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QPR v Norwich live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: QPR v Norwich – follow the action from Loftus Road as it happens

By
Alex Horlock

PUBLISHED:

04:00 GMT, 2 February 2013

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UPDATED:

12:16 GMT, 2 February 2013

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as QPR host Norwich at Loftus Road to begin the weekend's action. The rock bottom Hoops boosted their squad in the January transfer window and take on Chris Hughton's Canaries who are without a league win in seven games.

12.16: As results have gradually improved under Redknapp at QPR, Norwich have slipped a little in recent fixtures. But the Canaries bounced back from a 5-0 hammering at Anfield by drawing 1-1 at home to Tottenham.

12.10: So Samba and Townsend start, but Loic Remy and Nedum Onuoha will play no part in the match.

Queens Park Rangers tweeted moments ago: 'Striker Loic Remy and defender Nedum Onuoha both ruled out due to injury. #QPRvNOR'

12.09: An Norwich's starting XI: Bunn, Martin, Bassong, Turner, Garrido, Tettey, Johnson, Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Pilkington, Holt

12.06: Here is QPR's starting line-up. No Loic Remy. Redknapp has selected Jamie Mackie to play up top: Cesar; Fabio, Samba, Hill, Traore, Wright-Phillips, Derry, Mbia, Townsend, Taarabt, Mackie

12.05: Redknapp will surely be targeting a win today. After a tricky run of games, including the likes of Manchester City and Tottenham, QPR will be keen to pile the pressure on fellow strugglers.

Should Rangers win this afternoon, they'll move within one point of Aston Villa, who face Everton at Goodison Park at 3.00pm.

12.00: Good afternoon all. There could be a few new boys making their debuts in this afternoon's early kick-off. Luciano Becchio could start up front for Norwich, as Harry Redknapp could use Jermaine Jenas, Andros Townsend and Christopher Samba – if he's fit.

The Congolese centre half joined from Anzhi for a record 12.5million on deadline day and Redknapp will be hoping Samba can keep Norwich out if he deputises at the heart of the basement boys' defence.

Saturday starters: QPR host Norwich at Loftus Road to begin the weekend's Premier League action

Saturday starters: QPR host Norwich at Loftus Road to begin the weekend's Premier League action

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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UPDATED:

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

Steve Clarke hopes Chelsea loan signing Lukaku will not be recalled

Clarke hopeful of keeping Chelsea loan signing Lukaku in January window

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UPDATED:

19:48 GMT, 22 December 2012

West Brom boss Steve Clarke is predicting a big future for on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku following his late winner in the 2-1 home success over Norwich.

The Chelsea player headed home a deep cross from Baggies left-back Goran Popov with eight minutes remaining for his sixth goal of the campaign.

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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It was a rare start for Lukaku who has been kept out of the side for most of the season by leading scorer Shane Long.

But he justified his selection as his
goal ended Norwich's 10-game unbeaten run in the Barclays Premier
League and moved Albion back into the top six.

Clarke said: 'Romelu has done well, he is a big talent, he has got a big future ahead of him in the game.

'The fact he couldn't get in the team
for most of the season is down to the form of Shane Long who shouldn't
be forgotten today.

'Shane made a difference when he came
onto the pitch, he tied up the other centre-back, has given a bit more
space to Romelu, and maybe that's why he has got the space for the
winning goal.

'It's a team effort and we don't like to single out individuals.'

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

Lukaku had chosen the rap song 'The
Question (What Am I Doing Here)' as his musical choice which was
broadcast before the game.

Clarke quipped: 'At the moment he is doing okay so that's the answer to that one!'

But the West Brom manager was non-committal when asked whether Chelsea will recall Lukaku in January.

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

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

Clarke said: 'He is on a season-long loan but there is an opportunity for the parent club to take him back in January.

'I can't affect it so I don't like to talk about it.'

Clarke felt Albion were below their best in securing their first win in five games.

He said: 'It was another performance where we were a bit scratchy. We are not quite flowing as we were early in the season.

'When you are coming in after four games without a win, there comes a bit more pressure on it.

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

'We spoke about it before the game. It was a big game for us today and it was important we got the three points.'

Norwich manager Chris Hughton felt
his side deserved a share of the spoils and was unhappy with the award
of a corner for the first Albion goal from Zoltan Gera just before
half-time which cancelled out Robert Snodgrass's 23rd-minute opener.

