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Middlesbrough 1 Leeds 0: Curtis Main secures victory for Tony Mowbray"s side

Middlesbrough 1 Leeds 0: Main is Boro's hero as fans turn on Warnock

By
Colin Young

PUBLISHED:

22:31 GMT, 12 February 2013

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UPDATED:

02:03 GMT, 13 February 2013

A boy signed on a free transfer from Darlington proved to be Middlesbrough's Main man.

Curtis Main's perfectly placed header eight minutes from time gave Middlesbrough their first win in six League games and their first victory on Teesside over Leeds in 21 years.

But the 20-year-old, who scored for the second game running since recovering from injury, was sent off by petty referee Keith Stroud in the dying minutes.

Helpless: Paddy Kenny's best efforts could not prevent defeat for Leeds

Helpless: Paddy Kenny's best efforts could not prevent defeat for Leeds

Main was booked twice, for encroaching and handball, and looked as astonished as his manager.

Mowbray said: 'The ref got it wrong.
It was not deliberate handball in a million years. Curtis has amazing
qualities and yet is such a young player who hasn't been educated.

But he is potentially a special
talent. Tonight he is disappointed, frustrated, annoyed and angry but he
got us a great winner.'

Leeds fans chanted 'Warnock, time to
go' at boss Neil Warnock, who reacted with sarcastic applause. He is
refusing to quit and blamed the defeat on his strikers following Luciano
Becchio's departure to Norwich.

Ross McCormack fluffed Leeds's best
chance and Warnock said: 'We have missed three open goals in three games
and all hell breaks loose. 'Unless I run on the pitch and put the
chances in I don't know what more I can do.'

Under fire: The pressure continues to grow on Leeds boss Neil Warnock

Under fire: The pressure continues to grow on Leeds boss Neil Warnock

Rhys Williams should have put
Middlesbrough in front with a fourth-minute back-post volley after a
Grant Leadbitter free-kick put him clear, but Leeds started to take
control after that.

David Norris hit wide and then warmed
the palms of Jason Steele after some neat interplay between McCormack and Steve Morison, while the in-form Luke Varney also drove
away from goal after cutting in from the left.

The home side managed to steady themselves somewhat after that, but were so nearly the architects of their own downfall 28 minutes in.

Paul Green played a hopeful long ball forward that was Steele's all day long but he got his feet wrong and slipped, leaving McCormack with an open goal six yards out. The Scotland international dallied, though, and when he got a shot away, Jonathan Woodgate had recovered sufficiently to deny his former club on the line.

That proved to be Leeds' last chance of the first half and they should have been behind by the time the interval came.

Although not as clear a chance as McCormack's, Faris Haroun got clean through in injury time off Josh McEachran's defence-splitting pass, but Paddy Kenny was quickly off his line to deny him on the edge of the area.

Matchwinner: But Curtis Main was sent off minutes after scoring

Matchwinner: But Curtis Main was sent off minutes after scoring

The first half had hardly been an end-to-end affair but it was in comparison to the start of the second, which was attritional at best.

Woodgate provided the best moment, showing impressive pace and awareness to block off McCormack's run to goal, but as has often been the case in the 33-year-old's career, injury forced him off midway through the half.

Leadbitter, the game's other class act, then curled an edge-of-the-box free-kick just wide of Kenny's right-hand post and that brought about a mini period of drama with Leeds forced to defend for their lives with 17 minutes left.

Relieved: Tony Mowbray watched his side win for the first time in 2013

Relieved: Tony Mowbray watched his side win for the first time in 2013

Kenny did well to deny Leadbitter down to his right and then combined with Sam Byram to deny Williams on the follow-up, with the keeper then darting across his line to pouch a McEachran header that should have been a forgone conclusion.

Boro seemed keen to take the initiative, though, and by bringing on Miller they took it. With nine minutes left his cross hung enough for Main to put a header back across Kenny's goal and into the top right-hand corner.

He was then dismissed by Keith Stroud for a combination of dissent and kicking the ball away but, even though Steele had to deny Habib Habibou, Boro were able to hold on without him.

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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UPDATED:

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

Paul Lambert stays grounded after Norwich beat Aston Villa

Villa boss Lambert stays grounded after thrashing former club Norwich to progress

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UPDATED:

23:41 GMT, 11 December 2012

Paul Lambert remained humble in victory after Aston Villa booked their place in the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup with a 4-1 win at old club Norwich.

Lambert received a mixed welcome as he walked out at Carrow Road, with a few jeers heard among general applause for the man who masterminded the Norfolk club's meteoric rise up to the top flight from the depths of npower League One.

However, the former Canaries boss, who is in dispute with his old employers after an acrimonious departure during the summer, enjoyed the last laugh as substitute Andreas Weimann hit a second-half brace to turn the tie around after Brent Holman had cancelled out Steve Morison's opener.

Gracious: Paul Lambert watched his new club cruise past Norwich in the Capital One Cup quarter final

Gracious: Paul Lambert watched his new club cruise past Norwich in the Capital One Cup quarter final

Christian Benteke cracked in a fourth during stoppage time to move Villa within 180 minutes of Wembley.

'I thought we were excellent for the whole game,' Lambert said.

'We have been playing like that since the Sunderland game, but I am delighted, I really am.'

Lambert, who is been represented by the League Managers' Association in his arbitration hearing with Norwich, which is set for early next year, maintained he will always look back on his time at Carrow Road with pride.

'I had three great years here. We gave anyone a really good run for their money. I love the club. I've got nothing but praise for the football club,' he said.

