage as the broke away down the right.

Dzeko sprung the offside trap to
burst into the Norwich penalty area to beat Bunn at the near post, the
ball bouncing off the woodwork, then the keeper's back and into the net.

Unlucky: Dzeko was deprived of a hat-trick when his shot ricocheted in off Bunn

Unlucky: Dzeko was deprived of a hat-trick when his shot ricocheted in off Bunn

Squeaky bum time: Martin scored Norwich's third to make things interesting again

Squeaky bum time: Martin scored Norwich's third to make things interesting again

Whack: Vincent Kompany slides in on Bradley Johnson

Whack: Vincent Kompany slides in on Bradley Johnson

Flying high: Edin Dzeko competes for the ball in the second half

Flying high: Edin Dzeko competes for the ball in the second half

A quite amazing match sparked into
life once more with 15 minutes left when another Norwich corner caused
panic in the City six-yard box as Hart could only half punch clear
before Martin swept the ball in again from point-blank range.

Mancini looked to shore things up when he replaced Dzeko with defender Joleon Lescott.

Bunn redeemed himself with a brilliant one-handed save from Aguero at point-blank range.
Despite five minutes of stoppage time, there was to be no more drama as
City closed out what could prove to be a crucial victory.

Taskmaster: Roberto Mancini issues some instructions from the touchline

Taskmaster: Roberto Mancini issues some instructions from the touchline

Goalscorers: Aguero and Martin (right) were both among the goals

Goalscorers: Aguero and Martin (right) were both among the goals

Rafa Benitez savours Juan Mata masterclass after Chelsea midfielder shoots down Norwich

Benitez savours Mata masterclass after Chelsea midfielder shoots down Norwich

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18:36 GMT, 26 December 2012

Chelsea interim manager Rafael
Benitez hailed Juan Mata as one of the best players in the Barclays
Premier League after the Spaniard struck the winner in a 1-0 victory at
Norwich.

Despite not hitting the heights of
the 8-0 thrashing dished out to Aston Villa on Sunday, Chelsea were the
better side in a game that lacked any sustained quality.

Beauty: Mata broke the deadlock seven minutes before half-time with a long-range effort

Beauty: Mata broke the deadlock seven minutes before half-time with a long-range effort

Delight: Mata celebrates his goal with Ashley Cole

Delight: Mata celebrates his goal with Ashley Cole

Match facts

Norwich:
Bunn, Martin, Turner, Bassong, Garrido, Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson (Howson 82), Pilkington (Morison
78), Hoolahan (Elliott Bennett 88), Holt.

Subs Not Used: Rudd, Jackson, Barnett, Ryan
Bennett.

Booked: Johnson.

Chelsea:
Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole, Mikel (Lampard 73), Luiz, Moses (Hazard
78), Oscar, Mata (Ake 90), Torres.

Subs Not Used: Turnbull, Ferreira, Marin, Piazon.

Booked: Hazard.

Goal: Mata 38.

Att: 26,831

Ref: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire).

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Mata struck from 25 yards in the 38th minute to settle the match and condemn Norwich to a second defeat in four days, with the Canaries failing to truly test Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech over the course of the game.

The win moves the Blues to within four points of Manchester City in the Premier League table and Benitez was full of praise for his compatriot.

'He is playing really well,' he said.

'Even without the ball he is working hard but when we are in possession he is making the difference, I always say the same; if the team are playing well these players can make the difference.

'I think the Premier League has a lot of good players and Mata is one of the best for sure – he can be even better.

'Mata is a player who is dangerous – inside the box and outside the box, we are really pleased with him.

'The team has won three games in a row since Japan…against Man United and Arsenal they (Norwich) have won so we knew it could be tough, I'm pleased for the team and pleased for Juan.'

Star man: The gifted Spaniard scored the only goal in a game of little quality

Star man: The gifted Spaniard scored the only goal in a game of little quality

Closing the gap: Chelsea moved closer to Manchester City, who lost to Sunderland

Closing the gap: Chelsea moved closer to Manchester City, who lost to Sunderland

Benitez left Frank Lampard on the bench for the trip to Norfolk amid speculation he will leave Stamford Bridge next summer.

But the former Liverpool boss was bullish about the future of Lampard and fellow England star Ashley Cole.

'From my position it is very easy, it is a private conversation between
Frank and the club and that is it. He is a good player and I would like
to bring the best from him, that is my position.

'I don't know if Ashley has had the conversations or not but, for me, they are players under contract, good players.

'After being injured like he (Lampard) was, we needed fresh legs and we have to manage the squad,' he said

'We can't play so many game with the same players so we have to manage and everyone is important.'

Resilient: Chelsea kept another clean sheet under Rafael Benitez

Resilient: Chelsea kept another clean sheet under Rafael Benitez

On a roll: Chelsea have won their last three games since returning from the Club World Cup in Japan

On a roll: Chelsea have won their last three games since returning from the Club World Cup in Japan

West Brom 2 Norwich 1: Match report

West Brom 2 Norwich 1: Lukaku heads late winner to end Canaries' unbeaten run

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17:09 GMT, 22 December 2012

West Brom striker Romelu Lukaku smashed Norwich's 10-game unbeaten record in the Barclays Premier League with a late winner at The Hawthorns.

Robert Snodgrass gave the Canaries an early lead after fit again Baggies keeper Ben Foster failed to keep out his dipping free-kick.

