Late goals from Bradley Johnson and Lewis Grabban gave Norwich their second successive home win as they ended Blackburn's unbeaten start.

The visitors went ahead just 49 seconds into the game when Tom Cairney struck home a superb volley.

But summer signing Grabban equalised on 23 minutes when he tapped in after Paul Robinson saved his penalty.

Johnson curled in a fine effort with three minutes to go and Grabban side-footed his second in added time.

Adams on Norwich v Blackburn

That took his tally to three goals in three games since his summer move from Bournemouth, as Norwich climbed into sixth.

The Canaries had fallen behind inside the first minute when Cairney netted his second spectacular strike of the season.

No transfer talk

Norwich boss Neil Adams on rumours he could sign striker Cameron Jerome and defender Carlos Cuellar - who was at the game: "I know the speculation is out there but I will not be commenting until there is something concrete to report."

Having scored in Blackburn's opening-night draw with Cardiff, the former Hull player again fired home from 25 yards, this time after Rudy Gestede knocked the ball into his path.

Rovers then had a penalty claim rejected after the ball appeared to strike Steven Whittaker on the arm, but referee Graham Scott pointed to the spot at the other end when Wes Hoolahan's cross hit Jason Lowe's arm.

Grabban's penalty was saved by Robinson, but the striker tapped in the rebound to make it 1-1.

Norwich dominated after the break, with Ryan Bennett heading against the bar and Robinson making a fine save from a Grabban header.

But the former England goalkeeper could not stop Johnson putting Norwich ahead and, though Rovers pressed for a leveller, it was Norwich who added a third late on.

With Robinson up for a corner, the hosts broke away and Grabban prodded home at the second attempt to seal the points.

Norwich manager Neil Adams: "Aside from the first 15 minutes I thought it was a fantastic performance.

"I thought we were tremendous all over the pitch and looked a threat left, right and centre.

"We moved the ball well, scored three goals and I think we deserved to win the game."

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer on the two penalty decisions: "Those were the two defining moments in the game.

"Their player had his arm out and denied us a clear goalscoring opportunity. Then Jason Lowe is hit by the ball with his arms down by his side and the referee points to the spot.

"The rules need explaining, they really do, because those two decisions have really cost us."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Norwich City

  • 01 Ruddy
  • 02 Whittaker
  • 05 Martin
  • 06 Turner
  • 18 Garrido (R Bennett - 45' Booked )
  • 27 Tettey
  • 04 Johnson
  • 22 Redmond (Murphy - 81' )
  • 14 Hoolahan
  • 09 Lafferty (E Bennett - 74' )
  • 07 Grabban

Substitutes

  • 16 Loza
  • 17 E Bennett
  • 21 Murphy
  • 24 R Bennett
  • 26 Rudd
  • 28 O'Neil
  • 29 Surman

Blackburn Rovers

  • 01 Robinson
  • 06 Lowe Booked
  • 15 Baptiste
  • 05 Hanley
  • 14 Olsson
  • 10 Cairney
  • 29 Evans Booked
  • 17 Williamson Booked (Varney - 89' )
  • 32 Conway (Marshall - 81' )
  • 11 Rhodes (King - 64' )
  • 39 Gestede

Substitutes

  • 02 Henley
  • 07 King
  • 08 Dunn
  • 12 Marshall
  • 13 Eastwood
  • 16 Varney
  • 19 Taylor
Ref: Graham Scott
Att: 25,835

Match Stats

Shots

17 12

On target

11 4

Corners

13 6

Fouls

9 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Norwich City 3, Blackburn Rovers 1.

90:00 +6:36 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Norwich City 3, Blackburn Rovers 1.

90:00 +6:15

Corry Evans went off injured after Blackburn Rovers had used all subs.

90:00 +6:03

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

90:00 +4:25

Delay in match Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

90:00 +3:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Norwich City 3, Blackburn Rovers 1. Lewis Grabban (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a fast break.

