Norwich 2-0 Bolton
Norwich secured their fifth home league win of the season with victory over Bolton, despite losing both centre-halves to first-half injuries.
Simeon Jackson had gone close before he provided the cutback for Andrew Surman to score at the second attempt.
Anthony Pilkington netted the second after Adam Bogdan spilled a shot.
And despite the early exit of City pair Daniel Ayala and Zak Whitbread, Martin Petrov's long-range efforts proved Bolton's best hope of finding the net.
The result lifts Norwich to ninth but Bolton slip into the relegation zone as Wolves picked up an away win at QPR.
The visitors had arrived at Carrow Road on the back of a recent revival in their fortunes - including league wins over Everton and Liverpool and a draw with Arsenal - but they rarely looked like taking more than a point.
Norwich started purposefully as striker Grant Holt guided an athletic volley into the gloves of Bogdan.
That effort signalled the start of concerted pressure from the hosts and Jackson twice tried shots from acute angles after finding himself short of passing options in the middle.
If the Canadian international might have done better, team-mate Andrew Surman certainly lacked composure soon after as his shot from six yards rebounded to safety off the bar.
The Canaries' promising start was hampered by injuries to centre-back pairing Ayala and Whitbread that brought Russell Martin and Elliott Bennett into the action early.
Bolton failed to capitalise on the disruption in the hosts' defence however, a pair of long-range blasts from Petrov failing to test John Ruddy.
The Norwich goalkeeper had to wait until the 55th minute for his first save, a sharp parry from David Ngog's turn and shot, but he was quickly required to produce a second.
Petrov's corner almost sneaked in at Ruddy's near post, with the goalkeeper scrambling across his goal to punch clear as Chris Eagles rushed in.
Bolton boss Owen Coyle introduced Kevin Davies in an attempt to stretch the hosts, but the Canaries continued to carry a greater threat and the Trotters' hopes of even a point were extinguished as Norwich's neat passing game was finally rewarded in the final quarter of the game.
Jackson's pace twice carried him clear of Bolton defenders to produce only powder-puff finishes before he more successfully turned creator with a precise pull-back for Surman.
Tyrone Mears blocked the midfielder's first shot but the ball looped up invitingly for him to smash the rebound past a helpless Bogdan.
Holt had two excellent chances to kill the game, but contrived to guide Pilkington's cross over the bar and then passed when he should have shot after being played in by Steve Morison.
But Pilkington saw his side home as he reacted first to poke home after Bogdan lost control of Russell Martin's well-struck shot five minutes from time.
- 01 Ruddy
- 03 Drury
- 06 Whitbread (Bennett - 40' )
- 25 Naughton
- 26 Ayala (R Martin - 23' )
- 11 Surman
- 12 Pilkington
- 14 Hoolahan
- 15 Fox
- 09 Holt
- 10 Jackson (Morison - 74' )
- 31 Steer
- 02 R Martin
- 04 Johnson
- 07 Crofts
- 17 Bennett
- 05 Morison
- 21 Wilbraham
- 01 Bogdan
- 12 Knight
- 15 Mears
- 18 Ricketts
- 31 Wheater
- 06 Muamba (K Davies - 57' )
- 07 Eagles (Tuncay - 73' )
- 10 Petrov
- 16 M Davies
- 19 Reo-Coker
- 24 Ngog (Sordell - 82' )
- 22 Jaaskelainen
- 25 Boyata
- 21 Pratley
- 09 Tuncay
- 14 K Davies
- 17 Klasnic
- 29 Sordell
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.90:00 +1:44
Shot from just outside the area by Martin Petrov misses to the right of the target.90:00 +0:24
Short corner worked by Anthony Pilkington.90:00 +0:09
The ball is crossed by Andrew Surman, clearance by Samuel Ricketts.89:16
The ball is delivered by Tyrone Mears.88:35
Wesley Hoolahan fouled by Mark Davies, the ref awards a free kick. David Fox takes the direct free kick.86:56
Effort from the edge of the area by Andrew Surman goes wide of the right-hand upright.86:13
The ball is sent over by Grant Holt, Adam Bogdan makes a comfortable save.84:21
Russell Martin provided the assist for the goal.84:21 Goal scored
Goal! - Anthony Pilkington - Norwich 2 - 0 Bolton Anthony Pilkington finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Norwich 2-0 Bolton.84:15
Russell Martin takes a shot. Save by Adam Bogdan.83:56
Corner taken by David Fox from the right by-line to the near post, Samuel Ricketts makes a clearance.82:56
Tuncay Sanli delivers the ball, save made by John Ruddy.82:29
The assistant referee signals for offside against Anthony Pilkington. Adam Bogdan takes the indirect free kick.82:16
John Ruddy takes the free kick.81:34 Substitution
Substitution Marvin Sordell is brought on as a substitute for David Ngog.81:34
David Ngog is flagged offside by the assistant referee.80:51
Grant Holt sends in a cross, Steve Morison takes a shot. Zat Knight gets a block in.80:06
Anthony Pilkington sends in a cross, Close range effort by Grant Holt goes over the bar.78:52
Corner taken by Martin Petrov, comfortable save by John Ruddy.