He said: 'I think we should have got a
point on the balance of play. Albion are a good footballing team, at
home, so you know they are going to have a percentage of possession.

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

'But I thought we had good spells in the game where we had real good possession, certainly for an away team.

'There weren't many clearcut chances and it was even and we deserved to come away with something.

'The first goal was frustrating
because they are a threat from set-plays and disappointing as it
shouldn't have been a corner in the first place and was a goal-kick.

Head we win: Romelu Lukaku heads his side's winner against Norwich

Head we win: Romelu Lukaku heads his side's winner against Norwich

'The timing of the goal gave them the lift they needed.'

Hughton added: 'We've been on a
fabulous run and it's now how we react to losing. To be unbeaten for
that number of games is a fair feat and testament to the group of lads.

'At some stage we were going to lose and it has to be about the next game.'

On the chase: Odemwingie puts Steven Whittaker under pressure

On the chase: Odemwingie puts Steven Whittaker under pressure

Wes Hoolahan praised by Chris Hughton in Norwich win

Hoolahan earns praise from Hughton as Martinez bemoans 'self-inflicted' defeat

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UPDATED:

19:03 GMT, 15 December 2012

Norwich manager Chris Hughton hailed the contribution of Wes Hoolahan after the Republic of Ireland playmaker celebrated signing a new contract with the winning goal in their 2-1 Barclays Premier League victory over Wigan at Carrow Road.

The Canaries, knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Aston Villa here in midweek, made it five successive home league victories to continue their remarkable run of 10 Premier League matches unbeaten.

Heads up: Wes Hoolahan nods home Norwich's second goal to put his side in the lead

Heads up: Wes Hoolahan nods home Norwich's second goal to put his side in the lead

Good start: Anthony Pilkington celebrates after breaking the deadlock in the first half

Good start: Anthony Pilkington celebrates after breaking the deadlock in the first half

Match facts

Norwich: Bunn, Whittaker, Turner, Bassong, Garrido, Snodgrass, Tettey, Johnson, Pilkington (E Bennett 90), Hoolahan (Howson 84), Holt (Morison 90).

Subs not used: Rudd, Martin, Howson, Jackson, Morison, E Bennett, Barnett.

Booked: Bassong, Johnson, Pilkington.

Goals: Pilkington 15, Hoolahan 64.

Wigan: Al Habsi, Boyce, Lopez, Figueroa, Stam, McArthur, McCarthy (Jones 46), Beausejour, Kone, Gomez (Maloney 46), Boselli (Di Santo 72).

Subs not used: Pollitt, Jones, Di Santo, Maloney, McManaman, Fyvie, Golobart.

Booked: Lopez.

Goal: Maloney 51.

Att: 26,677.

Ref: Lee Probert (Wiltshire).

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Anthony Pilkington set the home side
on their way with a well-taken effort after 15 minutes, only for Wigan
substitute Shaun Maloney to level at the start of the second half.

However, Hoolahan, who has agreed an
extension to stay at the Norfolk club until 2015, arrived on queue after
64 minutes to head past Ali Al Habsi.

'Fortunately for us Wes has signed a new deal and he has earned it, and not just for this season,' said Hughton.

'He was excellent today and to see Wes get a headed goal was worth the entrance fee alone.

'Wes capped off a really good all-round team performance.'

Norwich should have put the game
beyond the visitors, who were again hampered by injuries, but were
thwarted by a string of fine saves from the Latics stopper.

Hughton said: 'We should really have been more than the one up at half-time and when they scored, then there was a concern.

'We made a bit of hard work for ourselves, but I thought over the 90 minutes we thoroughly deserved it.'

Back on track: Wigan celebrate after Shaun Maloney (second right) scored their equaliser

Back on track: Wigan celebrate after Shaun Maloney (second right) scored their equaliser

Take that: Goalkeeper Mark Bunn roars with delight as Norwich regain the lead

Take that: Goalkeeper Mark Bunn roars with delight as Norwich regain the lead

Norwich's remarkable run – they have
not lost in the Premier League since defeat at Chelsea on October 6 –
has seen them climb up to seventh in the table.

Hughton, though, maintained it was
all about keeping a safe distance from any relegation dogfight, with a
trip to West Brom next weekend before Chelsea and Manchester City head
to Norfolk over the hectic festive schedule.