'You like to think they [fans] appreciate what you have done and I appreciate the support they gave us.

'It is great club with great fans, but this is Chris' (Hughton) team now, he has done fantastically well with the position he has got them into and we will try and catch them.'

Villa's travelling support were in full voice on what was a bitterly cold night in East Anglia.

Just like that: Christian Benteke scored yet another goal

Just like that: Christian Benteke scored yet another goal

In it goes: Andreas Weimann scored twice for Aston Villa

In it goes: Andreas Weimann scored twice for Aston Villa

Lambert hopes to give them more to cheer about over the coming months as he aims to reconstruct the Midlands club.

'I have never been to Wembley, although I have been to watch a game,' he said.

'But it's not anything I have thought about – we have still got a couple of games to go.

'However, it gives the club something to look forward. The fans deserve a pick up as well.

'Whatever happens [for the semi-finals], Villa Park will be jam-packed.

'I will be more pleased with the pleasure the players get from it because I don't play the game any more.'

Lambert had handed Darren Bent a rare start, only for the England striker, who saw an early one-on-one saved, to limp off just after the hour with a hamstring problem.

Lambert said: 'I thought he looked pretty sharp. It was a blow for us, I don't know how serious it is.'

At home: Grant Holt (right) was unable to prevent his former manager getting a win at Carrow Road

At home: Grant Holt (right) was unable to prevent his former manager getting a win at Carrow Road

Norwich had been defending an unbeaten 10-game run heading into tonight's game, and certainly had their chances to put the tie beyond Villa at the start of the second half, when Morison missed twice in quick succession and Villa keeper Shay Given produced a brilliant reaction save to deny Grant Holt.

Canaries boss Hughton, who turned 54 today, said: 'We needed to make sure we held onto our 1-0 lead longer, and then at the start of the second half, we had a great chance and if that goes in then possibly it is a different story.

'Villa are a good footballing side and they were more clinical than us.

'It is really disappointing because we had been on a good run.

'We have to take it on the chin and now need to make sure we can get back on track for Saturday against Wigan.'

Bradford v Arsenal, Norwich v Aston Villa, Sunderland v Reading live

LIVE: Follow the Capital One Cup quarter-finals and Premier League drama as it unfolds

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Follow Sportsmail's coverage of Tuesday night's action that includes two Capital One Cup quarter-final ties and a bottom of the table clash in the Premier League. League Two side Bradford will hope to cause a shock when they host Arsenal while the other last eight tie sees Norwich host Aston Villa.

In the Premier League, two of the bottom three sides collide when Sunderland host Reading with the Black Cats aiming for three points to climb the table into 15th. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

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19.51: GOAL! SUNDERLAND 1-0 Reading

19.48: Norwich so close to taking the lead! I'm not too sure if Steve Morison is attempting a shot or a cross but either way he beats Shay Given only to see his effort come back off the post.

19.46: We are underway in all three games.

19.44: From Sportsmail's Laurie Whitwell:

Is Darren Bent starting a sign that Paul Lambert is playing his strongest side or giving some of the reserves a run out

19.42: The teams are out at all three grounds.

From OptaJoe:

4 – Aston Villa have faced Norwich City in four previous League Cup ties, progressing on all four occasions. Pedigree.

19.39: From Sportsmail's Colin Young:

'Sunderland owner Ellis Short relaxing with the press in media suite. Fairly strong exchange of views for those suggesting O'Neill under pressure.'

19.36: Just before kick-off I have one more handy piece of reading for you and it comes from our Football League expert, Joe Ridge who has compiled 10 reasons why we love Bradford City.

19.33: From Sportsmail's John Edwards:

'They've got a sense of humour in these parts, at least. Reading the teams out by the side of the pitch, the pa announcer declared, with the broadest of Bradford accents, 'now the Arsenal team. You won't be familiar with these names. Probably never heard of most of them.'

'It's a strong Arsenal starting line-up, all right, and a strong bench, but will they fancy it in these Arctic conditions The temperature is hovering around freezing point, and there's no undersoil heating.

'A night for hardy souls. Perhaps it's as well they sold Samir Nasri to Manchester City, after all…'

19.30: So did we expect Sunderland to be struggling near the bottom of the Premier League at this stage of the season

With Martin O'Neill as manager I certainly didn't but the pressure is on the former Aston Villa boss to start delivering results.

Should he stay or should he go Click here to find out what Sportsmail's Colin Young thinks in his excellent Northern Exposure column.

19.27: From Sportsmail's John Edwards at the Coral Windows Stadium:

Arsene Wenger clearly means business. It’s freezing here at Bradford’s Coral Windows Stadium, and the pitch looks rock hard, but Wenger clearly expect his Arsenal team to relish the task of booking themselves a place in the Capital One Cup semi-final, judging by his team selection.

Bradford v Arsenal
Bradford: Duke, Darby, McHugh, McArdle, Meredith, Thompson, Doyle, Gary Jones, Atkinson, Hanson, Wells. Subs: McLaughlin, Ravenhill, Ritchie Jones, Connell, Hines, Turgott, Good.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Cazorla, Ramsey, Wilshere, Podolski, Coquelin, Gervinho. Subs: Mannone, Rosicky, Arteta, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Squillaci, Jenkinson, Chamakh.

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

Back in business: Steven Fletcher has regained fitness to lead Sunderland's attack against Reading

Back in business: Steven Fletcher has regained fitness to lead Sunderland's attack against Reading

19.24: Leading scorer Steven Fletcher hands Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill a major boost by returning to the starting line-up for tonight's crucial Barclays Premier League clash with Reading.