Canaries singing: Robert Snodgrass receives congratulations after netting the opener for Norwich

Canaries singing: Robert Snodgrass receives congratulations after netting the opener for Norwich

Match facts

WEST BROM: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Popov, Morrison, Brunt, Odemwingie, Gera (Long 61), Dorrans (Fortune 45), Lukaku (Tamas 83). Subs not used: Myhill, Ridgewell, Rosenberg, Jara.

Goals: Gera 45, Lukaku 82

NORWICH: Bunn, Whittaker (Martin 54), Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Snodgrass, Tettey (Jackson 83), Hoolahan (Howson 72), Johnson, Pilkington, Morison. Subs not used: Steer, Bennett, Barnett, Kane.

Goals: Snodgrass 23.

Booked: Turner

Referee: Martin Atkinson

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But Zoltan Gera ended West Brom's
near six hour goal drought just before the break and then on-loan
Chelsea player Lukaku headed the winner with eight minutes remaining to
leave Baggies boss Steve Clarke hoping the Blues do not decide to recall
their player during the January transfer window.

Victory ended Albion's mini slump from which they had collected only two points from four games after climbing to third spot.

They deserved their success after
looking the more threatening during the second period. But Albion were
also indebted to another rock solid display from central defender Gareth
McAuley.

The Canaries came close to a share of the spoils despite the absence of key striker Grant Holt with a hamstring injury.

In addition to his goal, Snodgrass
was always asking problems of the Albion defence Lukaku came close to
opening the scoring for the Baggies after three minutes.

Dead-ball king: Snodgrass (right) curls the ball home from a free-kick to give the visitors the lead

Dead-ball king: Snodgrass (right) curls the ball home from a free-kick to give the visitors the lead

A big gift: Norwich keeper Mark Bunn reacts after West Brom level

A big gift: Norwich keeper Mark Bunn reacts after West Brom level

The striker made good contact on his glancing header from Goran Popov's deep cross but it flew just over the bar.

Snodgrass connected with a volley
from the edge of the Albion box but it was directed straight at Foster
who returned after a seven game absence through injury.

The first clearcut opening fell to Lukaku after 21 minutes when he took a pass from James Morrison in his stride.

On the slide: Peter Odemwingie evades Wesley Hoolahan's tackle

On the slide: Peter Odemwingie evades Wesley Hoolahan's tackle

But Lukaku failed to make a clean contact on his cross shot and Mark Bunn saved with relative comfort.

It proved a costly miss as Snodgrass
put the Canaries ahead three minutes later after Peter Odemwingie
brought down the midfielder.

His curling free-kick contained
plenty of power and, although Foster got a hand to the ball, he could
only help it into the roof of the net.

Knees up: Anthony Pilkington (left) vies for the ball with Shane Long

Knees up: Anthony Pilkington (left) vies for the ball with Shane Long

Helping hand: Goran Popov shoves Snodgrass out of the way

Helping hand: Goran Popov shoves Snodgrass out of the way

The shake of the head from the former England international conveyed the impression he should have done better.

West Brom tried to retaliate and a
goal-bound effort from McAuley was blocked by the body of Bunn following
a Chris Brunt corner.

But after 43 minutes Gera brought Albion back on level terms with his fourth goal of the campaign.

Bunn parried Jonas Olsson's downward
header from a Brunt corner onto the crossbar but Gera was on hand to
volley home the rebound.

Clarke replaced Graham Dorrans with
Marc-Antoine Fortune for the second period. McAuley rescued Albion with a
superb tackle inside the box after Steve Morison took advantage of a
mix-up at a short free-kick by the home side.

Norwich centre-back Michael Turner
headed wide from Snodgrass' centre before being booked for hauling down
Odemwingie in full flight.

Smash and grab: Popov leaves Snodgrass standing, despite the Norwich player's attentions

Smash and grab: Popov leaves Snodgrass standing, despite the Norwich player's attentions

Odemwingie had a low shot saved at
the base of a post by Bunn but chances were now at a premium. Clarke
brought on West Brom top scorer Shane Long – in place of Gera – in a bid
to add more fire-power.

Then with eight minutes left Lukaku
showed his power and strength when climbing above Javier Garrido to head
home Popov's deep cross.

Popov was booked in injury time for a foul on Snodgrass but Albion held on to claim their seventh home win of the season.

On the chase: Odemwingie puts Steven Whittaker under pressure

On the chase: Odemwingie puts Steven Whittaker under pressure

Southampton 1 Norwich 1: Mark Clattenburg returns, Rickie Lambert and Robert Snodgrass score

Southampton 1 Norwich 1: Clattenburg back with a clanger with Lambert on hand to take advantage

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22:12 GMT, 28 November 2012

Mark Clattenburg probably hoped for a gentle re-introduction into Premier League refereeing. He did not get it.

Taking charge of a football match for the first-time since being wrongly accused of racially abusing John Mikel Obi, the official missed a crucial handball in the lead up to Southampton taking the lead, before being targeted with cries of 'you don't know what you're doing' and 'you're not fit to referee' from Saints supporters as Norwich fought their way back into this encounter.

It all started so well for Clattenburg, as he was given a standing ovation during his pre-match warm up. But little did he know how feelings towards him would change.

The main man: Rickie Lambert (left) put Southampton ahead

The main man: Rickie Lambert (left) put Southampton ahead

Match facts

Southampton: Gazzaniga, Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Shaw, Puncheon, Schneiderlin, Cork, Lallana, Lambert, Ramirez. Subs not used: Kelvin Davis, Hooiveld, Steven Davis, Rodriguez, Do Prado, Mayuka, Reeves.

Booked: Clyne.

Goal: Lambert 32.

