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Norwich City 1-0 Leicester City: Canaries breathe life into survival hopes with precious win

Jamal Lewis
Jamal Lewis' only previous career goal came in the FA Cup against Chelsea in 2018

Norwich moved to within four points of an unlikely escape from the Premier League relegation zone as Jamal Lewis' fine goal gave them a precious win against Leicester.

The Canaries were in real danger of being cut adrift heading into the final 10 games of the season but can now retain hope of overhauling the struggling sides above them after a much-needed win.

Daniel Farke's side had not scored from open play since New Year's Day but managed to hang on after Lewis smashed in for a fifth win of the season.

For the second week in a row, Leicester will feel hard done by as they saw Kelechi Iheanacho's excellent 20-yarder ruled out by VAR for handball.

Brendan Rodgers saw his side have plenty of pressure without the injured Jamie Vardy but the Foxes have now gone five games without a win in all competitions.

Leicester have looked locked in for a European place for months now and will remain in third place no matter what happens over the Premier League weekend - but they will now be starting to worry after a damaging slump in form.

At the other end of the table, survival was starting to look improbable but this win could prove absolutely vital come the end of the campaign.

Unlikely hero gives Canaries fresh hope

On the 15th anniversary of Delia Smith's famous "where are you?" outburst at half-time of a 3-2 defeat by Manchester City, the club were in need of inspiration once again.

One win in 14 league games had left the Canaries rooted to the foot of the table and a further defeat would have left them on 18 points after 28 games.

Only one side in Premier League history - Portsmouth in 2006 - had stayed up after being in such a predicament but now Norwich can focus on Watford and West Ham just a win ahead.

Delia was watching on again as defender Ben Godfrey went close with an early header before a familiar tale of pretty approach play with no end product began to play out.

Top scorer Teemu Pukki dragged wide after fine play from Todd Cantwell and Emiliano Buendia but it was hard to see where a goal could come from.

Lewis was the unlikely answer, arriving on to right-back Max Aaron's deep cross to hit a swerving shot on the bounce that curved past Kasper Schmeichel and in. It was his first league goal for the club on his 82nd appearance.

The hosts actually wasted two great counter-attacks - including a six-on-three break - but held on for just a second league win since November.

"A win is always good for the mood and confidence but I am not over the moon," Farke said.

"It was important that we were on top of our game to get some points because we are the underdogs in this league.

"There are more than 20 points, let us see how far we can go. We will be brave and let's see what the outcome can be."

Staying up? Norwich's run-in
7 March - Sheffield Utd (a)14 March - Southampton (h)
21 March - Everton (h)4 April - Arsenal (a)
11 April - Brighton (h)18 April - Watford (a)
25 April - West Ham (h)2 May - Chelsea (a)
9 May - Burnley (h)17 May - Man City (a)

'We can't dance around the truth'

Kelechi Iheanacho
Kelechi Iheanacho's celebrations were cut short by VAR

This week marks the first anniversary of Rodgers' arrival at Leicester and the club are perhaps facing their first real blip.

Vardy was missing with a calf strain but Leicester still could and should have been ahead before Lewis' intervention.

Dennis Praet hit the outside of the post as Leicester had 12 first-half efforts and Iheanacho's 'goal' would surely have stood in any previous season.

As the striker jostled with Godfrey for a bouncing ball, both players appeared to unintentionally handle it before the former Manchester City man went on to power home a brilliant finish with his left foot.

There was a long wait as VAR Graham Scott consulted the footage and the goal was ruled out. It was another blow for Leicester and Rodgers, who felt his side were denied a penalty for handball against Manchester City last week.

"We are disappointed with our goal being ruled out," Rodgers said.

"We felt it was very, very harsh. It was unintentional but it hits their player's arm and drops on to Kelechi's.

"We have been inconsistent. We can't dance around the truth, we need to be better but that is something I am confident we can do.

"We need to get that focus back in our game."

An expected late onslaught never really came as Leicester failed to force Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul into a save in the final 20 minutes despite plenty of pressure.

They retain a nine-point cushion over fifth-placed Manchester United but need a win soon to get their Champions League hopes back on track.

Man of the match - Emiliano Buendia (Norwich)

Emiliano Buendia
Recalled by Daniel Farke, Buendia had more touches, passes in the opposition half and crosses than any other Norwich player

What next?