The Scotland international has missed the two previous games with an ankle problem, but runs out among a team which features just one more change, with Jack Colback joining him in the starting XI and Connor Wickham and Phil Bardsley making way.

Royals manager Brian McDermott makes three changes as Alex Pearce, Garath McCleary and Noel Hunt come in for Sean Morrison, Jason Roberts and Hal Robson-Kanu.

19.21: Full line-ups from the Stadium of Light for the battle at the bottom of the Premier League table:

Sunderland v Reading
Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Colback, Johnson, Rose, Larsson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Westwood, Bardsley, Campbell, Wickham, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Bramble.

Reading: Federici, Cummings, Pearce, Mariappa, Shorey, McCleary, Tabb, Leigertwood, McAnuff, Hunt, Le Fondre. Subs: Taylor, Gunter, Gorkss, Harte, Gunnarsson, Obita, Samuel.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

19.18: Darren Bent starts for Aston Villa in a Capital One Cup quarter-final meeting at Carrow Road.

Bent, who has not started for Villa since a fourth-round victory over Swindon in October, partners Christian Benteke in attack, with Shay Given preferred to Brad Guzan in goal.

Lambert also hands starts to midfielders Fabian Delph and Karim El Ahmadi.

Norwich manager Chris Hughton makes three changes to the team that beat Swansea 4-3 on Saturday, with Leon Barnett, Marc Tierney and Steve Morison replacing Steven Whittaker, Javier Garrido and Wes Hoolahan.

19.15: Full line-ups from Carrow Road where Paul Lambert returns to Norwich for the first time since leaving the club for Villa Park earlier this year:

Norwich v Aston Villa
Norwich: Bunn, Martin, Barnett, Bassong, Tierney, Snodgrass, Howson, Johnson, Pilkington, Holt, Morison. Subs: Rudd, Turner, Jackson, Fox, Elliott Bennett, Garrido, Francomb.

Aston Villa: Given, Clark, Herd, Baker, Lowton, El Ahmadi, Delph, Holman, Lichaj, Benteke, Bent. Subs: Guzan, N'Zogbia, Agbonlahor, Albrighton, Bannan, Weimann, Williams.

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

Gunning for the semi-finals: Santi Cazorla (second right) starts in a strong Arsenal team at Bradford

Gunning for the semi-finals: Santi Cazorla (second right) starts in a strong Arsenal team at Bradford

19.12: From OptaJoe:

10 – Arsenal have made it to the quarter-final of the League Cup for the 10th year in a row, the longest ever run in the competition. Depth.

19.09: Speaking of Cazorla's diving, there was a much worse offender at the weekend…no, really there was.

Check out Leonardo Bonucci's terrible attempt at simulation for Juventus at Palermo on Sunday. It's certainly one of the worst dives I have ever seen.

19.06: 'Wonder when was the last time Arsenal fielded such a strong team in this competition. #CapitalOneCup'

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It's a good point. Sign of desperation from Arsenal to win a trophy or a sudden realisation that this cup is worth winning

Either way I'm all for it. The big question is of course can Santi Cazorla still produce the goods on a cold Tuesday night in Bradford (and no I don't mean the diving.)

19.03: What a game this is for Bradford who are finally back under the spotlight again.

The Bantams have sadly dropped like a stone in the football pyramid since relegation from the Premier League 11 years ago.

But despite Arsenal's strong side, the League Two outfit will surely be up for this one to make it a closer contest on the pitch than it is on paper.

19.00: Bradford starting XI:

Duke, Darby, Meredith, Hanson, Thompson, Atkinson, McHugh, G.Jones, Wells, McArdle, Doyle

18.59: Norwich starting XI:

Bunn, R. Martin, Bassong, Barnett, Tierney, Pilkington, Johnson, Howson, Snodgrass, Holt, Morison

Frozen out: Darren Bent had recently lost his place in the Aston Villa team

Frozen out: Darren Bent had recently lost his place in the Aston Villa team

18.57: Aston Villa starting XI:

Given, Clark, El Ahmadi, Bent, Holman, Delph, Benteke, Lichaj, Herd, Baker, Lowton.

18.55: Arsenal starting XI:

Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Wilshere, Coquelin, Ramsey, Cazorla, Podolski, Gervinho.

18.53: Sunderland starting XI:

Mignolet, Rose, Larsson, Gardner, Colback, O'Shea, Johnson, McClean, Cuellar, Fletcher, Sessegnon.

18.51: Reading starting XI:

Federici, Shorey, Cummings, Pearce, Mariappa, Leigertwood, Tabb, McAnuff, McCleary, Hunt, Le Fondre.

18.48: It's not just cup action we have lined up either. You may remember back in the very early stages of the season that Sunderland's Premier League home game with Reading was abandoned due to a ridiculous amount of rain making the pitch unplayable.

This evening they try again and my goodness does it seem an awful lot more important now.

A win for Sunderland and they climb out of the bottom three. Reading meanwhile need three points just to keep Premier League safety on the horizon. Defeat for the Royals and they stay six points away from it.

18.45: We are done with European football until early next year but luckily for us the domestic cups are still around to help fill the midweek void.

And those of you that remember the last round of the Capital One Cup will recall that we had goals, drama, goals and upsets. Did I mention we had goals too

With two quarter-final ties this evening it certainly isn't going to be a quiet evening in the League Cup.