Norwich: Bunn, Whittaker, Ryan Bennett, Bassong, Garrido, Snodgrass, Johnson, Tettey, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Holt. Subs not used: Rudd, Martin, Howson, Jackson, Morison, Elliott Bennett, Barnett.

Goal: Snodgrass 45.

Referee: Mark Clattenburg.

Attendance: 29,325.

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How the referee would fare on his
return to frontline action would have been the last thing on the minds
the two managers, Nigel Adkins of Southampton and Norwich’s Chris
Hughton. Both sides went into the game in promising form.

Since emerging victorious from ‘El
Sackico’ against Queens Park Rangers 12 days ago, Southampton swept
Newcastle aside on Sunday to keep Adkins in a job — for now.

Likewise, Norwich have gone seven games unbeaten — a run that has included wins over Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham.

Hughton’s glee was tempered somewhat
before kick-off with the news that first-choice goalkeeper John Ruddy
will miss at least three months as he prepares to have surgery on a
thigh problem.

Norwich created the first
opportunity, goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga producing an excellent save to
stop Anthony Pilkington’s effort in the fifth minute.

Eight minutes later, Clattenburg made
his first major decision, waving away Southampton’s claims for a
penalty after Adam Lallana went down under pressure from Sebastien
Bassong.

Welcome return: Referee Mark Clattenburg took charge of his first game since the Chelsea race row

Welcome return: Referee Mark Clattenburg took charge of his first game since his Chelsea race row hell

Welcome return: Mark Clattenburg was given a standing ovation at St Mary's before officiating his first game since the Chelsea race storm

Welcome return: Mark Clattenburg was given a standing ovation at St Mary's before officiating his first game since the Chelsea race storm

The centre of attention: Clattenburg keeps Alex Tettey and Morgan Schneiderlin apart

The centre of attention: Clattenburg keeps Alex Tettey and Morgan Schneiderlin apart

The Saints skipper then went within
inches of putting his side ahead with a spectacular volley when his
sweet strike from Lambert’s arrowing pass flew just over Mark Bunn’s
bar.

But the home side only had to wait
seven more minutes to take the lead — but it came in controversial
circumstances, with Clattenburg at the centre of it.

Lallana swung in a
free-kick from the left, Grant Holt made a hash of his attempted
defensive header before the ball clearly hit Lambert on the arm.

On target: Rickie Lambert pokes past Mark Bunn to give Saints the lead

On target: Rickie Lambert pokes past Mark Bunn to give Saints the lead

On target: Rickie Lambert makes no mistake, converting from inside the six yard box

On target: Rickie Lambert makes no mistake, converting from inside the six yard box

Bright start: Rickie Lambert's sixth of the season first Saints ahead

Bright start: Rickie Lambert's sixth of the season first Saints ahead

However, Clattenburg ignored
Norwich’s appeal for handball before Lambert took advantage of the
uncertainty to prod home from close range.

Gaston Ramirez went close to doubling the home side’s lead with curling free-kick that flew narrowly wide of Bunn’s far post.

Massive clanger: Saints keeper Paulo Gazzaniga allowed Robert Snodgrass' free-kick to slip through his hands just before the break

Massive clanger: Saints keeper Paulo Gazzaniga allowed Robert Snodgrass' free-kick to slip through his hands just before the break

Pure delight: Robert Snodgrass looks stunned after Paulo Gazzaniga's howler let Norwich back into the game

Pure delight: Robert Snodgrass looks stunned after Paulo Gazzaniga's howler let Norwich back into the game

But on the stroke of half-time,
Norwich dragged themselves level, thanks in part to Clattenburg. The
referee awarded Hughton’s side a free-kick on the edge of the area for
Nathaniel Clyne’s challenge on Snodgrass — and the Norwich midfielder
struck a shot that somehow went through Gazzaniga and into the back of
the net.

Clattenburg was treated to
renditions of ‘You don’t know what you’re doing’, from home supporters,
who had grown frustrated at the number of decisions that had gone
Norwich’s way.

Tough to stop: Adam Lallana skips past Bradley Johnson to launch another Saints attack

Tough to stop: Adam Lallana skips past Bradley Johnson to launch another Saints attack

Clyne made a superb tackle to deny
Pilkington in the 60th minute as Norwich started the second half with
renewed vigour, before Gazzaniga made up for his first-half error with a
brilliant save from Holt header.

Jason Puncheon then saw his low
powerful drive well saved by Bunn as Southampton were denied the win
that would have lifted them out of the bottom three.

Norwich 1 Manchester United 0 match report: Anthony Pilkington goal sends Red Devils packing

Norwich 1 Man United 0: No comeback this time as Pilkington sends Red Devils packing

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19:41 GMT, 17 November 2012

Norwich continued their revival with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Manchester United at Carrow Road, as Sir Alex Ferguson's men blew the chance to go back top of the Barclays Premier League table.

After Manchester City had thrashed Aston Villa 5-0 earlier this afternoon, only a win would have been enough for United to jump over their neighbours once again.

However, with England striker Wayne Rooney missing because of tonsillitis, the Red Devils produced a lacklustre display as the Canaries – reborn since the international break – produced another composed display to secure a third win in five Premier League games with a fine header from Anthony Pilkington on the hour.

No chance: Anthony Pilkington nodded Javier Garrido's cross beyond Anders Lindegaard

No chance: Anthony Pilkington nodded Javier Garrido's cross beyond Anders Lindegaard

Match facts

Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Snodgrass (Elliott Bennett 90), Johnson, Tettey, Pilkington, Hoolahan (Howson 83), Holt (Morison 83). Subs not used: Bunn, Jackson, Tierney, Ryan Bennett.