Hitman: Holt fires a shot towards goal, with Norwich on top of their opponents

Hitman: Holt fires a shot towards goal, with Norwich on top of their opponents

Drive: Alexander Tettey launches a strike at Ali Al-Habsi's goal

Drive: Alexander Tettey launches a strike at Ali Al-Habsi's goal

'It is not being negative, but for a
club like ourselves, it is about keeping as big as gap as you can
between us and down,' said Hughton.

'There is no shame in saying that, it is a reality for clubs like ourselves.

'But our form at the moment has deserved it.

'We are a team which has to work very hard for the points we get, so there will be no getting carried away.'

Wigan, meanwhile, have now lost five of the last seven and remain in the bottom three.

The Latics job was not made any
easier following an ankle injury to midfielder James McCarthy, who was
replaced at half-time following a crunching tackle by Bradley Johnson.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez hit out at the Canaries midfielder.

'It was a nasty challenge, one incident off the ball,' the Spaniard said.

Tussle: Jean Beausejour (right) and Norwich City's Robert Snodgrass battle for the ball

Tussle: Jean Beausejour (right) and Norwich City's Robert Snodgrass battle for the ball

Go for it: Roberto Martinez urged his players on as they struggled

Go for it: Roberto Martinez urged his players on as they struggled

'The referee has seen it and has given Johnson a yellow card.

'It is one of those actions you don't
want to see. James McCarthy has been in good form, and they took him
out of the game, which is very disappointing.'

Martinez added: 'It is his ankle
ligaments, we will X-ray it and get the results from the scans very
shortly, but I doubt if he will be available for the next 10 days.'

Wigan have several key men missing
through injury, notably in defence, and Martinez felt his team had
simply failed to get themselves a foothold in the match.

Chris Hughton

Hoolahan

Good day: Chris Hughton (left) saw his side emerge triumphant with Hoolahan (right) in fine fettle

Hands on hips: Grant Holt watches on as ref Lee Probert blows his whistle

Hands on hips: Grant Holt watches on as ref Lee Probert blows his whistle

'Our start was sluggish and
pedestrian, we were very, very, very poor and had our goalkeeper to
thank for keeping us in the game,' he said.

'The second half was very different, we started to control the game and Norwich had to start to defend.

'We scored a beautiful goal and were
starting to build positive momentum, so our disappointment is the
smallest man on the pitch gets a free header in the six-yard box.

'I felt with our second-half performance we merited something out of the game, but it was a self-inflicted defeat.'

Swansea fan arrested for alleged racist gesture towards Sebastien Bassong

Swansea fan arrested for alleged racist gesture towards Bassong after referee Webb reports incident to fourth official

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UPDATED:

23:12 GMT, 8 December 2012

A Swansea fan was arrested for allegedly making a racist gesture towards Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong.

The incident occurred during the second half of Norwich's 4-3 win at Swansea's Liberty Stadium after Robert Snodgrass had scored in the 76th minute to put the visitors 4-2 ahead.

Bassong immediately reported the incident to referee Howard Webb and a 23-year-old man was arrested and charged with a racially aggravated public order offence after TV footage of the incident had been examined.

Incident: The alleged gesture reportedly took place after Robert Snodgrass scored Norwich's fourth goal

Incident: The alleged gesture reportedly took place after Robert Snodgrass scored Norwich's fourth goal

Over to you: Bassong went to celebrate with his team-mates before motioning to referee Howard Webb, who reported the alleged gesture to the fourth official

Over to you: Bassong went to celebrate with his team-mates before motioning to referee Howard Webb, who reported the alleged gesture to the fourth official

A spokesman for Swansea said: 'An
incident happened after the fourth goal. Bassong made the referee aware
there was a racist incident towards him by a Swansea fan. Within 10
minutes the footage had been seen and the person had been identified and
arrested.

'We must stress that as a football club we abhor racism in any form and we work hard to make this a family-friendly club.'

Goalscoring defender: Bassong scored for the visitors before half time

Goalscoring defender: Bassong scored for the visitors before half time

Norwich manager Chris Hughton said:
'I've spoken to Seb and I know what the situation is, but Swansea dealt
with it in the correct manner. It's now in the hands of the
authorities.'

A police spokesperson said: 'South
Wales Police can confirm a 23-year-old Swansea man was arrested for a
racially aggravated public order offence.'