Back to winning ways: Arsenal go into their quarter-final fresh off beating West Brom in the Premier League

Back to winning ways: Arsenal go into their quarter-final fresh off beating West Brom in the Premier League

Chris Hughton praises Norwich character after Everton draw

Bassong's last-gasp equaliser is 'tough to take' says Moyes

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UPDATED:

19:07 GMT, 24 November 2012

Norwich boss Chris Hughton praised the character of his players after coming from behind to snatch another valuable Barclays Premier League point at Everton.

The Canaries conceded an early goal to Steven Naismith but fought to the end in a tight encounter and claimed a last-gasp equaliser through Sebastien Bassong.

Spoiler alerts: Sebastien Bassong headed home from a Javier Garrido free-kick in the dying moments to steal a draw

Spoiler alerts: Sebastien Bassong headed home from a Javier Garrido free-kick in the dying moments to steal a draw

One up: Steven Naismith (right) celebrates after opening the scoring

One up: Steven Naismith (right) celebrates after opening the scoring

MATCH FACTS

Everton: Howard, Baines, Heitinga, Jagielka, Distin, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Osman, Pienaar, Jelavic, Naismith (Vellios 90)

Subs not used: Mucha, Hibbert, Duffy, Barkley, Kennedy, Gueye

Goal: Naismith 12

Norwich City: Ruddy (Bunn 82), Whittaker, Bassong, Garrido, R Bennett, Johnson, Pilkington, Hoolahan (Morison 75), Tettey, Snodgrass (Jackson 89), Holt

Subs not used: Barnett, Tierney, Howson, E Bennett

Booked: Johnson, Garrido, Tettey

Goal: Bassong 90

Referee: Mike Jones

Attendance: 34,502

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The result came after an impressive
win over Manchester United last weekend and extended their unbeaten run
in all competitions to seven games.

When asked if his side deserved the
point, Hughton said: 'I thought we did. Over the 90 minutes we had a
long time to get back in the game.

'From our standards of late, we conceded a very soft goal and in that first half we didn't keep the ball well enough.

'Everton were the better team over that first 45 minutes.

'But when you are 1-0 down, you have to chase it and ask a little bit more of the players. I think we got that.

'I thought we responded really well.
We showed great character. I don't think there was masses in it. It was
quite a tight affair.'

On the downside for the visitors,
goalkeeper John Ruddy – who overcame a knee problem to feature – was
forced off eight minutes from time with an unrelated thigh injury.
What a run! Bassong's header meant that Norwich have now gone six games unbeaten

What a run! Bassong's header meant that Norwich have now gone six games unbeaten

In it goes: John Ruddy is no way near Naismith's shot as it flies in

In it goes: John Ruddy is no way near Naismith's shot as it flies in

Maestro: Steven Pienaar teases Javier Garrido in front of the home crowd

Maestro: Steven Pienaar teases Javier Garrido in front of the home crowd

Hughton said the player would need to be assessed but was hopeful it would not be serious.

He said: 'We won't know until
tomorrow. Hopefully he came off at the right time. I certainly had to
make sure I brought him off.'

Everton manager David Moyes bemoaned his side's inability to kill off the opposition.

The Toffees continue to ride high in
the table but have won just one of their last seven games, a sequence
which includes five draws.

Honours even: David Moyes (left) and Chris Hughton had differing views about the outcome

Honours even: David Moyes (left) and Chris Hughton had differing views about the outcome

Moyes said: 'That was pretty hard to
take. But they were always in the game while it was only 1-0, that is
the nature of the Premier League.

'I thought we played well for 25-30 minutes. We started well and controlled the game.

'Norwich grew into the game, give them credit, they had one or two opportunities.

No cigar: Nikica Jelavic aims a shot at goal

No cigar: Nikica Jelavic aims a shot at goal

Catch me if you can: Leon Osman weaves his way past Bradley Johnson (right)

Catch me if you can: Leon Osman weaves his way past Bradley Johnson (right)

'I thought we had got through the
spell and we probably looked more likely to make it 2-0 than for them to
equalise. But they did and that was it. We came away with a point.'

Moyes was also unimpressed with the sequence of events which led to Norwich's equaliser.

He first had an issue with the award
of a free-kick against Leighton Baines and then felt John Heitinga and
Tim Howard should have done better as Javier Garrido swung in a cross
Bassong.

Howard might also have stopped the decisive header.

When asked which player was to blame,
Moyes said: 'A little bit of both. I think the ball was in the air long
enough and also I don't think it was a free-kick.'

Good luck! David Moyes (left) and Chris Hughton (right) greeted each other warmly

Good luck! David Moyes (left) and Chris Hughton (right) greeted each other warmly

Everton were without Marouane
Fellaini, Phil Neville and Seamus Coleman while Darron Gibson and Kevin
Mirallas failed to prove their fitness as hoped.

Moyes said: 'Today was always going to be a tough game. Norwich have played well and have had some good results.

'With what we had available to us it
was always going to make it quite hard. It was going to be tight – I
couldn't see us winning it that comfortably.

'We were chasing it and we didn't have an awful lot to chase it with. They are the facts.'

Faded: Everton's exceptional start quickly petered out

Faded: Everton's exceptional start quickly petered out

Faded: Everton's exceptional start quickly petered out

One positive was the lively
performance of Naismith, although the Scot squandered a good opportunity
when he failed to find Nikica Jelavic with a pass.

Moyes said: 'I hoped he would come here and get six, eight goals. That would be a decent contribution.

'He's now beginning to get a few goals, so good on him.'