Goal: Pilkington 60.

Man Utd: Lindegaard, Da Silva, Ferdinand (Anderson 83), Smalling, Evra, Valencia (Scholes 69), Carrick, Giggs, Young, Van Persie, Hernandez (Welbeck 69). Subs not used: Johnstone, Jones, Cleverley, Fletcher.

Booked: Da Silva.

Att: 26,840.

Ref: Anthony Taylor.

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Leading scorer Robin van Persie had
recovered from the thigh strain which kept him out of Holland's midweek
friendly with Germany, while Javier Hernandez also started for the
visitors after his match-winning cameo at Aston Villa last weekend.
Anders Lindegaard kicked off in goal for David de Gea, who was troubled
by a wisdom tooth.

It was a lively start by United as
Van Persie created the first opening inside three minutes, turning to
drive in a low shot from the edge of the Norwich penalty area which John
Ruddy palmed away low to his right.

Norwich were defending with two banks of four, but also looked to use wingers Robert Snodgrass and Pilkington on the counter.

On six minutes, Wes Hoolahan fed
Pilkington down the left following a quick break after a United corner,
but the former Huddersfield man lacked support and could only flash a
drive wide across goal from 20 yards.

Head boy: Anthony Pilkington's header broke the deadlock for Norwich

Magic moment: Pilkington milks the applause of the Carrow Road faithful

United, though, continued to have all the possession, and enjoy plenty of time on the ball as the home side sat deep.

On 21 minutes, full-back Patrice Evra
was inches away from connecting with Ashley Young's left-wing corner
after arriving at pace to the far post.

Gutted: Manchester United players looked stunned after falling behind

Gutted: Manchester United players looked stunned after falling behind

Norwich, though, showed some life in
attack when Hoolahan floated a ball over from the left, which Snodgrass
diverted just over the angle with a backward header.

A sweeping move switched play from
the right out to Pilkington, who then released left-back Javier Garrido,
and his low centre flashed across the face of Lindegaard's goal.

So close: Javier Hernandez reacts after seeing a shot go past John Ruddy's post

So close: Javier Hernandez reacts after seeing a shot go past John Ruddy's post

Norwich continued to grow in
confidence and it needed a brilliant saving tackle from Chris Smalling
to prevent captain Grant Holt from tapping in Snodgrass' low cross after
the Scotland winger got past

Rio Ferdinand into the right side of the United penalty area on 37 minutes.

Veteran Ryan Giggs, who scored a
last-minute winner here last season on his 900th appearance, floated in a
lovely ball behind the Norwich backline, but Van Persie missed his kick
when attempting an acrobatic volley.

Well held: John Ruddy clings on despite the attentions of Chris Smalling

Well held: John Ruddy clings on despite the attentions of Chris Smalling

Young then drilled in a low effort at the back post from a corner, which Ruddy turned behind from point-blank range.

United opened the second half as they
had the first, with Van Persie again losing his footing when played
into a promising position inside the Norwich box.

Free header: Michael Turner goes close with the United rearguard at sixes and sevens

Free header: Michael Turner goes close with the United rearguard at sixes and sevens

After Snodgrass had been pushed over
by Evra out on the right, his deep free-kick flew through the United
penalty area before it was eventually hacked clear off the line by
Rafael.

Norwich continued to press and finally were rewarded on the hour with a goal of real quality.

All hands at the pumps: Chris Smalling sees an effort blocked by Grant Holt

All hands at the pumps: Chris Smalling sees an effort blocked by Grant Holt

Garrido was played in on the overlap
down the left by Hoolahan, and his perfectly weighed cross was glanced
over Lindegaard into the top corner by Pilkington, who was once a player
in the United youth system.

Ferguson had seen enough and within
10 minutes veteran midfielder Paul Scholes, who turned 38 on Friday, and
England striker Danny Welbeck were off the bench, replacing Antonio
Valencia and the ineffective Hernandez.

Combative: Grant Holt and Michael Carrick go toe-to-toe

Combative: Grant Holt and Michael Carrick go toe-to-toe

United upped the tempo, as Welbeck's looping header was deflected behind for a corner.
It continued to be one-way traffic as the Canaries defended resolutely.

With seven minutes left, Norwich boss
Chris Hughton made a double change as Steve Morison and Jonny Howson
replaced Holt and Hoolahan.

Close battle: Ashely Young attempts to get to grips with Wes Hoolahan

Close battle: Ashely Young attempts to get to grips with Wes Hoolahan

Ferdinand, meanwhile, came off for Anderson.

With a minute left, Wales forward Morison released Howson clear on goal, but the former Leeds midfielder scuffed his shot wide.

Close run thing: Paul Scholes checks on John Ruddy after the Norwich keeper made a late save

Close run thing: Paul Scholes checks on John Ruddy after the Norwich keeper made a late save

There were four minutes of stoppage
time and Ruddy produced a brilliant saved to turn the ball over after it
was deflected off Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong.

At the final whistle, Carrow Road erupted as United went the same way as Arsenal had done four weeks ago.

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Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Bassong,
Turner, Garrido, Snodgrass, Johnson, Tettey, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Holt.
Subs: Bunn, Howson, Jackson, Morison, Elliott Bennett, Tierney, Ryan
Bennett.

Man Utd: Lindegaard, Da Silva,
Ferdinand, Smalling, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Young, van Persie,
Hernandez.
Subs: Johnstone, Jones, Anderson, Welbeck, Scholes,
Cleverley, Fletcher.