This is the latest in a spate of
apparent racist incidents. A man was recently arrested for allegedly
making monkey gestures towards West Bromwich's Romelu Lukaku in a match
at Sunderland and a Chelsea supporter was also arrested and bailed for
allegedly making a similar gesture towards Manchester United striker
Danny Welbeck.

The arrest will now sadly cast a shadow over a magnificent game of football that saw the fortunes of both sides swing back and forth before Norwich eventually triumphed.

Shame: The incident casts a shadow over a fantastic game of football at the Liberty

Shame: The incident casts a shadow over a fantastic game of football at the Liberty

Shame: The incident casts a shadow over a fantastic game of football at the Liberty

The Canaries had stunned their high-flying hosts with goals from Steven Whittaker, Bassong and Grant Holt giving them a 3-0 half-time lead.

Swansea rallied through strikes from Michu and Jonathan De Guzman, but Snodgrass made sure of the win with his excellent free-kick, before Michu netted again in stoppage time.

And Hughton was delighted with the character his side showed to stave off the Swansea fightback.

He said: 'The first half could not have gone better but it was always going to be difficult to sustain that.

'We did ourselves no favours by conceding so early in the second half, which was always going to give them a lift.

'But at 3-2 a lot of people who were not here would have expected it to go to 3-3 and become a Swansea win.

You again: Michu scored another goal to keep up his impressive strike rate

You again: Michu scored another goal to keep up his impressive strike rate

'We had to dig deep and the character we showed at 3-2 with 30 minutes to go was excellent as it was really tough.'

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup, meanwhile, was pleased with his side's reaction to a poor first half, but did not feel they deserved to get anything out of the game.

'We did not play well in the first half today. We were 3-0 down and obviously we came out and had a great reaction in the second half. We scored two and it could have been three but we had an equaliser disallowed.

'But overall we did not deserve it today after the first half. I knew there would be reaction one day after all the positive things people have been saying about us.

Swansea 3 Norwich 4: On-song Canaries stun Swans in thriller

Swansea 3 Norwich 4: On-song Canaries stun Swans in thriller

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PUBLISHED:

16:54 GMT, 8 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:21 GMT, 8 December 2012

Norwich held off Swansea's second-half fightback to extend their
unbeaten run in the Premier League to nine games with a thrilling win at the Liberty
Stadium.

The Canaries had stunned their high-flying hosts with goals from Steven
Whittaker, Sebastien Bassong and Grant Holt giving them a 3-0 half-time
lead.

High times: Norwich City striker Grant Holt

High times: Norwich City striker Grant Holt

MATCH FACTS

Swansea: Tremmel, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Dyer, Routledge, de Guzman, Ki, Michu, Graham (Shechter 68). Subs Not Used: Cornell, Bartley, Monk, Moore, Tiendalli, Agustien.

Booked: Williams,Rangel.

Goals: Michu 51, de Guzman 59, Michu 90.

Norwich: Bunn,Martin,Bassong,Whittaker (Barnett 90), Garrido, Johnson, Snodgrass, Howson, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Holt (Morison 82). Subs Not Used: Rudd, Jackson, Fox, Elliott Bennett, Tierney.

Booked: Martin.

Goals: Whittaker 16, Bassong 40, Holt 44, Snodgrass 77.

Att: 20,294

Ref: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire).

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Swansea rallied through strikes from Michu and Jonathan De Guzman, but Robert Snodgrass made sure of the win with an excellent free-kick, before Michu netted again in injury time.

Both sides' excellent recent form suggested a tight encounter, but Norwich blew those predictions out of the water with a superb first-half display to punish the sluggish Swans, who were without the injured Leon Britton.

The combination of a tigerish midfield effort from the likes of Snodgrass, Jonny Howson and Wes Hoolahan, and the same trio's neat link work in attack, proved too much for their hosts to contend with.

There were warning signs inside the opening seconds as Bradley
Johnson met Snodgrass' corner to force a save from Gerhard Tremmel.

The pressure built as Swansea were hassled and harried out of their
rhythm and Howson rattled the base of the post after seizing on Ben
Davies' weak defensive header.

The Canaries took a deserved lead in the 16th minute. Snodgrass laid the
ball off to Whittaker, and the ex-Rangers man was allowed to run and
run before cutting in and firing low past Tremmel for his first Norwich
goal.