Naismith arrived in the summer after the demise of Rangers, and Moyes claimed not to know the finer details of the deal.

He said: 'There's been no fee at the moment and I don't know the answer. I don't know what 'co' it is – Tesco!'

Dogged: Robert Snodgrass is pursued by Leighton Baines

Dogged: Robert Snodgrass is pursued by Leighton Baines

Everton 1 Norwich 1: match report

Everton 1 Norwich 1: Bassong salvages draw in final moments to scupper Toffees win

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17:27 GMT, 24 November 2012

Sebastien Bassong headed a last-gasp equaliser as Norwich snatched a point from a bruising Barclays Premier League encounter at Goodison Park.

Everton had started superbly and deservedly led when Steven Naismith swept in from close range after 12 minutes.

But the Toffees' top-four hopes were again undermined as they switched off at a late free-kick and Bassong headed past Howard at the far post in the final minute.

Spoiler alerts: Sebastien Bassong headed home from a Javier Garrido free-kick in the dying moments to steal a draw

Spoiler alerts: Sebastien Bassong headed home from a Javier Garrido free-kick in the dying moments to steal a draw

One up: Steven Naismith (right) celebrates after opening the scoring

One up: Steven Naismith (right) celebrates after opening the scoring

MATCH FACTS

Everton: Howard, Baines, Heitinga, Jagielka, Distin, Oviedo, Hitzlsperger, Osman, Pienaar, Jelavic, Naismith (Vellios 90)

Subs not used: Mucha, Hibbert, Duffy, Barkley, Kennedy, Gueye

Goal: Naismith 12

Norwich City: Ruddy (Bunn 82), Whittaker, Bassong, Garrido, R Bennett, Johnson, Pilkington, Hoolahan (Morison 75), Tettey, Snodgrass (Jackson 89), Holt

Subs not used: Barnett, Tierney, Howson, E Bennett

Booked: Johnson, Garrido, Tettey

Goal: Bassong 90

Referee: Mike Jones

Attendance: 34,502

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It was a fifth draw in seven games for
David Moyes' side but another encouraging result for Norwich after last
week's defeat of Manchester United.

After their frustrating recent results, Everton had appeared to mean business from the outset.

Just two minutes had gone when
Naismith played in Leon Osman and the recently-capped England midfielder
curled an effort narrowly wide of former Everton goalkeeper John
Ruddy's post.

Phil Jagielka, captain in the absence
of Phil Neville and playing right-back with Seamus Coleman also out,
flicked in an excellent cross but Nikica Jelavic could not direct a
header on target.

Everton's early superiority was rewarded when Naismith emphatically finished off a slick move.

Bryan Oviedo burst down the left after
being picked out by a fine ball from Thomas Hitzlsperger and Naismith
crashed his low ball into the roof of the net from six yards.

Everton could have doubled their lead
as Steven Pienaar, apparently on the right but roving across the field,
linked well with Hitzlsperger and Leighton Baines.

What a run! Bassong's header meant that Norwich have now gone six games unbeaten

What a run! Bassong's header meant that Norwich have now gone six games unbeaten

In it goes: John Ruddy is no way near Naismith's shot as it flies in

In it goes: John Ruddy is no way near Naismith's shot as it flies in

Maestro: Steven Pienaar teases Javier Garrido in front of the home crowd

Maestro: Steven Pienaar teases Javier Garrido in front of the home crowd

Baines powered into the box and tested
Ruddy with a fierce shot which he could only parry into Osman's path,
but the follow-up attempt went over.

Everton appealed for a penalty when Alexander Tettey slid in on Naismith but referee Mike Jones showed little interest.

Norwich looked to inspirational
forward Grant Holt to drag them back into the game and the Canaries
captain was caught offside a couple of times as they attempted to play
him through.

That might have served as a warning
and the Toffees had a let-off when Holt powered through challenges from
central defenders John Heitinga and Sylvain Distin, only to slice his
shot wide.

Everton responded as Osman clipped an
effort straight at Ruddy and the keeper also did well to smother the
ball as Naismith threatened again.

Another chance opened up for Osman as the first half drew to a close but again could only shoot at Ruddy.

Norwich ended the half much better
than they started it and had another chance when Bassong won a header at
a corner but his effort was well wide.

The second half took some while to get
going and it was a good 10 minutes before Everton produced a move of
note, and then Naismith strayed offside.

No cigar: Nikica Jelavic aims a shot at goal

No cigar: Nikica Jelavic aims a shot at goal

Catch me if you can: Leon Osman weaves his way past Bradley Johnson (right)

Catch me if you can: Leon Osman weaves his way past Bradley Johnson (right)

Norwich got an opportunity from a
set-piece after a foul by Heitinga and Anthony Pilkington curled a good
effort over the wall but Howard saved comfortably enough.

Distin, still forward after a
free-kick, had a chance for Everton as Hitzlsperger delivered a deep
ball into the box but his header did not trouble Ruddy.

Everton were annoyed when Jelavic's shot from a corner appeared to be deflected behind but Jones awarded Norwich a goalkick.

Norwich went close to an equaliser as
Wes Hoolahan put Robert Snodgrass through on goal but his shot beyond
Howard was hooked off the line by the backtracking Heitinga.

Ruddy saved well to deny Baines a
second Everton goal after the Toffees left-back had charged into the
area and let fly with a fierce shot.