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

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26min: Move of the match. Pilkington's reverse pass finds Javier Garrido inside the box but his powerful pass across the six-yard box fails to find Holt or Snodgrass who only needed to get a strong touch on it to divert the ball into the back of the net.

There is an argument to suggest the full-back should have taken a shot on goal instead.

24min: Hoolahan has been Norwich's most creative player so far and nearly plays his part in scoring an opening goal for the hosts.

The midfielder picks up a loose ball on the left wing and after cutting on to his right foot, delivers a cross that Snodgrass heads wide across the far post. Rio Ferdinand did just enough to put the former Leeds midfielder off there.

21min: The corner in evades everyone inside the box, but Patrice Evra was very close to getting his head on it.

20min: A great 30 yard pass from Young splits the home defence to allow Hernandez to pick the ball up near the byline. The Mexican is chased down quickly though and his cross is blocked behind by Turner.

18min: More patient passing from Norwich and finally they find a gap in front of the United defence as Wes Hoolahan picks up a pass.

The midfielder runs towards goal but is quickly closed down before his low 23 yard strike is saved by Anders Lindegaard.

15min: Young and Giggs stand over, and it's the former that strikes the set-piece by powerfully firing straight at Ruddy who claims comfortably.

14min: Now United win a free-kick 25 yards out after Michael Turner pushes Javier Hernandez.

13min: Plenty of ambition in Norwich's attacks judging by their neat passing in the midfield to create space so far. But United are edging this with Young and Valencia dominating the flanks.

10min: One from the training ground from Manchester United but they need more practice.

The visitors win a free-kick after Whittaker trips Young, but Giggs' short pass to Van Persie 16 yards out is ballooned awkwardly over on the turn by the Dutchman.

8min: Whittaker could have a sore head by the end of this game, as he nods behind again from an Antonio Valencia cross.

Ashley Young's corner though is again cleared by the hosts and that leads to a counter attack which ends with Anthony Pilkington firing wide across goal.

5min: An early sighter from Norwich as shortly after a throw in, Robert Snodgrass lashes a rising ball over the bar from 20 yards.

4min: It leads to successive corners after Steven Whittaker heads behind, but the Canaries eventually clear their lines.

3min: Good one touch stuff from United leads to Robin van Persie squeezing in a low shot towards the bottom corner from the edge of the box which John Ruddy turns behind for a corner.

Kick-off: In front of watching England boss Roy Hodgson, Norwich get us going.

17.29: From InfostradaLive:

Ryan Giggs makes only his fourth PL start of the season and first since September 29. His last PL goal came at Carrow Road – the 92nd minute winner in their 2-1 victory there on February 26.

17.26: Out come the teams, it's usually packed anyway inside this ground but the noise is louder than usual with the visit of Manchester United.

17.24: It looks quite chilly at Carrow Road judging by the young Norwich mascots.

Kitted out in replica matchday wear, they are all jogging on the spot trying to keep warm on the touchline. The players are starting to from in a slightly warmer tunnel.

17.20: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson spoke to ESPN before the game:

'David De Gea had to go to the dentist to have teeth taken out and Wayne Rooney has had tonsillitis, he should be okay by Tuesday.

'Chicharitio made his contribution last week and Van Persie has been in great form so it’s terrific to have those options.

'Norwich have tightened up at the back and it’s never easy when we go to these away games and last season was exactly that as we managed to win late on.'

17.17: You don't have to go back too far for Norwich's last win against Manchester United.

Just three games in fact, after strikes from Dean Ashton and Leon McKenzie helped the Canaries to a 2-0 win over the Red Devils seven years ago at Carrow Road.

It didn't keep them in the Premier League but it's a win their supporters are unlikely to forget in a hurry.

Doubling up: Norwich last beat Manchester United in a 2-0 win at Carrow Road in April 2005

Doubling up: Norwich last beat Manchester United in a 2-0 win at Carrow Road in April 2005

17.14: Norwich City boss Chris Hughton spoke to ESPN:

'The performances have been similar to early in the season but we have tightened up as a unit since facing Liverpool and Chelsea. We are in good form at the moment.

We haven’t changed the team too much of late and that helps consistency, especially in the back four.

'I don’t think you ever speak about Manchester United being vulnerable. We will have to be at our best to get anything and catch United on one of their bad days.'

17.10: Manchester United are without England striker Wayne Rooney because of an ankle injury for this afternoon's Barclays Premier League trip to Norwich.

Leading scorer Robin van Persie, however, recovers from the thigh strain which kept him out of Holland's midweek friendly with Germany.

Javier Hernandez also starts after his match-winning cameo at Aston Villa last weekend while Anders Lindegaard comes into goal for David de Gea, who is troubled by a wisdom tooth.

Norwich are unbeaten in their last four Premier League games and name an unchanged side from the team which drew 0-0 at Reading.

17.05: The full line-ups from Carrow Road:

Norwich v Man Utd
Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Snodgrass, Johnson, Tettey, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Holt. Subs: Bunn, Howson, Jackson, Morison, Elliott Bennett, Tierney, Ryan Bennett.

Man Utd: Lindegaard, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Smalling, Evra, Valencia, Carrick, Giggs, Young, van Persie, Hernandez. Subs: Johnstone, Jones, Anderson, Welbeck, Scholes, Cleverley, Fletcher.

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

17.00: Anyone who witnessed Manchester United play at this time last week will realise just about anything can happen in a match involving Fergie's men.

The Red Devils came from two goals down to win by the odd goal in five at Aston Villa last Saturday, and with an inconsistent Norwich team hosting today's final game, I wouldn't rule out another blast of goals this evening. Team news up next.