On his knees: Swansea City goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel

On his knees: Swansea City goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel

Head case: Swansea striker Miguel Michu celebrates scoring a goal

Head case: Swansea striker Miguel Michu celebrates scoring a goal

Snodgrass forced another save from Tremmel as he cut in from the right
flank, before Swansea briefly rediscovered some of the zip that had seen
them rise as high as seventh in the table.

Their first genuine goalscoring chance came after 28 minutes. Danny
Graham did well to connect with De Guzman's flicked cross, only to see
his header come back off the bar.

Michu almost lucked into an equaliser five minutes later, the Spaniard's
drive took a huge deflection off Wayne Routledge to leave Mark Bunn
stranded, but the ball spun just wide of his right-hand post.

Swansea had been building momentum, but they were stopped in their tracks as Bassong struck for the third time in four games.

Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong scores their second goal

On song: Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong scores their second goal

Ruled out: Norwich goalkeeper Bunn is fouled by Michu (9) before Shechter turns the ball into the net

Ruled out: Norwich goalkeeper Bunn is fouled by Michu (9) before Shechter turns the ball into the net

Holt hoisted a cross to the far post, where the defender rose above Davies to beat Tremmel at the German's near post.

Just two minutes later it was 3-0.
Snodgrass' perfectly delivered free-kick picked out an unmarked Holt,
who easily steered his header beyond Tremmel to cap a superb first half
for the Canaries.
Johnson almost made it 4-0 just two minutes after the break.

Angel Rangel gifted the ball to the
visitors on the edge of his own box and Howson's delightful lobbed pass
picked out his midfield partner who manufactured an outside of the foot
volley which struck the bar.

Michu gave Swansea a route back into
the game as he slotted into the far corner from Davies' low ball across
the box in the 51st minute.

Hots hot: Swansea's Danny Graham battles for the ball with Russell Martin

Hots hot: Swansea's Danny Graham battles for the ball with Russell Martin

On the run: Swansea City's Nathan Dyer skips past Bradley Johnson

On the run: Swansea City's Nathan Dyer skips past Bradley Johnson

The Spaniard almost turned provider for Graham, and Bunn had to make a sharp save to deny the striker with Norwich starting to show signs of nerves and the game bearing little resemblance to the opening 45 minutes.

Those nerves only increased as Swansea got back within a goal on 59 minutes. Nathan Dyer outpaced Javier Garrido down the flank, and when his cross was not cleared De Guzman volleyed in.
Graham could have levelled eight minutes later but Garrido did superbly to intervene as the striker ran in on goal.

His replacement Itay Shechter had the ball in the net soon after as Bunn failed to hold the ball under pressure from Michu, but referee Howard Webb ruled the Spaniard had fouled the keeper.

Michu then headed wide as he made a trademark late arrival into the box, before Norwich doused Swansea's fire with their fourth of the afternoon.

Ashley Williams was adjudged to have hauled down Holt, but was only booked by Webb despite clearly being the last man.

Snodgrass stepped up to curl home a beautiful strike from the resulting free-kick and secure the points for Norwich, meaning Michu's second in injury time was not enough for Swansea.

Feet first: Danny Graham battles for the ball with Javier Garrido

Feet first: Danny Graham battles for the ball with Javier Garrido

Man of the moment: Norwich manager Chris Houghton

Man of the moment: Norwich manager Chris Houghton

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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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.

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Norwich 0-0 Manchester United (5.30pm)

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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

Reading 0 Norwich 0 – match report

Reading 0 Norwich 0: Royals search goes on as Canaries find their feet

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16:52 GMT, 10 November 2012

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Reading remain in the bottom three of the Barclays Premier League
after being held to a goalless draw at the Madejski Stadium by Norwich.

The Canaries travelled to Berkshire in good form, having picked up
seven points in their last three league outings, but both teams were
guilty of poor finishing and wasteful possession in a match that lacked
any moment of quality.

Committed: Grant Holt of Norwich battles for the ball

Committed: Grant Holt of Norwich battles for the ball

MATCH FACTS

Reading: Federici, Gunter, Morrison, Gorkss, Shorey, McCleary (Kebe 60), Leigertwood, Tabb, McAnuff, Roberts (Le Fondre 78), Hunt (Pogrebnyak 60). Subs Not Used: Stuart Taylor, Mariappa, Robson-Kanu, Cummings.

Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Turner, Bassong, Garrido, Snodgrass (Elliott Bennett 86), Tettey, Johnson, Pilkington, Hoolahan,Holt (Morison 85). Subs Not Used: Bunn,Howson, Jackson, Tierney, Ryan Bennett.