Good luck! David Moyes (left) and Chris Hughton (right) greeted each other warmly

Good luck! David Moyes (left) and Chris Hughton (right) greeted each other warmly

Naismith then slipped in Osman but he
got caught in two minds between crossing and shooting and dragged the
ball across goal and wide.

Norwich then suffered a blow eight
minutes from time as Ruddy was forced off with an injury and manager
Chris Hughton needed to turn to substitute keeper Mark Bunn.

Dead-ball specialist Baines may have
fancied his chances of killing Norwich off as he lined up a free-kick on
the right with three minutes remaining.

Faded: Everton's exceptional start quickly petered out

Faded: Everton's exceptional start quickly petered out

Faded: Everton's exceptional start quickly petered out

Tettey blocked but was booked for encroaching and Baines fired a second attempt narrowly over.

Everton paid for their missed chances
as the Canaries snatched an equaliser just as the fourth official held
up his board to indicate four minutes of stoppage time.

Javier Garrido curled in a free-kick
from the right which dipped over several heads before landing perfectly
for Bassong to power a header on target.

Howard, who might also have done better for the cross, failed to get his body in the way and Norwich held on to claim a point.

Dogged: Robert Snodgrass is pursued by Leighton Baines

Dogged: Robert Snodgrass is pursued by Leighton Baines

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

Norwich v Arsenal live

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Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Norwich host Arsenal at Carrow Road to conclude Saturday's action. The Canaries are yet to win a league game under Chris Hughton and will be tested to the limit by Arsene Wenger's title chasing side. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

Norwich 1-0 Arsenal (5.30pm)

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Norwich: Ruddy, Russell Martin,
Turner, Bassong, Garrido, Elliott Bennett, Johnson, Hoolahan, Tettey,
Pilkington, Holt.
Subs: Rudd, Snodgrass, Howson, Jackson, Surman,
Morison, Ryan Bennett.

Goals: Holt 20.

Arsenal: Mannone, Jenkinson,
Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Andre Santos, Ramsey, Arteta, Cazorla, Gervinho,
Giroud, Podolski.
Subs: Martinez, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain,
Djourou, Coquelin, Arshavin, Gnabry.

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

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35min: A good chance for 2-0 goes begging for Norwich. Pilkington swings a corner into the centre where Michael Turner with a free header nods back across goal and well wide. The defender's visible frustration after shows even he knows it was a great chance. Another mark against Arsenal's zonal marking.

32min: The visitors win successive corners which end with Mikel Arteta delivering a cross into the box where Giroud's header is comfortably taken by Ruddy.

29min: The Canaries take it quick…a bit too quick though as Arsenal intercept and counter with an attack that ends with Olivier Giroud firing straight at Ruddy from point-blank range. Sparing the Frenchman's blushes is the offside flag raised over the far side.

28min: Norwich are the better team now and win a free-kick after Podolski trips Johnson 20 yards out to the left.

26min: Madman Mannone is at it again. The keeper refuses to dive for a ball he is favourite to win out wide of the penalty box, allowing Holt to deliver a pass across an open goal which an Arsenal defender clears.

24min: The first yellow card of the game and it's for Norwich's Bradley Johnson who can have no complaints after a cynical trip on Cazorla.

23min: That's three in as many games for Holt as Arsenal's attempts to respond end for now with a corner cleared by the hosts.

20min: GOAL! NORWICH 1-0 Arsenal

Now we have a game on our hands! Alex Tettety is allowed to shoot from 25 yards out but Mannone parries straight to Grant Holt who tucks home from six yards. Bad keeping.

16min: All the possession is with Arsenal but Norwich have all the answers to the Gunners attacks so far.

The visitors are being forced to even play the ball back to keeper Vito Mannone such is the organisation of Hughton's side.

13min: A miss-placed pass from Santi Cazorla seems to have stunned everyone inside the ground as the game loses its edge and the crowd their voices that both had in the opening five minutes.

10min: Pressure relieved for Norwich as Aaron Ramsey tugs down Grant Holt on the halfway line to concede a free-kick. That's about as good as it's got recently for the hosts but Arsenal have yet to test John Ruddy.

7min: Since that Pilkington chance, Norwich have hardly had the ball. Arsenal are fully awake now and are dominating possession.

4min: Podolski shoots this time though, and he only just fails to hit the target. The German international's snap shot across the target had John Ruddy beaten but it flies past the far post. Good effort.

3min: It snaps Arsenal in to life though as seconds later they go even closer. Gervinho finds Lukas Podolski on the edge of the box, but Russell Martin quickly reacts to slide in with a challenge and prevent the Gunners striker from shooting.

2min: It's the hosts who make the sharper start too as Anthony Pilkington fires narrowly wide from 25 yards out.

Kick-off: Norwich get us underway.

17.27: The teams are out at Carrow Road as the sun begins to set and the floodlights take over. Warm handshakes between ex-Tottenham coach Chris Hughton and Arsene Wenger pitchside.

17.24: From InfostradaLive:

Arsenal are one of three PL clubs without an away defeat this season – the others are Chelsea and Manchester City. They have conceded only two away goals – fewer than any other club.

Back in the squad: Jack Wilshere is on the Arsenal bench for the clash at Norwich

Back in the squad: Jack Wilshere is on the Arsenal bench for the clash at Norwich

17.21: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger spoke to ESPN before the game:

'It's good for him [Jack Wilshere] to be involved after such a long time – he is not completely ready to start but he isn't far off.

'I'm not scientific enough to tell you how long he can play but if I need him I will play him. He is desperate to play.'