Saturday finale: Norwich host Manchester United at Carrow Road in the day's last Premier League match

Saturday finale: Norwich host Manchester United at Carrow Road in the day's last Premier League match

Norwich 2 Tottenham 1 match report: Spurs sent packing after late comeback

Norwich 2 Tottenham 1: Dempsey's late penalty gaffe send AVB crashing out

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Mark Bunn saved a late Clint Dempsey penalty to ensure Norwich picked up a surprising win over in-form Tottenham at Carrow Road.

Gareth Bale put the visitors in front midway through the second half but a Jan Vertonghen own goal and a Simeon Jackson tap-in sealed Norwich’s victory.

After a stuttering to start to life with Spurs, manager Andre Villas-Boas had certainly been on a roll.

Deflection: Jan Vertonghen (right) diverted Alex Tettey's shot beyond Hugo Lloris

Deflection: Jan Vertonghen (right) diverted Alex Tettey's shot beyond Hugo Lloris

Pure delight: Norwich celebrate Jan Vertonghen's own goal

Pure delight: Norwich celebrate Jan Vertonghen's own goal

Match facts

Norwich: Bunn, Whittaker, Turner, Ryan Bennett, Tierney, Snodgrass, Fox (Tettey 68), Butterfield (Jackson 68), Surman (Holt 82), Howson, Morison. Subs not used: Rudd, Elliott Bennett, Garrido, Barnett.

Booked: Bunn.

Goals: Vertonghen 84 (og), Jackson 87.

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker (Defoe 90), Dawson, Caulker, Naughton, Sigurdsson, Livermore (Huddlestone 46), Carroll (Vertonghen 79), Falque, Bale, Dempsey. Subs not used: Cudicini, Lennon, Townsend, Smith.

Booked: Bale.

Goal: Bale 66.

Referee: Jon Moss.

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Indeed, since the final whistle boos
which accompanied their draw with Norwich back in September, Tottenham
racked up an impressive record of five wins from six Barclays Premier
League games, including the notable scalp of Manchester United, to move
up to fourth in the table.

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Missed opportunity: Clint Dempsey saw his late penalty saved by Mark Bunn

Man of the moment: Bunn is congratulated by team-mates

Man of the moment: Bunn is congratulated by team-mates

With the game threatening to develop
into a decent cup tie, largely thanks to Bale, the Welshman threatened
once more, his rasping 25-yard drive only narrowly wide.

Jonny Howson did a least raise hope
of better things to come after the break for the Norwich fans even if
his strike from 20-yards failed to trouble Lloris as it swerved wide.

Indeed, seconds after the restart
Norwich produced their best move of the match as Andrew Surman had a
close-range shot blocked by Steven Caulker. But with Tom Huddlestone on
at the break the balance of play was soon swinging back in Tottenham’s
favour.

Letting fly: Bale unleashes the opening goal

Letting fly: Bale unleashes the opening goal

Shake on it: Iago Falque is the first to congratulate Gareth Bale after the Welshman broke the deadlock at Carrow Road

Shake on it: Yago Falque is the first to congratulate Gareth Bale after the Welshman broke the deadlock at Carrow Road

Spanish youngster Yago Falque
produced an exquisite ball for Bale who this time tested Bunn with his
near post effort. With the spectre of extra-time starting to loom
Tottenham took the lead
Fittingly it fell to Bale to finally end Norwich’s resistance. Given far
too much time to turn the Spurs winger unleashed a low drive which flew
into the bottom corner.

Villas-Boas sent on defender Jan
Vertonghen in an attempt to secure the victory as the game entered its
final stages. The substitution had the opposite effect as the Belgian
international turned Alex Tettey’s shot into his own net to give Norwich
an unlikely equaliser.

Moments later another substitute,
Norwich striker Simeon Jackson bundled the ball home to give his side
the lead. Having lost their advantage within two minutes Tottenham then
had the chance to take the game into extra-time when Marc Tierney was
harshly judged to have brought down Kyle Walker.
Up stepped Clint Dempsey but his effort was well saved by Bunn.

Bundle: Norwich's Robert Snodgrass is tackled by Falque and Tom Carroll (floored)

Bundle: Norwich's Robert Snodgrass is tackled by Falque and Tom Carroll (floored)

On the run: Norwich's Jacob Butterfield escapes Jake Livermore and Carroll

On the run: Norwich's Jacob Butterfield escapes Jake Livermore and Carroll

Aston Villa 1 Norwich 1 – match report: Paul Lambert denied victory

Aston Villa 1 Norwich 1: Lambert fails to get one over old pals after Turner strikes late

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Norwich defender Michael Turner
denied Paul Lambert a victory against his former club and ensured the
Aston Villa boss's bold decision to drop Darren Bent would come under
huge scrutiny.

Christian Benteke had appeared to justify Lambert's decision to axe Bent from his starting line-up for the third time in four matches with Villa's 27th minute opener.

But Villa were forced to defend desperately after left-back Joe Bennett's sending-off early in the second period before Turner earned the Canaries a deserved share of the spoils.

Points shared: Norwich defender Michael Turner (centre) celebrates scoring the equaliser

Points shared: Norwich defender Michael Turner (centre) celebrates scoring the equaliser late in the game

Match facts

Aston Villa:
Guzan, Herd, Vlaar, Lowton, Bennett, Albrighton, El Ahmadi, Holman
(Weimann 76), Delph, Agbonlahor (Lichaj 54), Benteke (Bent 70).