90:00 +3:03

Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Norwich City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Murphy.

90:00 +2:29

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Bradley Johnson.

90:00 +2:26

Attempt saved. Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

90:00 +0:50

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Steven Whittaker.

89:25

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Joshua King.

88:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Luke Varney replaces Lee Williamson.

88:27

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

86:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Norwich City 2, Blackburn Rovers 1. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan following a set piece situation.

86:02

Steven Whittaker (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

86:02

Foul by Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers).

85:16

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:16

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

80:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Ben Marshall replaces Craig Conway.

80:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Josh Murphy replaces Nathan Redmond.

79:12

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Corry Evans.

78:47

Attempt saved. Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) header from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Craig Conway.

78:05

Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

78:05

Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:43

Attempt saved. Steven Whittaker (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

73:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Elliott Bennett replaces Kyle Lafferty.

71:21

Offside, Norwich City. Michael Turner tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

69:58

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Markus Olsson.

69:56

Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Kyle Lafferty with a headed pass.

69:19

Attempt blocked. Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

68:56

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

65:46

Ryan Bennett (Norwich City) hits the bar with a header from the left side of the box. Assisted by Alexander Tettey with a cross following a corner.

65:11

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

65:09

Attempt saved. Ryan Bennett (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a cross.

64:05 Booking

Booking Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

63:39

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:39

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

63:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Joshua King replaces Jordan Rhodes.

60:45

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

60:45

Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:53

Attempt missed. Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

57:38

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

57:36

Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

56:31

Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:31

Foul by Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers).

53:26

Offside, Norwich City. Wes Hoolahan tries a through ball, but Kyle Lafferty is caught offside.

50:03

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

48:18

Attempt blocked. Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

47:54

Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City).

47:54

Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:09

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

45:09

Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00

Second Half begins Norwich City 1, Blackburn Rovers 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Ryan Bennett replaces Javier Garrido.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Norwich City 1, Blackburn Rovers 1.

43:55

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

43:12

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Javier Garrido with a cross.

40:24

Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City).

40:24

Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:07

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

37:16

Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:16

Foul by Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers).

34:35

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

34:35

Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:38

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

30:36

Attempt saved. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Javier Garrido.

29:41

Offside, Norwich City. Russell Martin tries a through ball, but Nathan Redmond is caught offside.

29:23

Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:23

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

27:42

Offside, Norwich City. Wes Hoolahan tries a through ball, but Nathan Redmond is caught offside.

25:34 Booking

Booking Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

25:24

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:24

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

22:24 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Norwich City 1, Blackburn Rovers 1. Lewis Grabban (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

22:22

Penalty saved! Lewis Grabban (Norwich City) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

21:20

Penalty conceded by Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

19:56

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Markus Olsson.

19:21

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

18:07 Booking

Booking Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

18:01

Javier Garrido (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

18:01

Foul by Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers).

16:14

Foul by Michael Turner (Norwich City).

16:14

Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

14:51

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

14:49

Attempt saved. Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan.

13:57

Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Javier Garrido.

11:25

Kyle Lafferty (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

11:25

Foul by Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers).

9:27

Attempt missed. Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left following a corner.

8:49

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Steven Whittaker.

7:31

Attempt saved. Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes with a headed pass.

6:54

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Russell Martin.

6:51

Attempt blocked. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes.

6:10

Attempt missed. Steven Whittaker (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

5:14

Offside, Norwich City. Wes Hoolahan tries a through ball, but Nathan Redmond is caught offside.

4:27

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a set piece situation.

3:55

Foul by Nathan Redmond (Norwich City).

3:55

Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

3:10

Attempt missed. Alex Baptiste (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a corner.

2:48

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Michael Turner.

2:11

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Kyle Lafferty.

0:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Norwich City 0, Blackburn Rovers 1. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Corry Evans with a headed pass.

0:12

Foul by Steven Whittaker (Norwich City).

0:12

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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