17.18: Full line-ups from Carrow Road:

Norwich v Arsenal
Norwich: Ruddy, Russell Martin, Turner, Bassong, Garrido, Elliott Bennett, Johnson, Hoolahan, Tettey, Pilkington, Holt. Subs: Rudd, Snodgrass, Howson, Jackson, Surman, Morison, Ryan Bennett.

Arsenal: Mannone, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Andre Santos, Ramsey, Arteta, Cazorla, Gervinho, Giroud, Podolski. Subs: Martinez, Wilshere, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Djourou, Coquelin, Arshavin, Gnabry.

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)

17.15: England midfielder Jack Wilshere returns to the Arsenal squad for the first time in more than a year for this afternoon's Barclays Premier League clash at Norwich.

The 20-year-old had been out with niggling ankle and knee problems, but is named on the Gunners bench.

Andre Santos comes in for injured England full-back Kieran Gibbs as Arsene Wenger makes just one enforced change from the side which won at West Ham.

Norwich are still looking for their first league win under new manager Chris Hughton.
Michael Turner is recalled in central defence, while winger Antony Pilkington comea into a five-man midfield as the Canaries look to recover from their 4-1 defeat at Chelsea before the international break.

17.10: You have to feel sorry for Norwich, if there is one thing that evens out over the course of the season it's the fixture list. But when you are winless, one of the last teams you want to face off the back of an international break is Arsenal – especially with the form the Gunners are in. It could be a long evening for the Canaries and the team news is on the way.

One to watch: Santi Cazorla has been a highlight in Arsenal's attack this season

One to watch: Santi Cazorla has been a highlight in Arsenal's attack this season

Brendan Rodgers hails Luis Suarez after hat-trick against Norwich City

King Luis! Rodgers hails Suarez after hat-trick in Liverpool rout at Carrow Road

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Brendan Rodgers hailed a 'finishing masterclass' from Luis Suarez after the forward scored his second hat-trick at Norwich in five months to hand the Liverpool manager his first win in charge.

Suarez scored a memorable treble at Carrow Road last season and he repeated the feat on Saturday as he almost single-handedly tore Norwich apart in a 5-2 win for the Merseysiders.

The Uruguayan opened the scoring from the edge of the box after just 67 seconds and made amends for missing a one-on-one chance by robbing Michael Turner and slotting past John Ruddy to make it 2-0.

Masterclass: Suarez (centre) netted a hat-trick at Carrow Road

Masterclass: Suarez (centre) netted a hat-trick at Carrow Road

Suarez unselfishly played in Nuri Sahin for Liverpool's third after the break before he completed his hat-trick with a superb curling effort from 18 yards just before the hour.

'His goals here were incredible last year and this was another masterclass in finishing apart from the one on one chance,' Rodgers said.

'His first goal was terrific. The second one typifies him because he missed his easiest chance he had, but he didn't get disappointed, won back the ball, nutmegged the defender with an incredible piece of skill and then to finish the way he did was brilliant.

'It was a special day for him and the team.'

Steven Gerrard completed the rout with a deflected effort and Norwich were booed off at half-time and full-time despite consolation goals from Grant Holt and Steve Morison.

Top form: Norwich had no answer to Suarez's brilliance

Top form: Norwich had no answer to Suarez's brilliance

A debate has surrounded whether Suarez goes down too easily pretty much since he arrived in England from Ajax in January 2011.

The forward was booked for simulation against Sunderland even though replays showed he had been fouled and last week he was denied a penalty against Manchester United when he appeared to be taken out by Jonny Evans.

Those calls had infuriated Rodgers to the extent that he called referees' chief Mike Riley to complain that the Reds were not getting the decisions they deserved.

The issue reared its head again on Saturday in the first half when Leon Barnett barged into the back of Suarez in the box and also brought his elbow down on the player's shoulder.

Referee Mike Jones did not award the penalty, much to the disappointment of Rodgers.

'It was a stonewall penalty,' he said. 'I feel for the guy (Suarez), I really do. Everyone in the ground knew it was a penalty.

Paying the penalty: Rodgers felt that Suarez should have been awarded a spot-kick

Paying the penalty: Rodgers felt that Suarez should have been awarded a spot-kick

'Antonio Valencia last week got a penalty against us and there was barely any contact.

'Today the young guy Barnett elbowed (Suarez) in the head and gave him a wee nudge just to make sure, but (Jones) still didn't give it.

'If Luis is a player who goes down too easily he would have done so in the second half when a defender caught him just before the fourth goal.

'Maybe one day we will get the decision. Until that point we just continue to concentrate on our performance.'

The victory was Rodgers' first in the Premier League at the sixth attempt.

Norwich, on the other hand, are still searching for their first success under Chris Hughton.

Contrasting emotions: Hughton (left) and Rodgers (right)

Contrasting emotions: Hughton (left) and Rodgers (right)

The Canaries always looked destined for a hiding today, and had it not been for Ruddy, the margin of victory could have been five or six.

Afterwards Hughton hit out at his defence's poor showing.

He said: 'You cannot afford to give them the opportunities we gave them today and that is disappointing.'

'We will make no excuses for today or for the points we have got so far this season.

'We are all still annoyed, disappointed and angry with the goals that we conceded because it doesn't matter who you are playing if you give the opposition those sorts of opportunities there's every chance you could lose.'

Norwich 2 Liverpool 5: Suarez hat-trick inspires first league win for Rodgers

Norwich 2 Liverpool 5: Suarez hat-trick inspires first league win for Rodgers

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Luis Suarez scored his second hat-trick at Carrow Road in the space
of five months as Liverpool crushed a sorry Norwich to record their
first Barclays Premier League win under Brendan Rodgers.