Subs not used: Given, Ireland, Westwood, Bannan.

Goals: Benteke 27

Booked: Herd

Sent off: Bennett

Norwich:
Ruddy, Russell Martin (Ryan Bennett 46), Bassong, Turner, Garrido,
Elliott Bennett (Snodgrass 64), Tettey, Johnson (Morison 70),
Pilkington, Hoolahan, Holt.

Subs not used: Rudd, Howson, Jackson, Barnett.

Goals: Turner 79

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

Attendance: 33,184

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Fittingly the Norwich goal was created by Wes Hoolahan who was the most creative player on either side.

Villa have now won only one of their last 19 league matches and they were indebted to a trio of fine saves from keeper Brad Guzan for earning them a point.

Norwich fans greeted the arrival of Lambert into the dug-out with a chant of 'there's only one Chris Hughton' but there was no verbal animosity directed at their former manager.

Norwich, fresh from last weekend's win over Arsenal, knocked the ball around in confident fashion in the early stages.

But it was Villa midfielder Brett Holman who produced the first attempt on goal. He exchanged passes with Karim El Ahmadi before firing a low drive which Canaries keeper John Ruddy got his body behind.

Norwich looked full of confidence but Elliott Bennett dragged his shot well wide from the edge of the box.

It needed a fine save by Guzan to keep his side on level terms after 22 minutes. Grant Holt threaded the ball through to Hoolahan who was left with only Guzan to beat but the United States international managed to block the shot with his left foot. Guzan then cut out an attempted knock back across goal from Holt aimed at the unmarked Anthony Pilkington.

Predator: Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke opens the scoring in the first half with a smart finish

Predator: Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke opens the scoring in the first half with a smart finish

New hero: Benteke celebrates in front of the home fans after his strike against Norwich

New hero: Benteke celebrates in front of the home fans after his strike against Norwich

But then against the run of play Villa went ahead through Benteke's second goal since his 7million summer move from Genk after 27 minutes. Gabriel Agbonlahor held the ball up before releasing the overlapping Holman and his cross found Benteke completely unmarked. The Belgian international had time to pick his spot before sliding the ball past Ruddy into the corner of the net.

Villa defender Joe Bennett became the first player to be yellow carded for a challenge on Elliott Bennett. A long pass from Fabian Delph was brought under control by Benteke inside the Norwich box but his eventual shot was deflected wide.

Roar of delight: Paul Lambert celebrates as Villa take the lead against his former club

Denied victory: Lambert

Roar of delight: Paul Lambert celebrates as Villa take the lead but his afternoon turned sour later in the game

Norwich made a half-time change with defender Russell Martin replaced by Ryan Bennett.

Villa were reduced to 10 men after 52 minutes when Joe Bennett collected a second yellow card for another offence against Elliott Bennett. It led to Lambert bringing off Agbonlahor and replacing Joe Bennett with Eric Lichaj at left-back.

Axed: Darren Bent (left) sat on the bench next to Stephen Ireland after being dropped by Paul Lambert

Axed: Darren Bent (left) sat on the bench next to Stephen Ireland after being dropped by manager Lambert

Norwich had more of the possession with their numerical advantage but Elliott Bennett's poor touch let him down after a probing ball over the top of the Villa back four from Bradley Johnson. Villa defender Chris Herd was booked for persistent fouling after 62 minutes.

Guzan made his second crucial save of the game when he blocked a rising close range attempt from Hoolahan after Pilkington had supplied the telling pass.

Herd then made a crucial block on a Hoolahan header after Holt headed back across goal into his path before Bent replaced Benteke after 69 minutes.

Last line of defence: Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan (centre) punches the ball clear

Last line of defence: Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan (centre) punches the ball clear

On the attack: Norwich striker Grant Holt (second left) shoots at goal during the first half

On the attack: Norwich striker Grant Holt (second left) shoots at goal during the first half

Guzan was again Villa's saviour when he saved Holt's low drive after he broke clear but he had no chance of preventing Turner's equaliser after 79 minutes.

Pilkington's quickly taken corner picked out Hoolahan and his inswinging cross was met by Turner whose glancing header flew into the far corner of the net.

Norwich 0 West Ham 0: Hughton"s draw specialists thwart Hammers in drab encounter

Norwich 0 West Ham 0: Hughton's draw specialists thwart Hammers in drab encounter

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Norwich were still searching for their first Barclays Premier League win after West Ham battled to a goalless draw at Carrow Road.

Chris Hughton's men enjoyed the better of the first half, and felt they should have been awarded a penalty when James Collins upended Andrew Surman, but referee Chris Foy correctly ruled the challenge was just outside the area.

West Ham also had their chances, with Carlton Cole's early chance blocked and John Ruddy saving from Kevin Nolan.

Flying in: James Collins was booked and conceded a free-kick for this wild lunge on Andrew Surman

Flying in: James Collins was booked and conceded a free-kick for this wild lunge on Andrew Surman

Flying in: James Collins was booked and conceded a free-kick for this wild lunge on Andrew Surman

Flying in: James Collins was booked and conceded a free-kick for this wild lunge on Andrew Surman

Match facts

Norwich: Ruddy, Russell Martin, Barnett, Bassong, Garrido, Snodgrass, Howson, Johnson, Surman, Holt (Kane 71), Jackson (Morison 63). Subs not used: Rudd, Turner, Hoolahan, Fox, Tierney.

West Ham: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Reid, Collins, O'Brien, Diame, Noble, Vaz Te (Benayoun 86), Nolan, Taylor (Jarvis 57), Cole (Maiga 57). Subs not used: Henderson, McCartney, Tomkins, Diarra.