Booked: Turner.

Att: 24,080

Ref: Chris Foy (Merseyside).

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The game started slowly and, other than a few profligate efforts sprinkled throughout the match, it never had the tempo required to get the home fans fully behind their side's quest for a maiden league victory.

Norwich midfielder Robert Snodgrass had an early run at the Reading defence following a ball-winning tackle by Alexander Tettey, but his shot was deflected into the arms of Adam Federici.

The Australia international was featuring in his first league game since Reading's 4-2 defeat at Chelsea on August 22, but remained untested in the opening exchanges.

The hosts started to get on top after 10 minutes and had a number of set-piece opportunities that ultimately led to nothing.

The first chance of note came after a quarter of an hour when Royals' winger Garath McCleary fired in a long-range effort that was parried away by John Ruddy in the Norwich goal.

Norwich, who have only scored eight goals in the league so far this season, were struggling to provide decent service to lone striker Grant Holt.

Garath McCleary of Reading tussels with Javier Garrido of Norwich

Garath McCleary of Reading tussels with Javier Garrido of Norwich

Up and down: Garath McCleary of Reading tussels with Javier Garrido of Norwich

Garath McCleary of Reading tussels with Javier Garrido of Norwich

Garath McCleary of Reading tussels with Javier Garrido of Norwich

Bradley Johnson, last weekend's match winner against Stoke, ballooned an
effort high over Federici's crossbar midway through the first half as
the visitors started to come back into the contest.

Snodgrass then missed the best chance of the game as he headed Wes Hoolahan's cross wide.

But it was Reading who almost took the lead after half an hour as
Sebastien Bassong dallied on the ball and was robbed by Jason Roberts on
the touchline.

The experienced striker flashed the ball across goal and Michael Turner managed to turn it behind for a corner.
Neither side could find enough quality to come close to breaking the
deadlock before the interval, with a header over from Reading defender
Kaspars Gorkss and a deflected Steven Whittaker effort for Norwich the
only notable efforts on goal.

Rare sight: Norwich City's Robert Snodgrass has an effort on goal

Rare sight: Norwich City's Robert Snodgrass has an effort on goal

The same lacklustre pattern followed at the start of the second half
with Hoolahan guilty of mistiming an effort from the edge of the Reading
penalty area.

Reading boss Brian McDermott tried to inject fresh impetus into his side
with an hour gone, introducing Jimmy Kebe and Pavel Pogrebnyak from the
bench, with McCleary and Noel Hunt making way.

Norwich were starting to use the ball better in possession but could not create enough in and around the final third.
Hoolahan's cross was too high for skipper Holt and Reading almost took
the lead as they broke up the other end and saw Sean Morrison head Nicky
Shorey's free-kick just wide of Ruddy's right-hand post.

High jump: Reading's Sean Morrison

High jump: Reading's Sean Morrison

With their backs up, the home side enjoyed a spell of meaningful
possession and again came close as captain Jobi McAnuff arrowed a shot
inches over the crossbar before Kebe's cross bounced on top of the
woodwork moments later.

With 20 minutes remaining Holt was presented with the best chance of the
game but he mistimed his jump as he looked to head Javier Garrido's
cross past Federici and the ball looped out of play.

Chris Gunter then mirrored Bassong's first-half error as he lost the
ball to Holt and the Wales full-back was lucky the Canaries could not
make him pay.

Norwich defender Turner was the first man to be booked by referee Chris
Hoy with just over 10 minutes remaining as he cynically slid in on
Roberts after the forward had skipped past him with the ball.

Up for it: Jobi McAnuff of Reading battles with Steven Whittaker of Norwich

Up for it: Jobi McAnuff of Reading battles with Steven Whittaker of Norwich

It was to prove to be Roberts' last involvement as McDermott threw on
Adam Le Fondre in search of a goal that would likely seal the three
points.

With the game opening up in the closing stages, both teams found
themselves with chances as Snodgrass failed to make enough contact to a
header when well-placed in the Reading box.

Anthony Pilkington was the next player guilty of poor finishing as he
latched on to Holt's clever flick before firing high and wide from 25
yards, and Holt then forced a simple save out of Federici with a tame
header.

The last 10 minutes were similar to the rest of the game, with both sets
of players working hard but ultimately coming up short in the search
for a winning goal.