PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Norwich v Tottenham – follow all the action from Carrow Road as it happens
Follow Sportsmail”s coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Norwich host Tottenham at Carrow Road to conclude Tuesday”s action. The Canaries have surprised many by holding a comfortable mid-table slot but they face a Spurs side hoping to close the gap to the two Manchester sides at the top of the table. Email me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.
Norwich 0-0 Tottenham (7.30pm)
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Norwich: Ruddy, De Laet, Martin, Whitbread, Drury, Fox, Crofts, Surman, Hoolahan, Morison, Holt.
Subs: Rudd, Johnson, Jackson, Pilkington, Bennett, Barnett, Wilbraham.
Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Modric, Sandro, Parker, Bale, Van der Vaart, Adebayor.
Subs: Gomes, Pavlyuchenko, Bassong, Kranjcar, Rose, Livermore,Pienaar.
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)
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45+1min: Two minutes added on.
45min: Van der Vaart sends it hopelessly wide but Spurs should have a certain penalty after Morison tripped William Gallas. I”m very surprised the assistant on the touchline didn”t see that.
44min: Free-kick to Spurs 25 yards out on the left, after Wes Hoolahan is late with a sliding tackle on Scott Parker.
41min: Spurs reasserting themselves here. I would still argue it”s Norwich”s defensive display which is keeping this goalless though rather than wasteful Spurs finishing. Paul Lambert”s side have been very organised.
38min: Norwich are defending with discipline and it forces Van der Vaart to give up on trying to pass his way through, and elect to shoot from 25 yards.
The Dutchman”s powerful low effort flashes just wide of the near post though, and Ruddy was certainly scrambling across his goal to get that.
37min: As I say though, Norwich do have their moments and go close to taking the lead, as Morison”s placed shot from inside the box floats wide of the post.
35min: Excellent save from Ruddy. Bale turned brilliantly on the edge of the area to open up space to goal, but his near post drive is turned behind by the keeper.
32min: What a pass from Van der Vaart, who picks out Adebayor with a 40-yard ball before the striker”s first touch lets him down as he tries to go around Ruddy and the ball rolls out for a goal kick.
31min: Shocking…from both teams. Horrible control from Russell Martin allows Bale to steal the ball, but after storming into the box the Welshman blasts over. A big waste.
28min: But Spurs go close again as Bale”s 25-yard drive deflects just wide for a corner, which Norwich clear.
Set-pieces are a Spurs weakness it seems.
26min: There is plenty of encouragement here for Norwich who have had Spurs on the back foot a couple of times in this match. The visitors not controlling this game like they were in the early stages.
23min: It comes to nothing as Younes Kaboul disappointingly smashes the effort well wide, not as bad as Walker, but it was still rotten.
22min: It”s like watching PES 2012 at times as Spurs ping the ball around at ease from all angles, before Bale is brought down on the very edge of the box on the left flank.
19min: A contender for worst shot of the year. The move before it is poetry, as Spurs move the ball around in a nice flow of quick passes but Walker”s shot at the end is about 20 yards off target.
18min: From InfostradaLive:
Tottenham have not won in their last 12 top flight matches on Dec 27, since a 1-0 win over Sheffield United in 1965.
17min: The hosts are getting back into this now as David Fox tests Friedel from distance – now it”s Spurs struggling to get the ball.
15min: Problem for Adam Drury who is receiving some treatment on his knee following a collision with Kyle Walker. He should be okay to continue though.
At full stretch: Norwich”s Steve Morison (left) closes down Spurs” Younes Kaboul
13min: Norwich finally get a foot on the ball when they win a free-kick following a late sliding tackle from Van der Vaart. Spurs with 71 per cent of the game so far.
10min:…erm and another. Spurs well on top at this stage but Norwich survive again as Rudy collects the cross.
9min: Spurs win a free-kick after Grant Holt pushes Assou-Ekotto in the face, no card is given though as the visitors then win another corner from that set-piece.
8min: Spurs win successive corners and the hosts have had to do plenty of defending so far. They are doing a decent job of it though as they survive both set plays.
6min: More tricks and flicks from Spurs as Adebayor”s back heel is fired on target by Bale – which again Ruddy collects.
5min: Spurs trying to take control with Bale”s knock-down fired low by Rafael van der Vaart, but it lacks the power to trouble John Ruddy.
2min: Bright start from both, with Steve Morison testing Brad Friedel and a Spurs counter ending when Emmanuel Adebayor is hounded out inside the box following a run and pass from Gareth Bale.
Hands off: Grant Holt (centre) puts Tottenham”s Sandro under pressure
Kick-off: Norwich get us going by aiming a long punt towards Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
19.26: Grant Holt and Scott Parker lead out their respective sides to welcome applause from the fans…and Fatboy Slim”s “Right here Right Now”.
19.23: Carrow Road looks full for this one, no doubt the home fans will be fully behind their team tonight. Norwich have had a great start to the season.
19.20: From InfostradaLive:
7 draws current #EPL matchround with Norwich-Spurs still to be played. 8 would be 20-team PL record.
19.17: But Norwich will NOT roll over tonight. They have already caused Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal problems this season as well as grabbing a draw at Liverpool.
I will go as far as saying the Canaries will steal all three points – a result that will take them into the top 10 and ninth place.
Fighting fit: Luka Modric (white) came through a late fitness test to start for Tottenham
19.14: So the meat of the game. If Spurs win this they take advantage of home draws from London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal to stretch their lead in third to four points with a game in hand.
And if you are being really optimistic just seven points from the top.
19.11: Rafael van der Vaart overcomes a hamstring injury as Tottenham make one change for tonight”s crucial Barclays Premier League match at Norwich.
Younes Kaboul comes in for Ledley King in the only alteration from the Spurs team that drew 1-1 with Chelsea last week.
Norwich left-back Adam Drury comes in for Marc Tierney to make his first start of the season while Ritchie de Laet replaces the suspended Kyle Naughton at right-back.
19.08: Full line-ups from Carrow Road:
Norwich v Tottenham
Norwich: Ruddy, De Laet, Martin, Whitbread, Drury, Fox, Crofts, Surman, Hoolahan, Morison, Holt. Subs: Rudd, Johnson, Jackson, Pilkington, Bennett, Barnett, Wilbraham.
Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Modric, Sandro, Parker, Bale, Van der Vaart, Adebayor. Subs: Gomes, Pavlyuchenko, Bassong, Kranjcar, Rose, Livermore, Pienaar.
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)
19.05: Now I look at this fixture and I see one thing – goals.
The only way Tottenham know how to play is by throwing people forward and for Norwich it is pretty much the same philosophy.
I will be amazed if this finishes 0-0 and I predict at least three goals – but that”s not the only reason to follow this one…Team news coming up.
Danger men: Norwich will aim to stop Tottenham duo Gareth Bale (left) and Emmanuel Adebayor