Suarez scored a memorable treble on his last visit to Carrow in April
and he took just 67 seconds to open his account in Norfolk this season,
scoring from the edge of the box to make it 1-0.

Luis Suarez

Up and running: hat-trick hero Luis Suarez

Match facts

Norwich: Ruddy,Russell Martin,Turner, Barnett, Garrido, Snodgrass, Howson, Johnson, Surman, Morison, Jackson. Subs Not Used: Bunn, Holt, Hoolahan, Tierney, Ryan Bennett, Tettey, Elliott Bennett.

Liverpool: Reina,Wisdom, Agger, Skrtel, Johnson, Sterling, Sahin, Allen, Fernandez Saez, Gerrard, Suarez. Subs Not Used: Jones, Assaidi, Henderson, Coates, Downing, Carragher, Borini.

Ref: Mike Jones (Cheshire).

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He then capitalised on a terrible mistake by Michael Turner to make it 2-0 before laying on Nuri Sahin, who made it 3-0 just after the break.

The former PSV Eindhoven forward then took his tally for the season to six when he curled home from the edge of the box and Steven Gerrard scored Liverpool's fifth after Steve Morison had pulled one back for Norwich.

Substitute Grant Holt overpowered his marker to score another consolation for Norwich with three minutes to go, but there was no doubt who the bossed the game at the final whistle, as the home fans booed their team off following a poor display.

A lot had been made of Liverpool's poor start to the season under Rodgers before today's game, but the Merseysiders were a class apart at Carrow Road.

Teenage trio Raheem Sterling, Suso and Andre Wisdom all performed brilliantly and Sahin proved the perfect foil to Suarez's penetrating runs through the Norwich defence.

Hot shot: Luis Suarez scores his first goal

Hot shot: Luis Suarez scores his first goal

High jump: Suarez celebrates scoring

High jump: Suarez celebrates scoring

They played with fluency, pace and brutal finishing that will give
Rodgers hope that he can deliver success at Anfield during his first
term in charge.

A Liverpool rout seemed on the cards from the start. With just over a
minute on the clock, Glen Johnson's through-ball was cleared only as far
as Suarez and he drove home from 18 yards.

Daniel Agger headed over a free-kick as Liverpool searched for a quick
second, but Norwich then stormed forward through Simeon Jackson, who
drew a top-drawer reaction save from Pepe Reina at his near post.

Clinical: Suarez scores his second

Clinical: Suarez scores his second

Luis Suarez of Liverpool battles with Michael Turner of Norwich City

Luis Suarez of Liverpool battles with Michael Turner of Norwich City

Sterling then knocked Suarez's pin-point ball across the box but Norwich
cleared just before the unmarked Sahin could pull the trigger.

Suarez was at the centre of controversy in the 23rd minute when the
Uruguayan raced through after a long ball over the top and broke in to
the box.

Just as the forward was about to shoot Leon Barnett barged in to back of
Uruguayan and brought an elbow down on his shoulder, but referee Mike
Jones waved play on despite the please of the Reds players, who were
infuriated at the decision.

Suarez was involved in the action again minutes later when he played
Gerrard through with a wonderful 40-yard pass but John Ruddy palmed the
skipper's header away from close range.

On the ball: Liverpool's Steven Gerrard (C) evades Norwich City's Robert Snodgrass

On the ball: Liverpool's Steven Gerrard (C) evades Norwich City's Robert Snodgrass

Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy looks on as Gerrard celebrates

Joy and pain: Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy looks on as Gerrard celebrates

Jackson blazed over a good chance to put Norwich back in the game and Suarez made the hosts pay.

Barely 30 seconds after shooting wide while one on one with Ruddy, the
Uruguayan pinched the ball off a lazy Turner, nutmegged the defender and
slotted finished from 12 yards before goading the home supporters in
his celebration.

After seeing his team booed off at half-time, Chris Hughton brought on Holt and the Canaries started playing much better.

Hughton's team should have pulled one back in the 46th minute when
Jackson fired a cross the box with a volley but the ball cannoned off
Robert Snodgrass' knee and flew over the bar from barely two yards.

Once again Norwich were made to pay for their miss as Suarez came in off
the flank and unselfishly squared to Sahin, who made it 3-0. Some
Norwich fans had seen enough and left even though the game was only 56
minutes old.

Hit man: Steve Morison scores for Norwich City

Hit man: Steve Morison scores for Norwich City

On target: Grant Holt of Norwich City

On target: Grant Holt of Norwich City

Andrew Surman blazed a terrible shot wide and almost predictably Liverpool went down the other end and scored.
Norwich foolishly stood off Suarez and he curled a brilliant finished wide of the outstretched Ruddy to complete his hat-trick.

The Canaries restored some pride soon after when Reina spilled Russell
Martin's shot in to the path of Morison and he calmly swept home.

Liverpool underlined their dominance with little over 20 minutes left
when Sterling took advantage of a slip by Javier Garrido to square for
Gerrard, who scored thanks to a big deflection off Barnett that
wrong-footed Ruddy.

Suarez almost bagged his fourth four minutes later when he latched on to
Gerrard's pass down the left wing, but the forward could only find the
side-netting.

The away fans sung the names of Suarez and Rodgers in the dying minutes,
clearly delighted at their team's first win of the season.

The home fans, meanwhile, vented their frustration by booing their team off as their winless run under Hughton continued.