Shot from 18 yards from Martin Petrov. Save by John Ruddy.77:25
Grant Holt is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.76:42
Samuel Ricketts challenges Grant Holt unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andrew Surman crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.75:55
Kevin Davies produces a cross.74:36
Unfair challenge on David Ngog by Anthony Pilkington results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Samuel Ricketts from right channel, save by John Ruddy.74:09
The ball is crossed by Martin Petrov, clearance made by Kyle Naughton.73:12 Substitution
Substitution Steve Morison joins the action as a substitute, replacing Simeon Jackson.72:32
Adam Bogdan takes the free kick.72:32 Substitution
Substitution Tuncay Sanli joins the action as a substitute, replacing Chris Eagles.72:32
Adam Drury challenges Tyrone Mears unfairly and gives away a free kick.69:58
Simeon Jackson provided the assist for the goal.69:58 Goal scored
Goal! - Andrew Surman - Norwich 1 - 0 Bolton A goal is scored by Andrew Surman from inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Norwich 1-0 Bolton.68:58
Centre by Simeon Jackson, Andrew Surman takes a shot. David Wheater gets a block in.68:11
Shot from just outside the box by Wesley Hoolahan goes over the bar.67:37
A cross is delivered by Samuel Ricketts, comfortable save by John Ruddy.67:24
The ball is swung over by Chris Eagles, Kyle Naughton makes a clearance.66:56
Shot by Simeon Jackson. Save by Adam Bogdan.66:34
Martin Petrov crosses the ball, Kyle Naughton manages to make a clearance.65:42
The ball is swung over by Martin Petrov, comfortable save by John Ruddy.65:35
Chris Eagles produces a cross, clearance made by Elliott Bennett.64:54
Unfair challenge on Kyle Naughton by Nigel Reo-Coker results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Ruddy.64:09
Effort from 18 yards by Tyrone Mears. Blocked by Kyle Naughton.63:10
Shot on goal by Grant Holt from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.61:32
Tyrone Mears sends in a cross, Effort from deep inside the area by Martin Petrov misses to the right of the goal.60:05
Martin Petrov produces a cross.59:57
Chris Eagles crosses the ball.58:59
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Naughton on David Ngog. Tyrone Mears delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.56:58
Martin Petrov crosses the ball, comfortable save by John Ruddy.56:21
Corner taken by Martin Petrov from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by John Ruddy.56:21 Substitution
Substitution Kevin Davies joins the action as a substitute, replacing Fabrice Muamba.55:56
David Ngog takes a shot. Save made by John Ruddy.55:24
The ball is crossed by Martin Petrov.54:08
The ball is crossed by Wesley Hoolahan, Tyrone Mears manages to make a clearance.53:33
The assistant referee flags for offside against David Ngog. John Ruddy takes the free kick.52:31
Wesley Hoolahan produces a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Simeon Jackson misses to the right of the target.50:37
Effort from deep inside the area by Simeon Jackson misses to the left of the goal.49:09
The ball is sent over by Martin Petrov, clearance made by Russell Martin.48:27
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov from the left by-line, Grant Holt manages to make a clearance.47:59
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Martin Petrov, Russell Martin manages to make a clearance.47:38
The ball is delivered by Martin Petrov, Elliott Bennett makes a clearance.46:10
Adam Drury delivers the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Grant Holt misses to the left of the goal.45:36