Booked: Collins.

Referee: Chris Foy.

Attendance: 26,806.

Both sides, though, seemed to run out
of ideas as the match wore on – but on-loan Tottenham youngster Harry
Kane could have won it for the Canaries in stoppage time, only to scuff
his shot straight at the keeper.

There was an early opportunity for
West Ham in the Norfolk sunshine when a corner was only half-cleared and
the ball flashed back across the Norwich goal by Matt Taylor.

At the other end, Surman, in for the
injured Anthony Pilkington, cut inside the West Ham box after a quick
break down the left and curled the ball just wide of the far post.

Surman continued to press the Irons back, with Guy Demel making a superb tackle to halt his charge into the penalty area.

However, on 13 minutes, it was West
Ham who made the first clear opening when Ricardo Vaz Te got away down
the right and his cross was headed goalwards by Cole, but Russell Martin
knocked it off the line, with Taylor lashing the loose rebound wide.

No joy: Robert Snodgrass thumps the resulting free-kick at a Norwich player

No joy: Robert Snodgrass thumps the resulting free-kick at a Norwich player

Norwich felt they should have been
awarded a penalty when Robert Snodgrass weaved in from the right and was
blocked by Nolan as he cut back inside – but, in a sign of things to
come, referee Foy was having none of it.

The Irons skipper then almost put his
side ahead when he got on the end of Joey O'Brien's cross after the
full-back's strong run down the Norwich left, but England keeper John
Ruddy made a smart reaction save.

Norwich capitalised on some poor
defending as Snodgrass dashed onto a loose ball down the right, but his
cutback towards Simeon Jackson in the six-yard box was hacked behind by
Collins.

Going close: Surman curls an effort just wide of Jussi Jaaskelainen's far post

Going close: Surman curls an effort just wide of Jussi Jaaskelainen's far post

West Ham then produced a series of
blocks and saves by Jussi Jaaskelainen from the resulting corner to turn
away successive efforts from Snodgrass, Sebastien Bassong, Grant Holt
and Surman.

On 33 minutes, the home side went close again as Holt scuffed wide following a knockdown from Snodgrass.

Foy again incurred the wrath of the home crowd four minutes before half-time.

High jump: Norwich's Russell Martin skips over Joey O'Brien

High jump: Norwich's Russell Martin skips over Joey O'Brien

Surman was upended by Collins as he
darted into the penalty box, but the Merseyside official correctly ruled
the clumsy challenge had taken place just inches outside the line.

Johnson crashed the free-kick into the wall, before full-back Javier Garrido lashed the rebound wide.

Norwich started the second half
brightly, with Jackson's 25-yard effort tipped over by Jaaskelainen, who
almost joined the Canaries before signing at Bolton.

Late show: Yossi Benayoun made a substitute appearance for West Ham - his first outing in his second spell at the club

Late show: Yossi Benayoun made a substitute appearance for West Ham – his first outing in his second spell at the club

Snodgrass just off target with a low
effort, and Johnson shot straight at the keeper before West Ham made a
double change on 57 minutes when Jarvis and Modibo Maiga replaced Taylor
and Cole.

Norwich again tested Jaaskelainen
when Leon Barnett nodded a deep cross back into the six-yard box and
Bassong's looping header was picked out of the air.

As the hour passed, Canaries manager Hughton sent on Steve Morison for Jackson.

What's going on Sam Allardyce looks exasperated on the touchline

What's going on Sam Allardyce looks exasperated on the touchline

The former Millwall frontman tried
his luck with a 20-yard effort after a smart knockdown on his chest, but
the shot looped over.

England under-21 forward Kane replaced the ineffective Holt for the final 19 minutes.

As the match opened up again, Jarvis,
signed from Wolves in a 7million deal, saw his shot blocked after a
quick break into the Norwich half following a poor throw-in.

Kane created space for a shot on the edge of the area, but his effort was wide of the mark.

Then in stoppage time, the
19-year-old was played in on the overlap after a quick break, but
scuffed a tame effort straight at the keeper.

Norwich v West Ham live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Norwich v West Ham – the action from Carrow Road as it happens

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Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Norwich host West Ham at Carrow Road to open the weekend's action. The Canaries are unbeaten in three but will aim for their first league win of the season against a Hammers side who have made a strong start since returning to the top flight.

12.10pm: The Canaries have won just one of their last eight Premier League games and have kept one clean sheet in their last 17. Chris Hughton's men have however recovered well from an opening day humiliation at Fulham when they were thrashed 5-0. A draw at home to QPR was followed by another 1-1 scoreline at Tottenham.

12.06pm: Norwich line up as follows: Ruddy, Russell Martin, Barnett, Bassong, Garrido,
Snodgrass, Howson, Johnson, Surman, Holt, Jackson. Subs: Rudd, Turner, Hoolahan, Fox, Morison, Tierney, Kane.

West Ham go with: Jaaskelainen, Demel, Reid, Collins, O'Brien, Diame, Noble, Vaz Te, Nolan, Taylor, Cole. Subs: Henderson, McCartney, Tomkins, Jarvis, Maiga, Benayoun, Diarra.

12.05pm: I say back, it was only away for 13 days but international week is never the same, is it We kick off the action with Norwich v West Ham from Carrow Road. An intriguing clash, I would suggest.

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Weekend opener: Grant Holt's Norwich take on Kevin Nolan's West Ham in Saturday's early kick-off

Weekend opener: Grant Holt's Norwich take on Kevin Nolan's West Ham in Saturday's early kick-off