Norwich head to Tottenham in the FA Cup fifth round on Wednesday night - live on the BBC - while Leicester host Birmingham at the same time.

Leicester slump continues - the stats

  • Norwich City enjoyed only their fifth Premier League win of the season, with two of those coming against teams occupying the top three (3-2 vs Man City in September)
  • Leicester have lost six of their last 11 Premier League games (W3 D2 L6), one more than they lost in their first 27 matches under Brendan Rodgers (W17 D5 L5)
  • Leicester have now lost three of their last four Premier League games against teams starting the day in the bottom half (W1 D0 L3), having lost just one of their first 18 games of this kind under Brendan Rodgers (W13 D4 L1)
  • Leicester suffered a Premier League defeat against a team starting the day bottom for the first time since December 2016, when they lost 2-1 against Sunderland
  • Norwich defender Jamal Lewis - aged 22 years and 34 days - became the youngest Northern Irish player to score in the Premier League since Craig Cathcart in January 2011 for Blackpool against Man Utd (21y 353d)

Line-ups

Norwich

  • 1Krul
  • 2Aarons
  • 5HanleyBooked at 53mins
  • 4Godfrey
  • 12Lewis
  • 27Tettey
  • 23McLean
  • 17Buendía
  • 25DudaSubstituted forStiepermannat 87'minutes
  • 14CantwellSubstituted forRuppat 68'minutes
  • 22PukkiSubstituted forDrmicat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Rupp
  • 8Vrancic
  • 18Stiepermann
  • 19Trybull
  • 20Drmic
  • 33McGovern
  • 35Idah

Leicester

  • 1SchmeichelBooked at 87mins
  • 21Ricardo Pereira
  • 6Evans
  • 4Söyüncü
  • 3Chilwell
  • 20ChoudhurySubstituted forNdidiat 67'minutes
  • 17PérezSubstituted forAlbrightonat 78'minutes
  • 26PraetBooked at 62minsSubstituted forTielemansat 73'minutes
  • 10Maddison
  • 15Barnes
  • 14Iheanacho

Substitutes

  • 2Justin
  • 5Morgan
  • 7Gray
  • 8Tielemans
  • 11Albrighton
  • 12Ward
  • 25Ndidi
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
27,010

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home11
Away19
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Norwich City 1, Leicester City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Norwich City 1, Leicester City 0.

Attempt saved. Josip Drmic (Norwich City) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Ben Chilwell (Leicester City).

Kenny McLean (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City).

Grant Hanley (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ben Chilwell (Leicester City).

Josip Drmic (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Josip Drmic (Norwich City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lukas Rupp.

Jonny Evans (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Josip Drmic (Norwich City).

Booking

Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Marco Stiepermann replaces Ondrej Duda.

Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

Çaglar Söyüncü (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josip Drmic (Norwich City).

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Josip Drmic replaces Teemu Pukki.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Marc Albrighton replaces Ayoze Pérez.

Attempt missed. Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. Youri Tielemans (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

James Maddison (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Youri Tielemans replaces Dennis Praet.

Attempt missed. Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) with an attempt from the left side of the six yard box is too high following a set piece situation.

Jonny Evans (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Teemu Pukki (Norwich City).

Goal!

Goal! Norwich City 1, Leicester City 0. Jamal Lewis (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Max Aarons with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Lukas Rupp replaces Todd Cantwell.

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Harvey Barnes.

Attempt blocked. Ondrej Duda (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Wilfred Ndidi replaces Hamza Choudhury.

Foul by Jonny Evans (Leicester City).

Emiliano Buendía (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Ondrej Duda (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Emiliano Buendía.

Attempt saved. Harvey Barnes (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by James Maddison.

Dennis Praet (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Emiliano Buendía (Norwich City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool27261064174779
2Man City27183668293957
3Leicester28155854282650
4Chelsea2713594537844
5Man Utd27118841291241
6Tottenham2711794436840
7Sheff Utd27101072925440
8Wolves2791263832639
9Arsenal2781363936337
10Burnley27114123339-637
11Everton27106113641-536
12Southampton27104133448-1434
13Crystal Palace2789102432-833
14Newcastle2787122441-1731
15Brighton27610113239-728
16Bournemouth2775152643-1726
17Aston Villa2774163452-1825
18West Ham2766153248-1624
19Watford2759132443-1924
20Norwich2856172551-2621
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