Anthony Pilkington sends in a cross, Tyrone Mears manages to make a clearance.45:28
The ball is delivered by Elliott Bennett, Samuel Ricketts makes a clearance.45:01
The referee gets the second half started.45:00 +2:59 Half time
Half Time The first half comes to an end.45:00 +2:01
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Eagles by Grant Holt. Strike comes in from Martin Petrov from the free kick, Anthony Pilkington gets a block in.45:00 +1:49
The ball is crossed by Chris Eagles, clearance made by Adam Drury.42:02
Shot by Chris Eagles missed to the left of goal.40:42
Outswinging corner taken by Chris Eagles, Martin Petrov takes a shot. David Fox makes a clearance. Chris Eagles takes a outswinging corner.40:31
The ball is delivered by Tyrone Mears, clearance by Andrew Surman.39:25
Direct free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.39:25 Substitution
Substitution Elliott Bennett replaces Zak Whitbread.39:25
Unfair challenge on Samuel Ricketts by Grant Holt results in a free kick.38:19
Chris Eagles takes a shot. Blocked by Adam Drury.35:29
Handball by Chris Eagles. Direct free kick taken by John Ruddy.32:57
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simeon Jackson by David Wheater. Strike comes in from Anthony Pilkington from the free kick.31:19
Effort from outside the penalty area by David Fox goes wide left of the target.28:34
David Ngog is ruled offside. John Ruddy restarts play with the free kick.27:29
Corner from the left by-line taken by Martin Petrov, clearance made by Grant Holt. Shot from a long way out by Fabrice Muamba goes wide of the left-hand upright.27:23
Martin Petrov sends in a cross, clearance made by Kyle Naughton.27:09
Tyrone Mears produces a cross, clearance by Kyle Naughton.26:17
The ball is swung over by Adam Drury.24:07
Anthony Pilkington produces a cross.23:32
Wesley Hoolahan sends in a cross, Andrew Surman takes a shot.23:05
David Wheater concedes a free kick for a foul on Grant Holt. Grant Holt restarts play with the free kick.22:15 Substitution
Substitution Russell Martin is brought on as a substitute for Daniel Ayala.20:58
A cross is delivered by Chris Eagles.19:24
The ball is crossed by Adam Drury, clearance made by Samuel Ricketts.17:53
The ball is swung over by Anthony Pilkington.16:16
Shot by Simeon Jackson. Save by Adam Bogdan.14:57
Effort on goal by Simeon Jackson from inside the box misses to the right of the target.13:34
Simeon Jackson sends in a cross, Shot from 12 yards by Grant Holt. Save made by Adam Bogdan.12:45
David Fox takes a shot. Clearance by Zat Knight.11:43
Foul by Fabrice Muamba on Andrew Surman, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from David Fox from the free kick.10:38
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by David Fox from the right by-line to the near post, Martin Petrov manages to make a clearance.10:02
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by David Fox from the right by-line, Zak Whitbread takes a shot. Clearance by Martin Petrov.9:22
Centre by Simeon Jackson, David Wheater manages to make a clearance.8:27
A cross is delivered by Chris Eagles.7:24
Foul by Adam Drury on Chris Eagles, free kick awarded. Adam Bogdan restarts play with the free kick.6:21
The official flags Simeon Jackson offside. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.1:35
Anthony Pilkington crosses the ball, Adam Bogdan makes a comfortable save.0:41
Centre by Samuel Ricketts, clearance made by Daniel Ayala.0:00
The ref blows the whistle to start the match.
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